The Miracle of a Flower

saint peter port, Channel Islands (2)“Around us, life bursts with miracles — a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”  — Thích Nhất Hạnh

Photographed in Saint Peter Port, Channel Islands.

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Lemon Flowers for Ileana

20 (2)My potted Lemon Tree is covered with blooms and the bees are happily flying from flower to flower, helping to pollinate them. I was going to plant the tree in the ground but the small Meyer Lemon is doing so well in the planter that I decided to leave it in there. This variety is known for thriving in containers. The fruits have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common Lisbon or Eureka lemon varieties commonly found in the grocery stores.

In Every Plant Has a Story I talked about how my aunt Ileana had given me this tree as a Christmas present back in 2013. I always think of her when I look at it. These fragrant flowers are for you, Ileana.

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The Bees are Back

IMG_1104 (3)Yay! The Carambola trees are full of flowers and the bees are buzzing around, pollinating them. Can’t wait till the trees are thick with tasty Star Fruit.

Did you know that this week is “National Pollinators Week”? I kid you not. Who would have known!? I came across a little blurb about it on Instagram, which prompted me to do some research. Eight years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved and designated a week in June as “National Pollinators Week” to address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinators include bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year; and this year it’s June 15-21, 2015. For useful Planting Guides and pollinator trivia you can go to www.pollinator.org

 
 
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