322. A sudden softness has replaced the meadow’s wintry grey. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Just as the remnant green in tinted pot
So are these leaves, now rough and wrecked
Behind the flower umbels, that reflect
Only a hue of blue, more do they not.


Reflected are they, tear-stained, imperfect,
As if this they were prone to cease,
And as in blue and aged paper leaves
There’s yellow within, grey and violet.


Faded like a washed-out pinafore
No longer worn and of so little use:
How do we our too-short life endure.


But suddenly a blue renewed is seen
Among one of the umbels, and I sense
A blue delighted, smiling at the green.
~Rainer Maria Rilke


Not all the hydrangeas in the photos are blue like the one Rilke is describing, but I found these at the nursery today and they were just too gorgeous not to share. I have 5 hydrangeas in my garden, but the late freeze at the beginning of March has really set them back if not killed them. I’m seeing a few green leaves but by now they would normally be fully leafed out with signs of budding. Not so this year sadly.

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. ~Psalm 116:8-9 ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us!

22 thoughts on “322. A sudden softness has replaced the meadow’s wintry grey. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

  1. Pingback: 322. A sudden softness has replaced the meadow’s wintry grey. ~Rainer Maria Rilke | Sacred Touches

  2. Natalie, I just googled to see if I could find an answer to your line spacing. Several responses suggested that it could be trying to start a new paragraph each time which would give the double space, then suggested that you press “shift” and “enter” at the same time. I thought it might be worth a try. Gotta love technology! 🙂


  3. are those your hydrangea blooming now????!!!!
    Mine are still twigs with just a few brave sprouting tender green leaves–I fear the fierce cold did a number of most of my plants—this barren yard of mine is really starting to get on my nerves!!
    I wish I could help you regarding the WP mind of its own with your post. I hate technology.
    and yet, it introduced me to you, my dear friend 🙂
    here is to a happy Monday and a deliciously warm April!!!


    • No mine at just sticks and should be fully leafed out by now. There are a smattering of green leaves, but that awful ice storm in each December and then the 16 degree freeze in March may have killed all five of them.
      I have a love/hate relationship with technology. It’s great when it works for you and a real bear when it doesn’t.
      I’m glad it introduced us as well, missy, and hope you have a marvelous week too. Hugs, N


  4. I hope your hydrangeas will come back, too. I have a bunch of them. We had the ice and temperatures like you had, and the little new leaves are just this past week starting to show. I was sad to find many dead branches, but as started to dig around in the autumn leaves from my oak trees that are piled up around them i could see lots of new leaves way down near the ground. Maybe next week you will find some, too. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem and the photos.



      • Thanks. I’m gonna go out tomorrow and look around the base of each plant. If they are making a comeback that’s where the life will be apparent. Then I may start cutting out the dead branches to encourage that growth even more. I may not have any blooms this year, but that’s okay if I can save the plants. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


    • Actually they are. There’s lots of new growth coming up from the ground. Most of the woody stems are not though so I will have to cut them off and lose blooms for this year, but I’m thrilled that the plants are not lost. Thank you, Theresa, for thinking of me and my hydrangeas. I hope yours are doing splendidly well. Hugs, Natalie 🙂


      • I understand. I have had mine for a number of years, and I had to go andcut oll of the dead wood off. they were about 5 feet tall. Now they are less than a foot tall, but like you, I am so glad they are alive.

        My new challenge is something is building nests down in the bases of them. I can’t tell if they are bees, hornets, or yellow jackets. I have been looking at pictures on the internet, but I didn’t have my glasses on while I was outside trying to prune them. I don’t want to use poison, because of the danger our honey bees are in, but my husband is allergic, so I’m not sure what I will do.


      • Oh my, I wonder what they are. I know that bumblebees nest in the ground, but I think you’d recognize one of those. I also know that there are folks who will come and remove nests or hives from someone’s property so you might try to find one of those to at least tell you what you are dealing with. Do be careful until you find out what they are. Hugs, N


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