Ten thousand flowers

Ten thousand flowers in the spring, the moon
in autumn,
A cool breeze in summer, snow in winter —
If your mind is not clouded by unnecessary
this is the best season of your life.

~ Chinese poem

I am fairly certain I’ve posted that poem here at Ye Olde Blogge sometime in the past.  Although it refers to all seasons, I always think of it at springtime because of the way it starts with “Ten thousand flowers…”  When I went to see the orchids over a week ago, the only flowers blooming here in the Bogs were the crocuses.  Now it seems as if there really are ten thousand flowers on this first day of spring.

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.

~ Henry David Thoreau

I have been working on reestablishing my early rising habit.  With all the illness I’ve been going through over the past few months, from the first flu through the shingles through this latest cold, I got into a pattern of sleeping whenever, however, and that has wiped out any schedule I had.  Schedules are important for good sleep, or so I’ve read from some of the experts.  A lack of schedule or routine can lead to insomnia, or so I’ve experienced as well as read.

This morning I watched as the sky drifted from the darkness of night to the pinkness of dawn.  I listened to the spring peepers, who were peeping when I went to sleep last night and still at it this morning.  I love the way their chorus undulates, the wave of their otherworldly song rising and falling.  As the sky lightened to a cobalt blue, the birds started to awaken.  A robin started things off with its morning message of cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up (as described at All About Birds; it really does sound like that).  About the time the other birds joined in, it was light enough outside for reality to re-form, solid darkness once again becoming the pond, the trees, the meadows.  The daffodils picked up their nodding heads, greeting the sun.

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks.  Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.

~ Linda Hogan

Today, part of the story is more sunshine and warm temperatures here in the Bogs.  It has me wondering if we have ever turned on the air conditioning as early as the first day of spring.  Not that we turned it on today.  Even with the highs in the 80s, it seems much too soon for that.  The nights are still cool.  We open the windows at night and close the curtains during the day.  Ta-da!  Natural air conditioning.

May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Thank you for visiting the Bogs on this warm first full day of spring.  The ground is still soggy and boggy close to the pond, but the meadows are beginning to dry and firm so there’s less of a need for boots out there.  I think I’ll serve dinner on the deck this evening so we can watch the sunset as we nourish ourselves.  I’ll save you a seat.  🙂


26 Comments on “Ten thousand flowers”

  1. Gracie says:

    Beautiful flowers for this gorgeous first day of Spring!

  2. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Love the seasonal quotations — esp. the ten thousand flowers…

  3. Some lovely writing here, Robin. I love the image of trees and pond materializing out of solid darkness.

    Glad you are feeling a bit better, well enough at least to begin enjoying the early morning.


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  5. Maggie L R says:

    A delicious series of beautiful flowers. You make the bogs sound so inviting and your spring is so full of song.I will take you up on that seat on the deck, I would like to get to know you.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Maggie. And thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. That you would like to get to know me is a wonderful compliment. Thank you. 🙂

  6. Joanne says:

    Even as I look out my window at the rain as I read this today, it doesn’t feel like dreary weather at my place, more like a sun-shower, with all the beautiful flowers I see here and the sounds of bird song you have described! You really have a knack of making the Bogs sound like the most appealing place on earth, Robin! 🙂

  7. I’m living spring vicariously through your pictures and words!

  8. milkayphoto says:

    You HAVE to stop posting orchids! I blame you for my buying 4 orchid plants last week! Just kidding. 🙂 I love orchids and often buy them to bring long lasting color and scent into the house especially when there isn’t anything blooming outdoors…but, I do blame you for putting the idea into my head this time. 😉

    • Robin says:

      If you need an excuse, you’re welcome to blame me, Tracy. But I would blame the orchids themselves. Who can resist such beauty? 😀

  9. Sallyann says:

    Thanks for the seat, I’ll bring my camera. 🙂

  10. Chloe says:

    gorgeous photos! hope you’re starting to feel better & get over your sicknesses

  11. WOW!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many orchids in the same place 🙂
    I really like the orange ones in the second photo.

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Very fitting for the day … and bright!

  13. Love the poem, something to save for myself as a reminder to embrace every season. The photos are beautiful as always but the last shot is spectacular – so rich in color and texture!

  14. ceciliag says:

    you have a stunning collection of flowers. Glorious. And yes that must be particularly startling at daybreak, my favourite time of the day.. Thank you for this, such spendour.. c

  15. Libby says:

    It’s a beautiful poem, and so are your pictures.

  16. Marianne says:

    Beautiful flowers, Robin. Wishing you a happy day! 🙂

  17. Marianne says:

    Btw Robin, I had to log into my WP account to leave a comment. Kathy said it happened on her blog as well. Seems strange because it hasn’t happened before. Oh well, I guess WP will figure it out sooner or later.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks for letting me know, Marianne. I know WP is having some issues with people having to log into their WP accounts to comment. I’m not sure if they’ve fixed it or not yet.

  18. It’s snowing here but it feels like the first day of spring on your blog:) I adore Henry David Thoreau!! I hope your schedule is back on track!

  19. Dana says:

    So gorgeous! I’m a sucker for beautiful floral shots. 🙂 Happy spring, Robin!

  20. Robin says:

    Thank you, thank you, and more thank yous as well as a Happy Spring to you all! 🙂

  21. eof737 says:

    Great, great, selection of brightly hued flowers. 😉

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