I live in what is known as the Balls Creek area of the Catawba Valley. North Carolina, USA. It is mid spring. While the early spring brought plenty of rainfall, it has been dry here for a few weeks now, and we sure could use some rain. I have been wandering around my yard, a 3/4 acre mostly wooded lot built on top of an old iron mine. It is a challenge to get things to grow here. Even when there is plenty of rain, the ground here is hard as a rock. Digging just a small hole to plant a new bush or flowers will reveal large rocks and tree roots, with very little workable soil. Since My lot is primarily shaded, I embrace the shade lovers.
The rhododendron was planted just last year. I am very pleased with the growth and the flowers are just incredible. I will plant more of these.
The Magic of Moss and What It Teaches Us About the Art of Attentiveness to Life at All Scales
“Life [exists] only because of a myriad of synchronicities
that bring us to this particular place at this particular
moment. In return for such a gift, the only sane response
is to glitter in reply.”
The Choral Bells
The choral bells delight me. My Mom and I used to sing this song when I was growing up. In fact, we sang it again the other day when I took this photo. The bells are not prominent in this photo, but this plant has a special place in my heart and on this list.
“White Coral Bells
Upon a slender stalk
Lilies of the valley deck my garden walk
Oh, don’t you wish that you might hear them ring?
That will happen only when the fairies sing.”
Nothing is more mysterious or beautiful than ferns unfurling in the sun-dappled shade of the woodland on a spring afternoon. Ferns are the ancient ones of the plant kingdom, unchanged in appearance for millions of years. Ferns have long been linked to magic in the garden and the home. particularly valued for their protective vibrations. Thrown on a fire or smoldering embers, dried fern repels all evil.
Adepts of long-ago included ferns in luck and prosperity magic. Include a bit of fern leaf in a money attracting bundle. To attract the fairy folk, place a small shiny object among a clump of ferns at Beltane or Midsummer. –James Kambos