Of trees and greenness

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.  ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca (17th century Spanish dramatist)

greenwoodlandEvery window frames a scene of green. Those first lovely hints of verdure in April have grown fulsome and lush in May and each moment in the garden brings a sense of deep peace and healing. The weather seesaws between warm sunny days and cool rainy ones, pushing and pulling the garden into breathtaking loveliness.gardentreesWP

Delicate flowers in tones of white and blush pink sing against the green resonance of their leaves while floral buds of deep jewel tones promise brighter scenarios to come. (Click on any image to see a larger photo)

The woodland trees – oak, ash, maple, hickory – are in their glory, leaves unfurled in a rich tapestry of fresh new color, that brief moment in time before they settle into the solemn shades of summer.

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. ~Martin Luther

The trees call to me as they arch over the garden, protective, connecting earth to sky, a verdant canopy that magically sifts and filters the light. “Walk in our greenness” they seem to say, “partake of our calm and silence.”summersnowflake

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. ~Tagore

I wish you a green and glorious May; I invite you to walk through a woodland and breathe in harmony with the earth.

See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence . . . We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~Mother Teresa

All photos ©2017 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved.

35 thoughts on “Of trees and greenness

  1. I’ve just found your site. It’s delightful. Where you are looks so beautiful. What you so elegantly write about the seasons can be true of England too, except for our more moderate winters. I look forward to seeing more of your posts. Greetings from ‘across the pond’ in the UK.
    — Richard

    • Richard, what a pleasure to have you here! The rolling hills and greenery of this region is very similar to parts of England. I just spent a few moments exploring your blog and was delighted to see that we share many of the same thoughts about the garden, especially the connections between music and nature. Thank you for taking the time to comment and connect. ~Lynn

  2. Greenness (love the “verdure”) and trees–they speak to me, too–how can they not call to us all? Our earth and its powerful colors. Quotes were perfect. You truly live in a kind of heavenly spot, good composer…can you hear the music of the spheres out there, too?

    • So glad to hear that the “greenness” resonated with you, Cynthia. Yes, it does feel heavenly in the garden. To answer your question, I hear the trees singing when I’m in the garden – the music of the spheres happens in my dreams 😊

  3. It’s always wonderful to walk through your garden, Lynn. I’ve been doing some forest bathing, too. The greens and the trees are so healing. 🙂

    • “forest bathing” – Robin, that is the perfect phrase! I agree, the greens and trees are very healing. I go among them and feel myself let go inside and embrace the moment. Enjoy the green of the season 🙂

  4. I love to see the new buds emerge and all the different shades of green, it feels like one day everything is brown and then we get some sunshine, some rain and some warmth and nature does her thing again! A lovely visit to your gorgeous garden Lynn, thank you.

  5. Well, this is a perfect birthday treat, Lynn. Your own writing, the quotes you chose and your garden all harmonize into an experience of pure earthly pleasure, befitting mid May. I wish you many happy hours in the garden this year! Thank you!

    • Your birthday? Fantastic, and have a wonderful one! Yes, the garden and woodlands are a “pure earthly pleasure” – I hope you are enjoying late spring in your area too. Thanks as always for stopping by, Lynn 🙂

  6. There is one “don’t blink or you’ll miss it” point each year when a woodland seems to pause between bare branches and mature leaves, when the fresh green of spring takes hold and enchants those lucky enough to experience it. Thanks for the glorious reminder.

    • Kerry, you are so right – it is the transient moment that captures our imagination and brings enchantment with it. One of the many reasons that I love your work is that you capture those turning points, those magical moments in nature that are so fleeting.

  7. Such poetry and specific rendering of the spring glory we’re gifted every year…and it’s always new, isn’t it? Thank you, Lynn, and blessings as your greenery continues to unfold.

    • Kitty, you remind me of my thoughts this morning as I walked through the garden. Each leaf on every tree is brand new, never seen before, fresh and unsullied by the assaults of daily life. This is the time of rare gifts, of newness and fresh life, that carry us through the seasons. I hope your world is turning a lovely shade of green 🙂

  8. Beautiful pictures; indeed everything is so green and peaceful in the forest and garden. Lucky those who are in sync with the nature! like us 🙂

    • Thank you, I so appreciate your visit. I have been a fan of Richard St. Barbe Baker for many years – the man of the trees. Trees are central to my life as well as the life of the planet and I treasure their presence in my life. Thank you for your wonderful site and the important work that you do.

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