lavender legato seedling staccato broccoli etude
OK - I just do a bit of gardening now and then ...
Lavender cuttings planted in winter continue to develop slowly.
Sacrificial seedlings of my least favourite plants have been dotted around outside to check if predators are lurking.
So much for experiments - all eight sets of broccoli seedlings are thriving and progressing to develop their true leaves, regardless of factors and levels. The yellowing and dying of their predecessors remains a mystery.
My garden is a functional plant laboratory.
asparagus solo cactus duet azalea a capella
The azalea is blooming for the first time. I'd like to think it is because I amended its soil with spent tea bags but I have to accept that there are other forces at work which are beyond my control. Asparagus and cacti have eventually made an appearance, maybe as a result of my willing them on ... or not.
However, during the month of May, as the spring bulbs expired, the tree blossoms were glorious and the roses started to bloom, I could sense a change in myself.
Kneeling in front of the wisteria, I no longer felt the urge to align my measuring tape to record and tabulate the length of the racemes, as I would have done before.
While beheading the wilted perennial poppies, I didn't bother to count the number of buds per plant and plot them on a graph even though I'm sure there are many more than last year.
|a chorus of poppies|
Despite the individual, measurable success story of each plant, I yearned for something unquantifiable : cohesion.
If only they could all sing together.
quince encore tropaeolum crescendo buttercups allegro
The inner branches of the quince bush have spontaneously burst into flower, resulting in many more pollinated fruits compared to the winter blooms on the previously bare outer branches. Clematis and tropaeolum are climbing exactly as I trained them while buttercups are doing their own thing, freestyle.
A beautiful but disparate ensemble.
Can harmony only be created by artistes ?
|my local park in May|
This whole grove has been dedicated to azalea bushes which flower harmoniously with the horsechestnut trees but for just a few weeks of the year.
Is it possible for harmony to be sustained ?
What lies between dissonance and harmony ?
How does a scientist comprehend harmony when it is composed of more than the sum of its parts ?
TO BE CONTINUED ....
Today I'm linking up to Donna's Word4Wednesday meme : HARMONY