“I watched bulls bred to cows, watched mares foal, I saw life come from the egg and the multiplicative wonders of mudholes and ponds, the jell and slime of life shimmering in gravid expectation. Everywhere I looked, life sprang from something not life, insects unfolded from sacs on the surface of still waters and were instantly on prowl for their dinner, everything that came into being knew at once what to do and did it, unastonished that it was what it was, unimpressed by where it was, the great earth heaving up bloodied newborns from every pore, every cell, bearing the variousness of itself from every conceivable substance which it contained in itself, sprouting life that flew or waved in the wind or blew from the mountains or stuck to the damp black underside of rocks, or swam or suckled or bellowed or silently separated in two.” ~E. L. Doctorow
Life! Life I say! Life-sacred and mysterious–I’ve had a hand in creating life again! And as usual, it is ever so magical and wondrous! Since early last week I’ve been setting bulbs in containers in the greenhouse, and even as cold as it has been today, I made my daily visit out there to see if anything had started happening. And as tiny a start as it was, life had indeed begun! Actor Mike Dolan once said, you should “anticipate the day as if it were your birthday and you were turning six.” I did and it was and I responded like any normal 6 year old, with a dropping of my jaw and squeals of joy. The photos aren’t great but you can see where roots have started forming on the bottom of a hyacinth bulb and the tiny green emergence of a ranunculus bulb.
You garden because you need
to make a profound connection with the Earth.
It’s your birthright.
A primordial longing to experience
and participate in the magic of nature.
The deep knowing that ultimately nature is your teacher.
You’re a participant. A cog in the wheel. Not in charge.
~Fran Sorin, Gardening Gone Wild, http://www.gardeninggonewild.com/
My garden and my greenhouse are my classrooms, and the Lord is my teacher and facilitator. “See, God exalted in His power; who is a teacher like Him?” ~Job 36:22