Sunday, February 8, 2015
I love my orchids - they keep giving back. I have 5 flowering at the moment with another just about ready to open. All were dormant for a while and have treated me to a winter garden. They seem to know I need their colour and beauty at the darkest time of year. Flower therapy!
It has been a particularly cold few weeks and the thought of taking my hands out of my gloves to take photographs is a big deterrent to outdoor shots. While I take long walks bundled in layers of clothing, my hands stay warm. As my daughter once wisely said at the age of 6, when I forgot to bring my camera to an event, "You can take pictures with your eyes." I have been on a bit of a hiatus in terms of photography and maybe that is a good thing. Vacations of one sort or another are for renewal. I certainly don't take a photography vacation when I travel so I guess when I am back in my regular routine is the perfect time for a photography vacation.
This orchid used to belong to my much older cousin who passed away over a year ago. I delight in its blooms - a symbolic visit from a cherished person. She would have delighted in its presence.
Each year I plant an amaryllis. It astounds me with its rapid growth. It is a reminder of the importance of cherishing the moment as it dazzles with its splashy colour only to fade in a few short weeks. I stop and stare, captivated by its beauty. Its bright red is an antidote to the greys outside.
One persistent cyclamen keeps flowering. It, too, has a message. New growth is constant.
How does your garden grow?