In addition to the beautiful bird songs calling to us each day we are hearing different voices calling to us as well. This is the time of year that a symphony (cacaphony?!) of voices sings out our names, all day every day. The plants in the greenhouse call to be planted...NOW! The perennial flower gardens wish to be weeded. The vegetable garden beds beg ...."Please, please, plant us now!" The nursery plants plead to be potted up. The firewood is asking to be stacked. Compost and manure and mulch implore us to roll them uphill by the wheelbarrow-full. We dutifully make lists, cross off a few items as we look at so many more not crossed off.
Yet we still find ourselves occasionally side-stepping the "to-do" lists and taking moments. Amy wakes up early one morning and goes outside to watch birds. From my deep slumber I hear a sweet voice, "Do you want to be awakened for a Cape May Warbler in our yard?!?" I bolt upright and dash outside to catch this rare visitor. Thrilling.
Other moments are more subtle. Amy and I are in "chore mode". She's walking toward her nursery and I'm heading for the car. I unconsciously blurt out "BUTTERFLY!". Against the compelling momentum, Amy reverses directions and finds herself on the ground, eye-to-eye with her first Eastern Pine Elfin butterfly.
Driving home after picking Amy up from work today, both fatigued and feeling the heft of tasks yet to accomplish, a joyous moment appears right in front of us...2 very young foxes running and romping just ahead of us. We watch and listen for a long time.
And in the kitchen, Amy T. bakes off chocolate chip cookies for our "family lunch". I unconsciously bite and chew. Wait. They're perfect. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with mysterious chocolate chip tunnels surrounding the clusters of chips. Amy T. suggests the extra mixing of the butter and sugar created the magical air pockets. I've never quite seen (or noticed) this phenomenon in all my 58 years. Mixing, magic AND mystery.
My favorite poet, Mary Oliver, distills it for me. From "Sometimes":
“Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.
AND from "The Summer Day":
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life
I plan to see and to listen. To be astonished. And of course, to cook!!
is open for business! The updated list of plants
available in Amy's pollinator nursery is now posted on the website. All of Amy's plants have been chosen for their usefulness to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. We hope you will stop in for a visit and to chat about how to improve your garden habitat for pollinators. The bees and butterflies are out and about now!