On Flowers, Impermanence and Hope

Here in the UK, it has rained most days for the last four weeks. So this morning, when there was a window of sunny opportunity, I dashed out into the garden to photograph what flowers I could find that were still blooming:
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Those flowers may still be looking fresh, but many of the familiar early spring flowers such as pansies, daffodils and tulips were definitely past their best. Like this red tulip for example:

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Not so long back this stood tall, upright and majestic with beautiful, glossy, tight blooms.

Flowers have many lessons to teach us. One of the most important, perhaps, is to remind us of the impermanent nature of the world. As Heraclitus put it:

“Everything flows and nothing abides,
everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.”

But flowers are also a lesson in hope and patience. Here a tray of seeds sown by Gman last week, with seedlings popping up their hopeful little heads into the world:

seedlings

In a few week’s time, these will have grown into the gorgeous gold and orange blooms of Marigolds.

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8 thoughts on “On Flowers, Impermanence and Hope

  1. Janet says:

    You have such beautiful flowers in your garden. That top photo with the rain drops on the petals is great.

  2. Allie says:

    Beautiful flowers Viv! And what a good lesson!

  3. spidergran says:

    Looks like I ought to be insect hunting in your garden with all that flower power you have there!

  4. Another beautiful post. AND, you have just been nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. If you wish to accept the award, and I hope you will, simply follow the instructions here:
    http://erranttranscendentalist.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Namaste…Angela

  5. Ben Naga says:

    Looks like a wonderful garden.

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