I’ve been to many exotic places around the world, but I’ve also been to exotic places in America. My recent trip found me in an exotic location in America, where grapefruit and orange trees grow in public places and yield their fruit freely. Where palm trees lilt in the warm breeze even in Winter and desert flowers decorated the landscape.
Where is this, you ask? Well, it is in Tucson, Arizona. I spent warm January evenings by the pool and hot tub, with an outdoor fire, surrounded by palm trees and orange groves. The even warmer Winter days are filled with wondrous flowers and scents and crowned by stunning sunsets. I recommend everyone visit Tucson or at least somewhere in Arizona in the Winter and you’ll be warmed, amazed and refreshed.
I decided it was time for me to be alone with myself and search my soul. I went into the desert of Arizona and looked deep within myself. I found the time I spent there enlightening. I had never noticed before how many incredible flowers grow in such a dry, hot place.
I also learned a great deal about myself and gained more patience and grace in my life. I remembered what was important in life and to always pay attention to the details. Always look up at the sky, the mountains, the sunset and sunrise, around at the flowers and all life and soak up every moment on this wonderful planet.
My giant daisies are over five feet tall now! They are still growing! This year they might even grow higher than my fence! It is such a nice reward to have the plants that I nurture and care for all year finally bloom into something beautiful, fragrant and even of an unusual character such as very tall!
My blueberries have also begun to ripen and every morning we can have fresh blueberries with breakfast! And these aren’t the usual, average blueberries. These blueberries are the size of cherries and they are so sweet! Ah summer, enjoy!
My Summer flowers and flowering bushes are flourishing this Summer! My orange azalea bush looks like fireworks again this year and smells like heaven! My roses have just started to bloom. My lavender is full of bees and butterflies. My lilac tree is purple and fragrant. My giant daisies are already four feet high. And my four bushes of rhodies, each with a different color, are all alight! The flowers on the rhodies are full of color and bees and scent. It is a wonderful time of year.
Soon my lavender will burst into color and scent and my roses will flourish. The giant daisies will grow to five feet high then sprout their strikingly white flowers. My grape-vine will be full of leaves and baby fruit. My apple tree blossoms will turn to apples and at last, my star-gazer lilies will crown off the Summer with their huge, glorious petals and intoxicating scent! Bring on the Summer!
My garden reflects the order of the universe in the way each plant, flower, bush and tree grows and flowers. First, in the early Spring, comes the Crocus, Daffodils, Iris, Hyacinth and now the Tulips. After that will come the Lillies, Dutch Orange (flowering bushes), Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Blueberries and Lilac (flowering tree). Right now, my Apple tree has just begun to blossom. Finally, my Grapevine will leaf, the Star-gazer will burst forth in color and amazingly intoxicating scent and the Roses will crown the Summer blossoming.
After all the flowers, bushes and trees have flowered, then the Blueberries will appear on my bushes, Grapes will form on my vines and the Apples (4 varieties on one tree), will ripen on my Apple tree. The end of Summer will bring harvest for me for Blueberries, Apples and Grapes.
Words and photo copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.
Even though I have had snow at my house last week, the flowers that had already come up survived! After several more days and nights of frost, they have endured. Now more flowers are springing up and soon their petals will open now that they safely know Winter is finally over and Spring is here to stay.
Spring is like the human spirit in its resiliency. No matter what life throws at us, whether it is physical challenges, emotional stress, financial burdens, trying situations, loss of loved ones or any other thing, we have the power to overcome, to learn, grown, and endure. Don’t ever give up when you think of what others have gone through and that worse things have happened to better people than us. Keep Springing!
Words and photos copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.