The wayside in June is full of unexpected colors. You may walk or drive past something beautiful for several days before the sun sits upon it in a manner that catches your attention. The bright pink chives, shown above, stand out in the sunshine as they grow in the grey gravel. How they managed to thrive on the side of a busy road is a mystery.
Lupins are not an uncommon sight along the roadsides in Nova Scotia. Yet every June, they bring delight to drivers and walkers alike. Whether they’re growing on the side of a ditch or next to a trail, their pink and purple hues are a welcome sight.
One doesn’t usually expect to see roses growing in eel grass along a rocky shore. Like life, beauty manages to find a way.
Hidden in the shade, a profusion of wild violets bloom with abandon near a forest trail. To see so many in one spot is a wonder.
The delicate lady slippers one finds while out romping in the woods don’t bring half the joy of the single one found growing unexpectedly next to a path in one’s own yard. Lady slippers don’t take well to being transplanted, and so will only grow where they want to grow.
In the early morning light, burgundy colored brush appears to be ablaze against the cool June greens of the marsh grass.
Often it’s the meals that we don’t cook that give us the greatest pleasure. Similarly, it’s the plants that we don’t grow ourselves but suddenly appear on the landscape, without any expectation on our part, that bring us the greatest delight. In both instances, the element of surprise seems to be a key ingredient to finding enjoyment in the everyday.
Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
~ Samuel Johnson