I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief - Gerry Spence
In color psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive color that inspires warm and comforting feelings. The color pink gives the feeling that everything will go well or be okay. Most people have heard of the saying “everything is rosy”. It may also indicate good health and success. (Jacob Olesen - Color-Meanings.com)
Buddha once held up a flower to his
disciples and asked each of them to
say something about it.
One pronounced a
lecture. Another a poem.
Yet another a parable.
Each trying to outdo the
other in depth and erudition.
smiled and said nothing. Only he had
seen the flower.
Anthony de Mello: The Song of the Bird, "Label makers"
In vain the am'rous flute and soft guitar,
jointly labour to inspire
wanton heart and loose desire,
whilst thy chaste airs do gently move,
seraphic flames and heav'nly love.
Henry Purcell: "Hail bright Cecilia!" Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
Autumn is like an old book:
Marred spines turn mean yellow,
staples rust red-orange.
Every stained page is stressed
by a splat of color. Rough-red,
like an old tavern,
we become hungry birds
and prepare for fall.
Shape and shadow are candied citron
as lanterns turn bitter yellow. Autumn
is a red fox, a goblet filled with dark wine,
a hot chilli pepper with smoky eyes.
Pressed leaves take in the colors
of seafood paella and saffron; these leaves
are like death, climaxing with a smile.
Autumn: Her dress is a net of mussels;
dark shelled, it covers up
summer’s weatherbeaten body.
So pull out your boots
and stand on an aged, wood floor
like an evergreen.
Mary Hamrick : "Autumn"
What is the relationship between Santa Barbara and Mexican fleabane ? It is hard to say. Holy persons are to attract attention whereas fleabane has long been reputed to drive away fleas, at least Mexican ones. Both names, however, refer to a small herbaceous plant Santa Barbara had probably never heard of, before she became its patron saint: Erigeron karvinskianus. The Latinized name karvinskianus has a less heavenly origin as it was coined to commemorate one of the most outstanding minds of the XIX century: Baron Wilhelm Friedrich von Karwinsky von Karwin, whose vast interests in nature made him visit Brazil and Mexico. There he noticed and described a lot of new species, one of them was a daisy- like graceful plant, the protagonist of today's post. And fleas? They had been absent at that time driven away to remote places. Who knows whether or not Santa Barbara was involved in that exodus?
'Golden Queen' is its name, which makes the hazard totally obscure to all innocent admirers. Truth be told, there is plenty to admire: nice clumps of ornamentally dissected, jagged-toothed, deep green leaves; gracefully slender but sturdy stems, and finally, large globular buds bursting open in late spring bringing into every garden an explosion of unsurpassable mango- orange flowers. Well, the resemblance to mango fruit ends here as all parts of Chinese Globeflower are poisonous. The good news is that the poison does not transmit through looking at the beautiful blossoms. However, there have been observed some symptoms of strange intoxication: those who happened to look at 'Golden Queen' got severely addicted to the plant and developed a desperate compulsion to grow it in their own garden. Beware!
I was destined to be born gardener. In order to become a professional one I had to enjoy years of studying at various schools and universities... read more