Ragged Robin flowers grow wild in the yard. They just popped up a few summers ago and I’ve been mowing around them ever since. They’re too pretty to cut down.
I used to mow around the Oxeye daisies too but now restrict their growth to mostly a large circular bed in one corner of the yard. Once they’re done blooming, I mow the area flat.
Wild flowers require no special care. They grow where God has planted them (or I’ve transplanted them) and need no extra watering beyond what rains down. They’re not as prone to blight and insect damage as introduced species seem to be, and the slugs don’t have much of an apetite for them.
Unfortunately, these plants are often seen as weeds and tend to be either tolerated or eradicated with great effort from city lawns.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
~ William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
Whether or not a plant is considered a weed is a matter of perception. Poet William Blake believed that ‘If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.’ Signs of innocence are close at hand but it’s up to us to open our eyes, take notice and try to understand them. ‘Everything that lives is holy’ and can bring us in touch with that which is infinite. What positive things might happen today if we were willing to abandon our pre-conceived, limited notions of beauty and abundance?
Nature in its many forms possesses qualities that can connect us to this holy state. From sandpipers on the ocean’s shore to doves on city streets, these signs of innocence are ready to give us a glimpse of the infinite and the eternal, if only we would adjust our focus.