Friday, March 4 - Planning the garden
Plants we have:
Many large holy live oak trees
Burr or lacey oak
Nellie R. Stevens holly
Wax leaf ligustrum
Will Fleming hollies
Dwarf yaupon hollies
by May Sarton,
from Collected Poems 1930-1993. © W.W. Norton and Co.
Always it happens when we are not there--
The tree leaps up alive into the air,
Small open parasols of Chinese green
Wave on each twig. But who has ever seen
The latch sprung, the bud as it burst?
Spring always manages to get there first.
Lovers of wind, who will have been aware
Of a faint stirring in the empty air,
Look up one day through a dissolving screen
To find no star, but this multiplied green,
Shadow on shadow, singing sweet and clear.
Listen, lovers of wind, the leaves are here!
Other stuff we have:
Benches - 3
Low limestone walls & borders
Iron cross on wall
Bird feeders, birdbath
Oriental lanterns - 3
Japanese stepping stones - 8
Japanese roof tiles - 2
Dry stream bed
Fruit stepping stones - 6
Stone planters - 2
Garden hanging art
Wall water fountain
Very large Jade pot
Stuff to consider:
Water feature or fountain
Owl house & bat house
Moon window gates
Herb Celtic knot garden
"Deep purple" color
Water basin & dipper
Plants we'd like to add:
Holly with berries
This is going to be such fun!
We can't wait to realize our
garden plans and thoughts!
Soul of the Garden retreat
here we come!
by Mary Oliver, from Owls and Other Fantasies
© Beacon Press, 2003.
Some goldfinches were having a melodious argument at the edge of a puddle.
The birds wanted to bathe, or perhaps just to dip their heads and look at themselves, and they were having trouble with who should be first, and so on. So they discussed it while I stood in the distance, listening. Perhaps in Tibet, in the old holy places, they also have such fragile bells. Or are these birds really just that, bells come to us—come to this road in America—let us bow our heads and remember now how we used to do it, say a prayer. Meanwhile the birds bathe and splash and have a good time. Then they fly off, their dark wings opening from their bright, yellow bodies; their tiny feet, all washed, clasping the air.
It is only when you start a garden - probably after age fifty -
that you realize something important happens every day.
~ Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
Wish list of plants and other items