Serenity in the garden

We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. ~Sri S. Satchidananda

The garden is waking up and I am a frequent visitor. When I cannot bear another word or warning of the world’s calamities, I step outside. A month ago, the world was white with snow. FebSnowgate

Then the March winds came and turned the sky blue. marchskies

The robins and a pair of mourning doves are regular visitors to the birdbath and their songs ring out in a quiet world that has begun to bloom. The snowdrops appeared first, tiny clusters of white that nodded in the early spring sun and shrugged off the snow. The Tommy crocus (Crocus tommisinianus) appeared soon after, to the delight of a few early insects.

Now the hellebores are stealing the show. Some are named varieties with strong colors and sometimes doubled in form. (click any photo in the mosaic to see a full size image)

Others are chance seedlings of a few plants gifted to me by a friend many years ago. They seem to have crossed with the fancy ones and made some pretty color combinations.  A few even lift their faces up to the spring sun.

Forsythia and Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry) are bearing their cheery yellow flowers while a few daffodils come into bloom.

I leave behind worry each time I step into the garden and embrace the serenity that I find there. May you find inspiration in the beauty around you and dream beautiful dreams.

My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

All photos and text ©2020 Lynn Emberg Purse, except where noted

42 thoughts on “Serenity in the garden

  1. Today, Palm Sunday, I chose to escape the crippling fear of the world’s calamity by stopping by your garden so that I could exhale–if just for a moment. Three friends got COVID-19 two weeks ago. Two recovered but one died–alone and buried without a funeral. He was one of our great jazz pianists. Both children and grandson live in the major epicenters. Today one NYC resident dies every three minutes from the virus. I am consumed with worry. If you ever wonder if blogging about your garden helps humanity in any way, think of me…

    Hope you and yours are doing well. Warmest Regards, ET

    • Oh my dear friend, I’m glad my garden nourished you. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and worries – I have filtered the news because of the crippling fear it engenders and spend more time in my garden instead. We are doing well here, we both are teaching all of our classes online and Angel is delighted to have us at home. I just posted a new soliloquy on the quiet in the garden; I will stop by to see you today.

      • Hi Lynn. Wish I could say I was, but we have been asked to limit our excursions away from home to necessities only. Much as I’d like to classify it as such, I can’t justify such a claim for forays into nature right now.

      • We have a county park nearby that is still open for walking and biking, as long as people keep their distance. I thought perhaps you had somewhere near home where you can find retreat. Otherwise, the world is shut down here except for the necessities too.

      • There are places that are technically not closed but…the weather here has been atrocious and people are being discouraged from driving anywhere they don’t have to go. There’s not much within walking distance; there are a (very) few places, but between the weather and the fact that everyone is in the same boat (i.e. the few places within walking distance have a tendency to become crowded), it’s a difficult situation. If the weather ever improves I’ll check things out but I have a gnawing suspicion that the few available options represent exactly the kind of situation that needs to be avoided.

  2. Such a beautiful garden!
    My Arizona cactus have just started to bloom. The desert has had a lot of rain – should be a wonderful spring show anytime now.
    My Alberta garden is still under snow, I am told. Canada has said we should come back home now. Our risk analysis says we stay in the AZ sunshine for a while longer!

  3. Oh, how beautiful and soothing, Lynn! Hopeful to see what may be happening here, eventually. I dream of your garden; it’s that magical to me.

    I was thinking of you today. I wrote a little piece that went viral (!) and, among a zillion others, a composer contacted me and wants to set it to music. I thought, “Lynn would be able to advise me!”

    These are hard days, but not without blessing. I yearn to get into my gardens and just be with them, in peace. I will picture you doing that, working your magic, staying well, and creating beauty! Love to you.

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