In late May, gardens are dominated by the color green, the vibrant green of young leaves on the trees or the fresh green of grass as it accelerates its growth. ~Robin Lane Fox
In spring, the monochromatic white of winter is replaced by beautiful shades of green. During my meditation practice, I have learned about the chakras or energy centers of the body. One of the important chakras or centers of your body is the heart chakra. It is said that the heart chakra acts as the balance for all the other chakras. It guides our relationships and our interactions with people. And if our heart chakra is balanced then we are more accepting of ourselves and others and better equipped to follow our unique path.
The heart chakra is symbolized by green and signifies harmony, love, compassion, charity, creativity, health, abundance and nature. Green offers us energy for revitalization, and exemplifies all that is gardening especially the green foliage.
By June, the foliage throughout most of the garden has sprung up and leafed out. But it can be overshadowed by the proliferation of blooms in late spring. Green is the backdrop for the garden and it can just fade into the background if we let it. But I like to see what interesting foliage we might miss if we weren’t paying attention.
To celebrate all the new lush green foliage of late spring, I am linking in with Pam@Digging for her Foliage Follow Up on the 16th, and Christina@Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for her Garden Bloggers Foliage Day on the 22nd.
Hostas are my favorite foliage plant as summer knocks at the seasonal door.
I love the many different greens and textures of their leaves.
Even the stems can have different colors while the leaves can be more sword like. The variety is endless with hostas.
Of course some of the wildflowers of May show off their foliage all season. Mayapple is a favorite of mine for just this reason.
Peony foliage is one of the best kept secrets. It is a multi-colored delight in early season and again in fall if you leave the foliage up after the flowers bloom.
These are the bright new shiny leaves of my young American Linden tree or Basswood. I love the shiny bright green color that is covering the new young tree trunk.
I love when the evergreens put on new growth in spring. This miniature evergreen is buried all winter, but come spring it shows off in all its glorious greens until the snow envelops it once again.
I hope you enjoyed this small snippet of the greens growing in my garden right now. Once I get rid of the weeds that have been piling up, I’ll have more to show you.
I am a great appreciator of flowers-and all things green and growing. ~Mary Engelbreit
As the summer solstice approaches, join in with Seasonal Celebrations and tell us how you celebrate your summer or summer memories? Of course in the Southern hemisphere, we want to hear about your winter celebrations. Details are below.
Seasonal Celebrations is a time for marking the change of seasons and what is happening in your part of the world during this time. I hope you will join in by creating a post telling us how you celebrate this time of year whether summer or winter or something else. Share your traditions, holidays and celebrations in pictures and words.
And it seems so appropriate to collaborate with Beth and her Lessons Learned meme. What lessons have you learned this past season of summer here in the North and winter in the South. Then tell us about your wishes, desires and dreams for this new season.
The rules are simple. Just create a post that talks about lessons learned and/or seasonal celebrations. If you are joining in for both memes please leave a comment on both our blog posts. Or if you are choosing to join only one meme, leave a comment on that blog post. Make sure to include a link with your comment.
Beth and I will do a summary post of our respective memes on the solstice (around the 21st of June). And we will keep those posts linked on a page on our blog. Your post should be linked in the weekend before the solstice to give us enough time to include your post in our summary. And if you link in a bit late, never fear we will include it on the special blog page (which I still have to create). The badges here can be used in your post. So won’t you join in the celebration!!
Next up on the blog: On Friday, I will reveal all the Seasonal Celebrations of folks who have linked in for summer. And then Monday will be another Native plant profile. This time a favorite fern.
I am linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Tuesday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden.
I can also be found blogging once a month at Vision and Verb.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.
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