Friday, March 30, 2012

Narcissus and Echo (Flower Myths and Biases)

As I walk the path of divorce I never expected to take, I find myself looking at plants, blooms, and nature (in general) in a very different way. I am sure that the therapy I'm going through has a lot to do with this, as does the experience of separation and divorce itself, but it also has a lot to do with a return to myself as I continue to feel healthier after being prescribed a medication that has pushed my swelling disease back almost all the way into remission. 
It's been about 10 years since I've been able to take such long walks, often for 5 miles at a go, and Portland is an amazing place to wander around. Somehow my mind has been wandering back and forth in time as I've walked block after block, between now, and back a decade, back to who I was before I met my soon to be ex-husband, and that's added a different layer to what I see and how I filter it through my mind. 
The stories we tell ourselves—about ourselves, and those around us—can be deceptive and I see that now more than ever. The honesty necessary to keep these stories alive, and to live in an honest fashion within them requires a type of strength and bravery I didn't understand until recently. Somehow though, the common Daffodil is there to remind me of my own myth deep inside of myself. We all create these stories about who we are and they often help us through troubled times. They can help to explain experiences, and help us to find meaning when we need to find it, but they don't always help us to move forward.
As I walked, I thought a lot about my current dislike for the Daffodil bloom and it made me smile a bit. My myth is moving inside of me right now, something is budding, but my old myth is still there, the one from long ago. She will always be there sadly, for she is Echo.

Echo & Narcissus

I've been Echo. I've felt like Echo for a very long time. For some reason, I've never liked Narcissus blooms, but I simply cannot imagine why...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Walk: Blooms, Bones, and Blue

Flowering Currant (Ribes). 
Yes. It snowed last week. 
Japanese Maple bones (Acer). 
Huge Japanese Maple bones (Acer). 
Same huge Japanese Maple bones as seen from the side (Acer). 
Blue sky ahead above the willow arbor (Salix).

Monday, March 26, 2012

Barbie and Ken go to an African Violet Sale...

I found this little drama is a notebook in the guest room where the therapeutic foster kids used to sleep while I was cleaning up the house this week. I'm pretty sure I know who wrote it, and that's only because she looked at my plant tags and has included their names. Too funny! (No houseplants were harmed during the writing of this play.)


Ken is a scientist who makes a love formula.

Ken says this you say this. I love sciens its cool. Vet comes in. You say. Hi ken what are you doing. I'm make ing a formula a looovvveee formula I need a shirls plum jam a Baby plant just potted and senks blue cascade. Ok ken I got it I'll go get it now.

(Make up your own line now.)

Barbie says I love plants don t you ken. I ges so. Pink lady. What did you say Barbie. I said Pink Lady Ken. What is that. It's a plant.

I like Becky plants Ken ow and jungle print plants. so there is a violet sale next Saturday at 10:00-3:00 Barbie. Then let's go Ken.

The end!!!...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Hellebores and Their Friends

Helleborus foetidus.
Mukdenia rossii 'Karasuba'.
Primula veris 'Sunset Shades'.
Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'.

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