Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca (17th century Spanish dramatist)
Every 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.
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.”
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.
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, 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
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 😊
That fresh May green is exhilarating. Wonderful photos!
Thanks, Jason! It’s easy to take photos when the world is this pretty 🙂
Green and glorious is right. Ah, May!
Thanks for stopping by, Laurie – I imagine that your northern area is greening up now too – enjoy!
Right now, it’s as green as Ireland in Maine. Love it!
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 🙂
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.
Thank you, Jude – it amazes me how much green growth happens in such a short time!
A refreshing post to look through. Thank you.
Thanks, tootlepedal – green is a refreshing color, yes? 🙂
Absolutely. We are at peak green here at the moment.
Beautiful! I do love looking at your gardens pictures, Lynn. You are blessed!🌳🌱🌾🥀
Thank you, Nancy; it is wonderful to have you stop by and enjoy the garden 🙂
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 🙂
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.
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 🙂
Beautifully written, and so soothing to see and “walk through” the greens of your woodland
Thank you, Lynn, and thank you for stopping by. We are having a very lush and early spring; I hope you are starting to see growth in your northern climate.
It’s amazing how a little warmth and rain can paint such a beautiful canvas…expertly captured by you!
I was thinking of the rain that you got this spring and its effect on your gardens, Audrey; I hope everything is growing well in your part of the world.
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 🙂
Yes indeed, diversifolius – happiness is loving nature 🙂
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.
That is fantastic that you have heard of Richard St. Barbe Baker. He was a very unique fellow indeed! You have a fantastic site as well! Amazing images of the garden
Thank you so much; enjoy your visits!