A Beautiful Day For Ducks, Ferns and Flowers

The garden enjoys yet another cool moist day.

The Earth and its tenants soaking in every drop of moisture.

Creeping Jenny, overhanging the edge of the deck.

Creeping Jenny, overhanging the edge of the deck.

Leaves turn brighter,

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flowers grow larger,

Ginger Lilies

Ginger Lilies

and ferns bask in misty air and continuing showers.

Buds begin to open on this Camellia surrounded by ferns.

Buds begin to open on this Camellia surrounded by ferns.

Our garden feels like a rain forest. 

Lichen covered Azalea

Lichen covered Azalea

Abundance enfolds us with life giving rain.

Pineapple Sage

Pineapple Sage

Staccato beat of raindrops on the roof a peaceful,

reminder of the good fortune showering all around us.

Birds fly in and out of the Lantana in search of seeds;

Lantana is still blooming

Lantana is still blooming

squirrels dig their holes in the lawn as the cat naps inside.

Some might call it a “dull day” as thick clouds mask the sun.

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Some might mistake mid-day for twilight.

Pyracantha berries

Pyracantha berries

Yang requires yin; sun enables shadow;

and the baked Earth yields to the patient, steady shower of rain from heaven.October 13 rain 026

What was crispy has softened.  What was shriveled is plump and full.

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The garden’s thirst is quenched as one day drips into the next.

Yellow fig leaves litter the path behind a budding Camellia shrub.

Yellow fig leaves litter the path behind a budding Camellia shrub.

Beauty blossoms and unfolds around us,

Reblooming Iris, "Rosalie Figge" with Chrysanthemums and Lantana

Reblooming Iris, “Rosalie Figge” with Chrysanthemums and Lantana

easing the transition from growth to decay,

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warmth to cold, lush to sparse, colorful to muted.

Roots of an oak tree

Roots of an oak tree

As the year continues to unfold,

days wash together in a gurgling stream of change.

Basket of Begonias

Basket of Begonias

Sometimes rushing past,

sometimes pooling in quiet and peaceful rest.

Camellia sasanqua bud

Camellia sasanqua in bud

Like today.

A strawberry runner, roots drinking moisture from the wet air.

A strawberry runner, roots drinking moisture from the wet air.

Lao Tzu teaches: “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,

yet nothing can resist it.”

and

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.

Don’t resist them-that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.

Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

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A good day for contemplation and peaceful appreciation.

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Reblooming Iris, “Lunar Whitewash”

A good day for ferns, flowers, ducks,

and listening to the music of rain falling in the forest.

All photos by Woodland Gnome 2013

Roots and Blooms- re-blooming Iris

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

6 responses to “A Beautiful Day For Ducks, Ferns and Flowers

  1. Forest So Green

    I like the photo of your creeping jenny.

  2. Lovely pics! Rain falling in the forest is certainly a musical sound!

  3. Beautiful photos! ypu’re right about it looking like a rainforest. In some pics, It looked more like Washington than Virginia. You have beautiful ferns. You are blessed with a secod spring right in the shadows of autumn. Enjoy it!

    • Yes, the lichens reminds me of how beautiful it is in Washington and Oregon. The Autumn ferns are very tolerant of our heat and drought during the summer, and continue growing all winter. They allow us to enjoy ferns even without the blessing of Northwest climate. Best wishes, WG

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