Spring cleaning

From the archives.  Crocus, Spring 2009.

From the archives. Crocus, Spring 2009.

Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.

~ Wendell Berry, Farming:  a hand book

Somewhere, sometime, I read something that suggested one’s outer environment is a reflection of one’s inner state of being.  If there is any truth to that, my inner state of being must have been chaotic, cluttered, disorganized, and in need of a good dusting or scrubbing.  My inner being was holding on to “fat clothes,” too.  Expansion of the inner being is no problem, but my outer being needs to let go of such things.  There is no going back.

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Some flowers on a hot day

Today seems like a good day to take a short walk  back through time and to the Cleveland Botanical Garden.  I still have quite a few orchid photos left from Orchid Mania that I need to sort through, and I started to do just that prior to going off on our Canadian adventures.  I found this post tucked away, waiting for me to do something with it.

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Spring Cleaning

Behind the waterfall. Cleveland Botanical Garden.

You may or may not have noticed that I took the weekend off.  (I’m not counting the scheduled post because it was scheduled.)  I’m going to be doing that from now on unless something so exciting happens that I absolutely must blog about it right away.  Most of today’s photos are from Orchid Mania.  I’m still sorting through them all.

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Strings and all

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Arranged.  All of the plants and flowers at the Cleveland Botanical Garden are arranged, and this is especially true of the orchids at the Orchid Mania exhibit.  I generally avoid posting photos that show how the flowers are arranged, but I do take a few for myself showing the strings, the pots, and the backgrounds because sometimes I like to see the man behind the curtain, so to speak.

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The kindness of flowers

The flower of kindness will grow.  Maybe not now, but it will some day.  And in kind that kindness will flow, for kindness grows in this way.

~ Robert Alan

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Current events

Sunshine takes over after the morning clouds move out

I know some of my visitors like to see what’s currently going on around the pond so before we go back to Cleveland, let’s see what’s happening outdoors and close to home.  Spring here in the Bogs is slightly behind spring up in Cleveland.  And today doesn’t feel like spring at all.  It’s chilly (33 degrees when I went out for my walk this morning) and very breezy.  There is a Freeze Warning in effect for tonight, with a low of 26 expected.

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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

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