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Solstice Seeds of Intention

This week my garden has been getting a little online attention. Exciting but also a little bit crazy – people out there are finding and reading my online rambles… It is obvious that using tags helps with this. Do folks search tags when looking for stories to read? I will have to try this out myself.

  
In the past 48 hours  we have had some torrential rain, and it remains over cast and drizzly. What a difference a generous soaking has made in the garden. All of the plants are standing up strong, and full. Hydrated, nourished ready to have their cells multiply and divide. The energy in and around the garden can only be described as vivid. It’s as though you can hear the plants chattering – an extensive variety of weeds have also appeared. I didn’t think we could have an exclusive relationship – I  like to reflect on the integration of “weeds’ and “food” or I guess “not weeds”.

This year, the bird life on the land has been exceptional. I don’t recall hearing and seeing so many species hanging around the place.The number and variety of birdsong is even greater than those I can actually see and identify. This afternoon – there were killdeer, red wing black birds, robins and swallows – interestingly in groups of three. I don’t know enough about numerology so I won’t attempt to read into it. At any rate the bird life is a rewarding gift of the garden and rains…

All of this is leading up to June 21 – the summer solstice, and father’s day. I do love this time of year, and realize it is another opportunity to practice non-attachment. In one way it is a potentially sad reminder that the days will begin to shorten, and in the immortal words of Jon Snow “Winter is coming”. At the same time if provides an opportunity to stop and be present and enjoy every second of daylight- while setting intentions for the next six months.

Planting the seeds in the garden roughly six weeks ago – was an exercise in setting intentions. The intention to water, weed, care for and harvest – the intention to write about the experience. A joyful feeling.

Reflecting on my garden, I realized the influence my dad has had on me and my yard work projects. As a child I was always attempting to grow things – some grew, some didn’t. My parents gave me free reign, and I took to gardening and lawn care like a natural. I never totally knew what I was doing, I still don’t!! I have however always enjoyed it.  Wandering through the beds, I see the rhubarb, and hollyhocks sprouting up from seed. These plants take me to my childhood backyard where the rhubarb and hollyhock are still growing thirty years strong.

   
 

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Patience is a Virtue

At this point the kale is now gone, radishes soon to follow… All at the hands of a small moth with the biological imperative to reproduce. I am also just letting those crops go – exhale – non attachment. I have also made several observations – potatoes are growing like gang busters – but will be moved to far east bed where the wind seems the craziest next year. All other crops are moving along, but at the same time seem stunted. I think they need more heat – less wind.

This week, the most exciting discovery is that little Grizzabella has a flower – so perhaps she will bear fruit. The band aid is still on, as is the gauze and chop sticks they haven’t blown off!!!

 
The wind has died down. A little rain and things seem to be coming together. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Coming and going. Memorials, baby showers, going away parties and retirement celebrations. Many opportunities to practice non attachment. My Buddha candle continues to exist in a halfway state and the quote “go ahead… PRACTICE NON-ATTACHMENT Burn the Buddha! (You can do it)” is always running through my mind. 

Will wrap up this post with freshly hilled potatoes – done by hand – so therapeutic! And hands reeking of Cilantro one if my favorites!

Go Ahead…

  

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