Country Life,  Gardening,  Nature,  Photography

Spring is Around the Corner

Courtyard Garden Roses

Lovely music to accompany your little stroll thru the garden…

california native plant-ceanothus -

~ California Native Wild Lilac ~
Ceanothus is one of my favorite plants ~ it never disappoints.
In early to late spring it is dressed in these gorgeous blue flowers. That tinge of pink only makes it more wonderful. And being a lilac, it’s soft sweet fragrance wafts gently on the breezes.

We are basking beneath sunshine here in California tho we’ve had a good amount of rain. Almost “normal”!!
{said with fingers crossed!}

Oaks-country woman paints ©

~Huge Old Live Oaks~

Spring is my favorite time of year and it feels just around the corner.
I’ve realized how unrealistic is 20 feet of snow to trudge thru or watch from windows or cry over in doorways… And I surely would!!
Not one of my best plans!

I am puttering about my gardening chores, the roses call loudly for a haircut and farmer is painting shutters that have faded terribly in the hot summer sun.
The new red paint is so much brighter and I’m sure I’ll share with you one day soon!
It’s absolutely stunning to see intensely wild red against stucco in shades of warm wet earth.

I am a taurus and digging in the dirt is close to my heart.
I love the flowers we are blessed with in my part of the world; the colors always lift my mood no matter how low.

I find I crave a quiet mind. A healing time for body and soul.
Silence, time alone, for sorting just about everything.
It is a creative force as if sprites and fairies clamor within, driving a need to see color splashed just about everywhere ~ From my shutters to my pots of lavender, herbs, boxes of veggies to come and watercolors splashed upstairs.

I think I have found some level ground that isn’t shifting beneath me.
It is time I just be still. {tho I AM moving…}

Open to those little gifts that appear once my eyes are opened.

blue pansies
Blue Pansies As Always

The Journey

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and be,

though the voices around you kept shouting

their bad advice ~

though the whole house began to tremble

and you felt the old tug at your ankles.

“Mend my life!” each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations ~

though their melancholy was terrible.

It was already late enough and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice,

which you slowly recognized as your own,

that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do the only thing you could do –

determined to save the only life you could save.

~Mary Oliver

©2007-2016 by L’Adelaide. All rights reserved.

watercolor, 15x20
woman torn ~ watercolor, 15×20

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  • heretherebespiders

    Eiunadi is one of my favourites. Faith in humanity was recently restored when a 19 year old man told me he goes to see him every time he comes to Ireland. Yes! The lilacs are gorgeous – I can almost smell them. I grew up with Live Oak in Florida. They always impressed me.

    • ĽAdelaide

      Ah, great minds love the same music, no? 😉 The best part of these particular lilacs is they are a native plant here. These are nothing like the usual lilac as is probably obvious-tho I love them too, they do terribly here. We don’t have cold enough winters for them to bloom. So sad…. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Crowing Crone Joss

    That poem of Ms Oliver’s always brings tears to my eyes. So wise and powerful is she. Your flowers look lovely, I can almost smell them all the way down here. Take care of you dear one.

    • ĽAdelaide

      Ms. Oliver is one of my favorites, as you probably can tell. 😉 I apologize I have not visited to comment lately but I hope that changes soon. I am following along in your journeys, if only to dream. Please do take care of you too. With warm thoughts on the winds…

  • Mary

    I felt like I was walking your land right along side you – enjoying the green earth, flowers and warm Spring sun. This will be a wonderful year for you, that I’m sure.

  • cindy knoke

    My God goosebumps.
    So incredibly beautiful, and with the music.
    Thank you for this.
    It looks like you live near me,
    the ceonothus are blooming at The Holler.
    A cause for celebration.
    Like life.

    • ĽAdelaide

      weirdly, thanks be to WP, tho i did answer your comment to me, i now do not see it on my blog comments. so maybe you got it anyway? in short, my apologies and thanks for your kind comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed the music and get to have this lovely plant at the holler. 😉

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