Thursday, February 21, 2013

Winter Daffodils

Last year my golden yellow daffodils made their appearance very early, even before Christmas.  This year, again, they bloomed in December. The majority, though, are starting to bloom now. Winter, rather than spring daffodils, they're enjoyable, nevertheless. Placed in a vase, daffodils with pregnant onion (Ornithogalum longibracteatum) flowers and New Zealand ferns (all of which are thriving in my garden, thanks to the rains we had yesterday) are a perfect complement to the sentiments on one of the birthday cards I received this year: Dance like there's no one watching, sing like no one's listening, love like you've ever been hurt before, and live like its Heaven on earth. I am a stranger in the earth, says the Psalmist (119: 19). Is it possible to live like pilgrims on earth, fragrant, green, dying to self, and reborn with vigor, like these creations of the God who created all of us?

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