Have you seen the Green Man? His tracks are everywhere these days… in the yard, in the woods and around the salt marsh. He’s been busy engaged in activities that are too often attributed to Mother Nature.
From the trail I can see where he’s been doing his business in the woods, carpeting the forest floor.
Even areas with standing dead wood seem to come to life with him around.
The Green Man has been laboring in secret for thousands of years. Besides greenery, his signature work includes flowers like forget-me-nots that are frequently found growing out of bounds.
Through the ages, he’s been known by many titles, among them Pan, Silvanus, the Wild Man, Skanda and the Green Knight. But Mystery’s always his middle name. He’s busy wherever it’s spring and summer on the planet, spreading his seed and encouraging unbridled growth. His drawn, painted, or sculptured image is found worldwide in various cultures dating back to ancient times. His face is often covered with leaves.
Though you may not get to see him in person, you’re probably familiar with his work. It speaks to all of us who are looking for a rebirth of the spirit (and the garden) at this time of year.
For more information about the Green Man, see Wikipedia’s entry.