When I ran home last Friday from Mt Pleasant to Summerville to check my mail, plants and flowers for water… everything was still popping open… including my front yard pear tree. I could hardly wait to see it Tuesday afternoon as I left Mandy’s and John’s to return home with John’s return.
But the first thing I noticed was that the pear tree wasn’t filled with white blossoms… my favorite phase for it… green leaves were forming so rapidly the blooms were dropping or just not opening. Out with the white… in with the green… skipping right over the beautiful white blossoms.
Then when I went to check on the gardens… I started gasping again… the large beautiful Formosa bushes had already bloomed and some blossoms were sadly drooping! In three days ( from Saturday to Tuesday) this transition had resulted.
I walked around in dismay… my favorite garden time… and it was blowing by faster than a race car! Stop! Slow down!!! I want to enjoy every minute of the return of old familiar plants, flowers, and trees. No more of this stopping by and leaving without staying for a long visit! I was gone a week and didn’t even get to wave good-bye to many of my old ” friends.”
I am sure our crazy elevator weather is a large part of the culprit-(we keep breaking) heat records… now this week we drop about 20-25 degrees -certainly closer to our normal seasonal weather. ( Even as I just typed it… I realized that I need to stop referencing the word ” normal ” when ” normal” weather is becoming a phrase of the past… while these extreme weather patterns appear to becoming the ” norm.” )
On days when I let my imagination (about the future) wander… I wonder if , one day, Summerville will be the new front beach recreational property. We are already hearing the warnings about ice bergs melting and seas rising and flooding coastal towns and cities.
Thankfully I probably won’t be around to see it… but will future generations have out-smarted nature or will land and water maps be completely re-done to show the encroaching oceans and diminishing land masses? Like our seasonal changes… the ” times they are a’ changing.”
But isn’t it nice to know God is bigger than man’s mistakes in being terrible stewards of our beautiful blue home. Too often we act like spoiled children who never fully appreciated any gifts given… always wanting more and bigger. Greed… the culprit plague of human beings.
So until tomorrow… Take time to savor the beauty of our earth … just for the sake of beauty.
Today is my favorite day! Winnie the Pooh
I am seizing the moment-walking the talk… photo-ing the beauty at this precise moment on a ” normal” beautiful early spring day!
Gorgeous garden with so much vibrant colour as your amazing azaleas step forward for the first time this year!