Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Don't Miss it!

In this post, I wanted to showcase the flowers on parade in the residential gardens throughout Northwest, DC.  If you are looking for a place to appreciate Spring's color and fragrance, this corner of The District has got it. 
Wisteria photo:LAM
Though many people consider it a weed, Wisteria can be breathtaking. When it's in bloom, dangling chandeliers of fragrant lavender dew drops appear, entwining the tower at the National Cathedral, strand upon trailing strand. I have wanted to photograph it for years and recently I had some time to walk over and stare at it.  I don't think it has reached its peak yet, so it's not too late to see it for yourself.

It is probably the evanescent nature of the flowers that makes Spring so exciting.  The Cherry Blossoms are here today and gone tomorrow.  We can't really control them and it makes us love them more. 

Rare things are valuable and in nature most plants bloom just onetime each year.

Azalea Collection USNA photo:LAM
In an earlier post, I mentioned the National Arboretum's Azalea Collection.  It's only a few weeks in April when the Azalea's come to life.  In DC, the Azaleas are the stars of late April and early May.  Their colors are so spectacular that we don't mind planting them in our yards and staring at the green leaves for the rest of the year.  We appreciate that it takes a year long cycle for them to produce the beautiful display.

We too are seasonal beings. We bloom and we fade, we leaf out and we go dormant.

For the most part, other than waiting for babies to be born or flowers to bloom, humans are relatively impatient about development. We are out of touch with our natural rhythm.  Even though we know that anticipation is one of things that makes realization satisfying, we don't like to wait. We don't like to let things take their course. 

This is another opportunity for us to take our cue from nature. Is it possible for us to recognize our process, the building blocks, the time spent 'becoming' and embrace all that in the same way we appreciate the bursts of color and the exciting moments? Can we prevent ourselves from getting anxious or impatient during the part of the year when there isn't any color in the garden? This year, we could try to align our life rhythm with the plants bloom cycle. It might be a good challenge to see if we can enjoy the time it takes to develop a spectacular life, the way a flower enjoys soaking up the suns rays and using the soil's nutrients and the sky's water to make itself whole.
Illicium Anisatum (Star Anise) Photo: LAM
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1

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