Thursday, May 27, 2010

Global Blooming

If you were ever curious about global warming, all you would have to do is look in my front yard.  Although I don't have any polar bears floating by on rapidly melting ice floes, I have flowers and trees far ahead of their bloom time; so much so that I wonder if there will be anything left come August.

Trees that didn't leaf out until May were going great-gusto in early April.  The columbines and lilacs are finishing up and the peonies and roses have geared up to take over the show.  Last night as I was cleaning out flower beds I noticed  one over-achieving black-eyed Susan that was thinking about blooming.  In May.  In Michigan.

I'm always very grateful for the pretty, yet a little worried at the accelerated time-frame.  Maybe if we all decided to take a walk instead of taking a drive, we could slow down Mother Nature's clock and stop and smell the roses at the same time.  It would be a win-win situation all the way around, I think.

"Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars...
and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful.
Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason;
they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents 
and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.
Look at the flowers -- for no reason.
It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are."  ~~Osho

"Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior,
but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex
every time he looks at a flower."  ~~Alan C. Kay

"Nobody sees a flower, really; it is so small.  
We haven't time, and to see takes time --
like to have a friend takes time." ~~Georgia O'Keeffe

Mila, the garden supervisor.

"The problem with cats is they get the exact same look on their face
whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer."  ~~Paula Poundstone


Rebecca said...

I am a gardening idiot. What are those purple flowers- the first ones, not the irises- and will they grow in shade? They are pretty.

GreenTuna said...

For years I was a gardening idiot. I'm slightly better, but have a long way to go. The first purple plant is a clematis. We have them in the sun and this one is in the shade. It doesn't seem to mind either way. They like to climb (bonus, says I) and they are perennials. Really beautiful and once they establish themselves, are essentially no-maintenance.

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