A comment was made by auntiej5 in another blog about Tiger Lilies being in bloom-following that I’ve found myself noticing them more than usual, kind of like the way a person is more inclined to notice another vehicle of the same make and model as they one they own.
Beautiful flowers that include several varieties, and like all flowers give freely and display themselves for what must be in part the sheer joy of it.
Flowers, like all plants seem to respond to their emotional environment-by that I mean the care and loving hands that plant and tend to them- the way in which they are approached, and no doubt is the basis of the proverbial green thumb people speak of.
The nations have long believed that all things have a spirit, and as such communication in some form is possible-it is why we give thanks when harvesting, or taking cuttings from medicinal herbs and plants.
It is why we offer, pray, and even sing when preparing and tending a garden that will provide food and sustenance-why we give thanks during harvesting and while tilling the remnants back into the soil for next years garden.
Large or small, for viewing or nutrition, a standard all would do well to observe and follow.
A garden is an act of communion, bridging a gulf between the physical and the ethereal, a communion whose visual and aromatic benefits can be shared if composed of flowers with even the most casual of observers, or the sharing of corn, peas, tomatoes,and other vegetables with those who have need of them.
To do so is an act of unity, of caring and giving, of paying it forward that begins with the planting of a humble seed.
It has been said that no man stands taller than when stooping to help a child- I think it can be added that no man, woman, or child stands taller when stooping to plant and tend a garden.
Thank you auntie for the reminder.