What are the connections between our garden and the creatures who visit it?
And how can we increase the rich diversity of life in our gardens by the way we manage it, and by which plants we choose to nurture?
I suppose one can spend a lifetime exploring these ideas. Perhaps the answers continue to change as we, the gardeners, evolve; as we find ourselves more connected to the rhythms of our gardens.
And perhaps the answers continue to change as our gardens evolve and grow into the fullness of their possibilities.
Our understanding grows as we experiment and observe.
Maybe our invitation to life expands as we understand the rich connections between fungi and plant, insect and bird, seed and soil, leaf and larvae, flower and butterfly. We see how we are all connected to the sun, and the same water fills all of our living cells.
There comes a point, for some of us, where we focus more on which species we hope to include, than on those we try to exclude.
Insects no longer appear as the enemy, and what was once weed finds its place in our tapestry as a valued perennial.
If you’ve studied yoga, perhaps you remember that more than exercise, it is about joining things together: body and breath, mind and body, breath and thought.
Could there be a yoga of gardening?
A spiritual science of understanding the subtle connections between the elements we once believed to be separate and discrete?
Inspired by the Daily Post’s
Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected
Woodland Gnome 2015
Loved this post, WG. We are very connected to both the plant and animal life in our gardens, and that connection only deepens with time.
Your mallow is spectacular!
Thank you Eliza . …That is Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ and we are so pleased it’s blooming again . The Japanese beetles hit it hard this summer, but it has grown new leaves and come back strong . After a while they all feel like old friends . Hope you are enjoying the weekend – E
Thank you, the weather has been amazing the past couple days, but sounds like we’re now going to get H/H ’til Wed. I keep wondering if this is the last of the warm weather, so try to appreciate it, even as I’m broiling! As you know, my winters are way too long! 😉
H/H sounds like the forecast here, too. Very humid and overcast here today- not exactly great weather for those flocking the beaches. But yes, good to enjoy the remaining warmth before autumn sets in. I answered you last night from a tablet and just realized it ‘corrected’ the name of the Hibiscus- which is supposed to be H. ‘Kopper King.’ It is reblooming, unlike the native Hibiscus which have finished for the season. It is remarkable for its size in its second season in the garden 😉 Giant hugs, WG
Oh, I LOVE the idea of gardening as yoga. Great connection! Oh – and I love all your winged friends – beautiful! 🙂
Thank you Anna 😊
I like that idea of a yoga of gardening. I think that is probably what you have achieved. Maybe someday I’ll get there, too. 🙂
Thank you Anna☺
Well said, a yoga of gardening is a wonderful way of describing how a lot of us feel about insects and wildflowers. Lovely interpretation of connected.
Thank you, Julie ❤
Exquisite photos. Hard to capture a butterfly as it drinks nectar from a flower but I think you’ve done it. thank you for this lovely photo collage story.
Thank you, Debbie, for such kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed visiting with our butterflies 😉
I did. I believe in the principle of synchoninity so I always visit the blogs before and after mine when I participate in the wordpress challenge 🙂
Synchronicity is the magic in our lives. What a great practice! I do that when time allows- and now I realize I need to make time and allow the opportunities. Thank you for your visit ❤ WG
Whoops! I just realised i spelt synchronicity wrong!!! I do firmly believe that the magical power of the universe brings like minded people together via this jungian principle. so i ALWAYS visit the blogs just before and just after mine, even if I have time to visit no others on the weekly wordpress challenge!
and i stumbled into your beautiful flowers today! Synchronicity!!! 🙂
Thank you, Debbie. I’ll be by to enjoy yours this evening, and will look forward to it all day. I’m headed out for a day on the road for a family occasion. We relay on the magical power of the universe in all things. Blessings to you- ❤
Beautiful! May the wings of the butterflies be with you in the magical universe on planet earth today 🙂
Thank you . ..I believe they were 😊
Great pictures. I loved the messages 👍🏻
Thank you 😊