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Trees and shrubs are blossoming in yards, orchards and even in the marsh.  It’s blossoming time in Nova Scotia.  The air seems enchanted as delicate white and pink petals are blown in the wind.  The time to enjoy them is now. 

Chokecherry blossoms are blooming in the woods and near the marsh. 

Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.
~ Ikkyu Sojun

The flowers of Elder trees are nearing the end of their blooming time.  By Midsummer’s Eve, their green fruit will already be visible. 

Serviceberry, also known as shadbush, are among the first of the trees to blossom.  Their delicate flowers have already been blown off many of the trees near the marsh.

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~ Anais Nin

Pin cherry blossoms are not as showy as most of the other blooms.  Their tiny fruit will be appreciated by the birds later this summer.

The crabapple tree is blossoming next to the house.  I always wonder where the pinks of the buds go once the white flowers open.  This tree seems to bloom for such a short time.  The strong winds we’ve experienced over the past day have blown so many of the petals off the trees.  Blossoming time will soon be over. 

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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crabapple

Never mind ideal soil, ideal sun or ideal climate.  The crabapple tree is in bloom on the west side of the house.  It’s beautiful.  I didn’t plant it.  It just grew up one day just over a decade ago, next to the foundation.  I never thought it would survive there with so little rain under the overhang of the roof.  I prune it to limit its size, but otherwise just let it be.

blossomsWhat is gardening other than simply controlling what grows where and how?  These days there’s a renewed interest in native species.  Gardeners are choosing them over more exotic varieties because they require less maintenance.  They are more climate friendly, require less watering and aren’t as easily devoured by pests. What a brilliant idea!  Plant trees, shrubs and flowers that used to naturally grow in your local area before humans started intervening with their gardening practices. 

No need to go to a garden centre to purchase native plants.  Just stop mowing your lawn in select areas and it won’t be long before native species take root and start growing where their seeds have implanted themselves into the earth (with no help whatsover from human hands).  

Couldn’t this practice be applied to people as well as plants?  I wonder what would happen if humans just relaxed a bit and tried to grow where they were planted, making the most of their surroundings and learning to live within the boundaries of their present circumstances.  Imagine what could be done if all the energy that was normally directed at adapting to a strange environment was focused on simply making the most of here and now.  Maybe we’d all be in bloom.

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I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.
~ Pablo Neruda

cherry blossom branchSpring changes everything.  Trees blossom to life, flowers push out of the cold, damp ground and animals get busy finding mates and making preparations for the next generation.  Even our bodies seem more at ease after rigidly holding up our shoulders  during the cold winter months.

We’re changed internally too.  We feel lighter, and not just from shedding extra layers of clothes.  We have more energy to clean the cobwebs out of the corners of our homes and minds; we’re eager to spend more time outdoors and cheerfully look forward to warmer days ahead.  Spring is in the air and we’re transformed. 

For many, love is also in the air.  This week I’ve been working on a wedding invitation design for a friend who’s getting married later this summer.  Along with a Celtic knot, the design incorporates a phrase chosen by him and his fiancée that speaks of the transformational effect of love…

celticknot

Like spring, love awakens that which is lying dormant within us and beckons us to be transformed.    There is a call to action and growth… a moving up and forward into the future while also giving us enjoyment in the present moment.  This is what the tree buds and our winter-weary hearts have been waiting for.   Ahh… spring!

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