We're celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in India. I'd like to take this opportunity to send every Blotanist my regards and my good wishes.
Ever since I joined Blotanical, so many lives have touched mine. It may have been just a few words or paragraphs, a photo, or loads of them! For each and every connection that was made,and will be made, I am thankful.
In a short span of time, I've had the chance to learn so many aspects of gardening, visit the most amazing gardens, meet wonderful people, drool over the prettiest blooms and insects and skyscapes... admire the changes that the seasons bring, FEEL the sense of joy or or sadness.I couldn't have asked for more!
As I light my earthen lamps and my candles, my thoughts are with you ... Wish you all peace and happiness...in this Festival of Lights!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau