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Introducing Our ‘Garden Surplus to Table’ Program

Connecting Local Gardeners & Small-Scale Growers with their Community ~ Fostering Food Security & Access to Fresh Foods ~ Reducing Food Waste ~ Reducing Emissions

Creating a Local Food Movement

The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small-scale, in our own gardens. If only 10 percent of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” 

~Bill Mollison, Founder of Permaculture

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Keeping It Local and Affordable

Calling All Backyard Gardeners in Crofton and surrounding area…Did you grow more than you can use? We will be happy to take it off your hands…

 

We are launching our Summer Season Garden Surplus to Table Program where we connect backyard gardeners and small-scale growers with their local community.

The idea of a ‘garden surplus to table’ program came from various conversations with backyard and community gardeners as well as neighbours and local organizations over the last year.We are lucky to live in an area with a high number of Green Thumbs who produce so much food that they often have a surplus. These gardeners want to see their surplus go to good use.

We believe that such a program will connect this local food abundance with those in our community who need it and/or want it. It will also give something back to the gardeners as a way to encourage more local food production.

 

Our mission is to help stimulate and support the local food movement by supporting local growers AND providing easy, affordable access to fresh, local food in the community.

Creating access to fresh, local produce improves local food security. A ‘garden surplus to table’ program provides local, fresh foods directly to the local community at affordable prices, reduces food waste and carbon emissions.

This program also supports local backyard gardeners and small-scale growers by turning their surplus produce into profit.

 

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How It Works

  1. Contact us & Let us know you are interested in participating in the Garden Surplus to Table program in Crofton/Duncan/North Cowichan, BC area.
  2. We pick up your surplus (garden produce you do not want or need)
  3. We sell your extra food directly to the local community at low-cost
  4. Participating Gardeners and Growers receive 50 percent of proceeds from the sale of their surplus (maybe to buy more seeds and grow-a-row for the community)

 

Possible Food Resources Right in Your Backyard

  • Fruit trees, shrubs (even those deemed ornamental but with edible fruit)
  • Your Garden – do you grow tomatoes, squashes, cucumbers, peas, potatoes, radishes, kale, greens, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, fennel, onions, garlic, etc?
  • Culinary herbs such as mint, oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, parsley, chives, etc.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I sign up?

Please sign up by contacting us and letting us know you are interested in participating. We will contact you within 24 hours to determine what produce you may have available.  You must sign up in order to participate in the program. Don’t worry, it won’t take long to sign up. We may ask to meet you in your garden and chat briefly about what you grow and when it may be available to pick up.

 

2. Do you accept fallen or bruised fruit/vegetables?

Yes. Mildly bruised fruit such as apples or cherries make for great pies. Your waste could be someone’s treasure. In general, fruit and vegetables should be in good condition: ripe, not moldy, rotten, decomposing or filled with worms.

 

3. Is there a minimum amount of food?

No. There is no minimum. If you have one or two extra cucumbers to sell, you can drop them off at our Farm Stand location on Chilco Road. If you have lots of surplus from your garden, we will be happy to pick it up on a Friday or Saturday in order to get it ready for sale on Sunday.

 

4. Do you take food that has been grown with synthetic fertilizers (e.g., MiracleGrow®)?

Yes, we do. However, we encourage all participating growers to use organic growing practices – ideally no off-farm inputs. Great fruit and vegetables begin with great soil. Compost is an excellent way to improve your soil conditions. Companion planting – growing herbs such as Chamomile, Thyme, Lemon Balm and Chives alongside your vegetables –  helps to support a healthy soil microbiome and deter pests. Using Comfrey Leaves and/or Stinging Nettle Leaves to make your own simple compost tea/natural fertilizer is also well worth the effort to protect soil and grow nutrient-dense food.

An excellent book on how to create optimal, healthy soil and one that I highly recommend is Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web. This book is available at the Cowichan Library in Duncan. We always hear about healthy intestinal flora (microbes) and how important it is to our overall health. It is the same thing with soil. Healthy microbes equal healthy soil.

This book is a beautifully written (not boring) primer on Soil Microbiology and sheds light on how we are inextricably linked to the health of this fragile ecosystem we take for granted.

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition

5. What do you NOT accept?

We do not accept any foods grown near driveways, roadsides or where herbicides or pesticides may have been applied.

We also do not accept foods grown near any area that has been sprayed with ‘demossing’ agents or ‘RoundUp®’ type agents.

We strongly encourage participating growers to use environmentally sound means of eradicating ‘weeds’. The following natural formula is an excellent herbicide for your garden, driveway, or curbside:

1 gallon of white vinegar

2 cups Epsom salts

¼ cup dish soap

Credit to Jess Yund for this formula.

 

6. Does Seedling in the Wind harvest the fruit/vegetables from my garden?

No. We currently do not glean or harvest from gardens.

 

7. Where do you sell the food?

Your surplus garden produce will be sold on Sundays during the growing season at the Corner of Chaplin and Queen Streets, right beside the BC Ferries Salt Spring Island Ferry Terminal 

Pop Up Farm Stand Sales take place every Sunday, 10 am to 12pm, during the Summer/Early Fall at the Corner of Queen and Chaplin Streets (by the Salt Spring Ferry Terminal in Crofton).

 

8. How long is the program?

This is our first season and we will run this program from July 1 to September 16.

 

9. What do you do with the profit from sales?

Although we try to keep our operating costs to a minimum, we do need to cover the cost of gasoline. We may hire local students to help with preparation for market or to assist with the market.

 

10. Can my business buy the surplus food?

The redistribution of surplus food is intended to improve food security and access to fresh, local foods in the local community.

 

11. What happens to the food that is not sold?

Our aim is to sell all the food. However, should there be food left over, the grower has a choice: 1) food is returned to the grower OR 2) the grower allows us to donate food to local families or the food bank.

 

12. Do you accepts surplus food from backyard and small-scale growers only?

We take surplus food from local backyard gardeners and small-scale growers (orchards, small-scale farms) as a way to support and promote local growers. We continually work on expanding relationships with local growers and welcome those who wish to support the local food movement.

 

13. Who sets the Price at the Pop Up Market?

We set the price. Our goal is to strike a balance between keeping prices reasonable and accessible and making sure our contributors are fairly compensated.

 

~Grow~Share~Thrive~

 

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Inspirational Sunday ~ Forest Bathing? Dive In

“What does a physician need to feel comfortable writing a prescription to someone to go spend time in nature?”

For those who have regular contact with nature likely harbour a knowing about the not-so-subtle benefits on their overall sense of well-being. The concept of Nature bathing as a prescription from a medical professional is perhaps a bit far fetched. Or is it?

After speaking to an acquaintance (that happens to produce a kava beverage) who was panicking on the telephone about having to do another production run before the Holiday Season because they were completely out of stock – an unexpected surprise, it struck me just how much of a pressure cooker we live in with no pressure relief valve.

I started my own search for a pressure relief valve several years ago and stumbled upon the concept of Shinrin-Yoku which has changed my life…from concrete walls to a farm.

The term Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982, and can be defined as making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest.

A study (one of many on this subject) published in the Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine Journal in January 2010 showed that being in nature had a significant effect on salivary cortisol levels, blood pressure, pulse rate, and heart rate variability which were used as physiological response indices before and after contact with nature.

The results showed that forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity (fight or flight) than do city environments.

Their results contributed to the development of a research field dedicated to forest medicine, which may be used as a strategy for preventive medicine.

Below is a very powerful and inspiring video about Shinrin-yoku and the significant role it plays in preventative medicine, self-care and over all quality of life.

Is Nature Bathing on Your Vision Board for 2018?

Learn More

Dive into shinrin-yoku or become a trained guide in 2018.

Get a free Shinrin-yoku  starter kit by signing up at shinrin-yoku.org for their newsletters. Access their informative printouts, links to research articles and resources as well as opportunities for guide training.

For more information, purchase one of their 40-page handbooks.

A Little Handbook of Shinrin Yoku by M. Amos Clifford

 

Grow~Share~Thrive

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The Bee’s Kneez ~ Nature Photography

Bees are almost impossible to capture in action. They flutter about with such focus and determination, rarely stopping to pose for the camera. Whenever I water the garden, I am armed with my camera in hopes of capturing the abundant life, activity and beauty.

My hope is that such photographs capture the very interconnection and divinity of life that happens all around us, all the time. Blink and you miss it – perhaps even take it for granted. Without this microcosm of activity, there would be no food. We are all connected and depend on one another for survival, big or small.

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~Grow~Share~Thrive~

 

All photographs by Jane Grueber 2017

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Little Beauties ~ Nature Photography

It is always so remarkable to see bees in action. As I read about whole bee colonies being doused out by synthetic agricultural chemicals around the world, it is my hope that these images speak to the beauty of those most vulnerable and those we take for granted. Nature isn’t here for us to use and abuse. Vote with your dollar for ethical companies and local food producers as much as possible. Plant flowers that nourish your local ecosystem. Grow your own food.

All photographs are from our garden.

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~Grow~Share~Thrive~

 

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Summer Flowers ~ Nature Photography

Summer flowers are here and I am obsessed. Here are some of my favorites in all their splendor. Bees make their appearance in these photographs. This year, it seems like there are fewer bees flying around our parts.

We placed bee watering stations throughout our garden. They are simply seashells that fill up whenever we water. Last year, we found a bee walking around in circles on our driveway, unable to fly. It turns out that the bee was dehydrated from a hard days work and needed water.  Placing simple watering stations throughout a garden or yard helps these busy pollinators do their jobs.

Avoiding the use synthetic insecticides or herbicides, however small, will prevent bee population decline as well as contamination of surrounding soil, storm sewer systems, creeks, river and oceans. The ecosystem is connected. One small action either helpful or unhelpful makes a difference.

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The colors of the poppies are just mesmerizing.

Poppies with their vibrant and glamorous colors.

Gentleman’s Buttons inviting bees.

It’s no wonder bees love Foxgloves.

And Roses that smell divine.

A little more Foxgloves.

  ~Grow~Share~Thrive~

All photography by Jane Grueber

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Forest Charm ~ Nature Photography

“Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life.”

~Eckhart Tolle

My favorite way to find grounding and balance is to take to nature; to draw from its infinite well of universal energy. This provincial park in Central Vancouver Island is a treasure trove of inspiration and rejuvenation.

The pastoral property that surrounds the park is beautiful in the morning light.

Wild roses flouring along the trails.

Golden cattails bloom.

A secret lake.

Honeysuckle hidden among the horsetails and ferns.

A little stream speckled by the sunlight.

Returning to one of my favorite views of the park.

The smell of wild roses filled the fresh morning air. Their perfume is addictive. It was encouraging to see many busy bees working.

“We have forgotten what rocks, plants, and animals still know. We have forgotten how to be – to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is: Here and Now.” 

~Eckhart Tolle

~Grow~Share~Thrive~

All photography by Jane Grueber

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Grow with the Flow ~ Nature Photography

“When you possess great treasures within you and you try to tell others of them, seldom you are believed.” ~ Paulo Coelho 

I have been enjoying the escalation of colors in our backyard. It is mother earth imploring us, in her playful way, to give her our feet, our eyes, our noses and to take a picture.

These Gentlemen’s Buttons are a favorite of butterflies and bees which have been frequenting our yard a lot more now that these darlings appeared.

Even the ants can’t seem to get enough.

It is possible to understand the power of attraction.

Such great treasures.

            ~Grow~Share~Thrive~

All photography by Jane Grueber

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Healing Herbs ~ Hyssop for the Garden

“Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.”

Ancient Native Proverb

 

As I write about the different herbs in our garden, my hope is that I commit some of this information to memory or, at least, create a reference for beginning herb enthusiasts.

The information written here is collated from a number of sources (listed below) and is intended for reference and information purposes only. Consult a physician before taking or using herbs to treat any condition. 

Hyssop

This herb has a long and interesting history as well as a reputation for being a ‘protector’. Found in the Mediterranean, it has been cultivated in gardens for over 600 years. It’s antibiotic properties and astringent properties may have been the reason why lepers were bathed in hyssop and why the Persians used distilled hyssop water as a body lotion to give a fine color to their skin. Hippocrates recommended hyssop for chest complaints. The Romans even used hyssop because they believed it helped protect them against plagues. It’s popularity as a powerful essential oil, medicinal plant and aromatic herb and is even mentioned in the Bible.

Native Americans found many uses for this plant. They included it in their medicine bundles and burned it as incense for protection. Its uplifting fragrance was also used to treat depression.

Hyssop, or hyssopus officinalis, is a herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus, and it’s native to Southern Europe, the Middle East and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Its name comes from the Hebrew word adobe or ezob, which literally means “holy herb.”

Anise Hyssop (different from hyssopus officinalis) is a blessing to any gardener. The foliage of Anise Hyssop actually smells like licorice with complex notes of lemon, pine, sage, black pepper and camphor. There is no floral scent. Leaves and flowers are edible and may be baked in breads or added to salads. It is a feast for the senses and well deserving of its place in the wild garden.  Deer avoid eating this plant but rabbits love it. Hummingbirds also find it attractive and goldfinches eat its seeds.

The findings of this chemical breakdown revealed that hyssop possesses valuable high-antioxidant properties for culinary and medicinal use, especially because it serves as an antioxidant.

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Today, hyssop is used for digestive and intestinal problems, including liver and gallbladder conditions, intestinal pain, and loss of appetite. It’s also used for respiratory problems in various ways, such as eliminating coughs, helping to prevent the common cold and respiratory infections, soothing sore throats, and as one of the natural remedies for asthma.

The Hyssop Plant and Components

Hyssop is a woody shrub with dark-green leaves, and the flowers are fragrant and colorful; in the summer months, the plant produces blue, pink and white flowers.

The stalks are cut twice a year, at the end of spring and beginning of fall. Once they are cut, they’re dried, which takes approximately six days. When it dry, the leaves and flowers are chopped finely, and the mixture can be stored for up to 18 months. The plant can also be used to make an essential oil, extract and capsule.

Hyssop is part of the mint family, so it has a minty taste that can be intense when added to foods. It’s best to use the herb in smaller quantities when adding it to salads, broths or soups.

8 Hyssop Benefits by Dr. Josh Axe

1. Heals Respiratory Conditions

Hyssop is antispasmodic, meaning it relieves spasms in the respiratory system and soothes coughs. It loosens phlegm that has been deposited in the respiratory tracts. This property helps heal infections from the common cold, and it helps treat respiratory conditions.

Hyssop can also work as a remedy for sore throats and lung inflammation, making it a great tool for people who use their voices throughout the day, like teachers, singers and lecturers. The best way to soothe the throat and respiratory system is to drink hyssop tea or add a few drops of oil to your throat and chest.

2. Fights Parasites

Hyssop has the ability to fight parasites, which are organisms that feed off the nutrients of other organisms. Some examples of parasites include tapeworm, fleas, hookworms and flukes.

3. Fights Infections

Hyssop prevents infections from developing in wounds and cuts. Because of its antiseptic properties, when it’s applied to an opening of the skin, it fights infection and kills bacteria. Hyssop also helps in healing deep cuts, scars, insect bites and even can be one of the great home remedies for acne. Hyssop has antibiotic properties from the plant’s volatile oils. While the antibiotic properties are generally strong, they show the best results on shallow wounds and fungus infections.

4. Increases Circulation

An increase in blood flow or circulation in the body benefits the heart and the body’s muscles and arteries. Hyssop improves and promotes circulation because of its anti-rheumatic properties. By increasing circulation, hyssop can work as a natural remedy for gout, rheumatism, arthritis and swelling. Your heart rate lowers when your blood circulates properly, and then your heart muscles relax and your blood pressure flows evenly throughout the body, affecting every organ.

So many people are looking for natural arthritis cures because it can be a crippling condition. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, occurs when cartilage between joints wears down, causing inflammation and pain. By increasing circulation, hyssop oil and tea inhibit swelling and inflammation, allowing the blood to flow through the body and relieve the pressure that builds up because of clogged arteries.

Because of its ability to improve circulation, hyssop oil is also a home remedy and treatment for hemorrhoids, which are experienced by 75 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Hemorrhoids are caused by an increase in pressure on the veins of the anus and rectum. The pressure on the veins causes swelling, pain and bleeding.

5. Relieves Muscle Pain and Spasms

Almost everybody has likely experienced discomfort in his or her muscles at some point. Because almost every part of the body has muscle tissue, this type of pain can be felt practically anywhere.

In addition, hyssop oil helps the body rid itself of excessive salts, fluids, sodium and other toxic substances through urine. As a natural diuretic, hyssop oil reduces inflammation, swelling and rheumatic pain.

6. Supports Healthy Immune Response

Hyssop improves circulation and digestion, while it kills bacteria and parasites — all of these benefits boost the immune system to work properly. By decreasing inflammation and allowing blood to run through our organs, hyssop oil maintains the function of the entire body.

7. Helps Digestion

Hyssop oil is a stimulant, so it increases the production of secretions, like bile, digestive enzymes and acid. These gastric juices are necessary in order to break down food as it makes its way to the stomach. We have digestive juices that contain enzymes in order to speed up the chemical reactions in the body and break down food into nutrients.

By facilitating digestion, hyssop oil helps with the decomposition of complex proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients. Because the digestive system interacts with all other body systems, including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, the role that hyssop plays as a stimulant is very beneficial. Hyssop oil can also be helpful with releasing gas and indigestion.

8. Promotes Skin Health

Hyssop oil has the power to diminish the look of scars and work as a natural treatment for acne, pox, boils, stretch marks or wounds. It also promotes cellular regeneration, and the growth of new skin makes old marks fade away. Because hyssop oil is antiseptic, it can kill bacteria on the skin and fight infections. Applying a few drops of this beneficial oil to your skin keeps you looking younger and healthier.


Growing Hyssop 

Hyssop does best with well-drained soil and full sun, and when it becomes too big, it needs to be clipped. The plant attracts butterflies, hoverflies and bees, which encourages pollination naturally. It also makes an excellent companion plant to cabbage to keep away cabbage whiteflies.

If you plan to pick or cut the leaves for drying, do it on a sunny day to ensure that you get the highest concentration of active ingredients. Let the leaves air-dry in a sunny place with plenty of air and circulation; it takes about six days before they’re completely dry. For storage, keep the dried herbs in an airtight container.

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Make Your Own Essential Oil

Before drying the plant, you can make your own essential oil. Cut the leaves and flowers of a mature hyssop plant early in the morning. Rinse them and let them dry completely, then chop them up into fine pieces. When you crush the chopped pieces, the oil begins to come out of the herb slowly. All you need is a few drops mixed with a carrier oil to take advantage of hyssop’s wound-healing and vaporizing capabilities.

  • For aromatherapy, diffuse or inhale 3–5 drops of hyssop oil.

Hyssop Tea Recipe

To make your own hyssop tea, start by boiling two cups of water. Add two tablespoons of fresh hyssop leaves to the water and let it steep for 30 minutes.  It is also recommended that you brew the hyssop tea in a closed container. This prevents the beneficial essences of the tea from escaping. After preparing the tea, you can enjoy hyssop tea two or three times per day.


Possible Side Effects and Precautions 

Hyssop is considered safe for most people in the amounts commonly found in foods and in medicinal amounts. It’s not safe to use hyssop during pregnancy because it might cause the uterus to contract or start menstruation, and these effects could lead to a miscarriage. It’s not known whether hyssop is safe to use during breastfeeding, so avoid using it or speak to your doctor first. Do not give hyssop to children; convulsions were reported in a child who took 2–3 drops of hyssop oil over several days.

If you have a history of seizures, do not use hyssop because it may trigger seizures or make them worse. When using hyssop oil, do not exceed 30 drops a day because it’s a convulsant and may increase your risk of having a seizure. Hyssop is also known to increase blood pressure, which can be beneficial to people with low blood pressure, but problematic for people who are trying to lower their levels.

Resources

  1. McVicar, Jekka. (2010). Grow Herbs: An inspiring guide to growing and using herbs. Dorling Kindersley Limited, London.
  2. McVicar, Jekka. (2006). Jekka’s Complete Herb Book. Silverdale Books, Leicester.
  3. Website: Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Nourish Yourself…Anise Hyssop: A Perennial Native by Thea Summer Deer
  4. Website: Dr. Josh Axe

Featured photograph of Hyssop by Jane Grueber

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Beauty All Around ~ Nature Photography

A Sufi holy man was asked, “What is forgiveness?” He said, “It is the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed.”

It is a pleasure and privileged to revel in nature especially as the colors, fragrances and textures explode all around.

Borage has come back to life and once again graced us with its edible star-shaped flowers. Bees love these as they refill with nectar every two minutes.

Gorgeous Columbine grows in the community garden.

Over the last week, I took to nature to clear my head and let go of the old.

Wild flowers call to me.

The quiet solitude of the mossy forest is indescribable.

Slugs enjoy the soft carpet.

Mossy logs team with life and selflessly provide a home for countless creatures.

Dodds Narrows where the the water flows and whirlpools swirls. The seals frolic in the strong current.  It is also a passage way for Orca pods and other whales as they follow their food source.

Top Quote from The Renegade Press by Chris Nichols

All Photography by  Jane Grueber

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Beach Time on Vancouver Island: Nature Photography

As summer approaches, the anticipation of hot sun, soft sand, barnacled rocks, lapping waves and cool ocean air washing over my mind and body gets me a little giddy. It’s never too early to head to the beach and take in all that its wonders.

Little treasures are found along the way when one is open to all possibilities.

Pausing to reflect on the immense force of nature that lies so tranquil on a sunny day.

The freedom to lose yourself in each moment. Playing. Pondering. Unhurried. Seeing anew with the curiosity and excitement of a child.

Observing tiny movers and shakers tending their lot.

Inhaling the salty air perfumed with the sweetest blossoms.

Restoring the wind in your sails. Harnessing the breeze.

All to remind us of our imperative to be stewards of this planet.

              ~Grow~Share~Thrive~

All photographs by Jane Grueber

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Wordsworth Dances with Daffodils

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Just as the daffodils are slowly fading away, replaced by colorful tulips, here is a poem by William Wordsworth to commemorate the beauty they bestow upon the waking planet each spring.

We planted about 40 daffodil bulbs in our front garden last fall. Amazingly, the sight of the yellow visage of a flower gladdens the heart and brightens the spirit.

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” or “Daffodils”

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed”and gazed ”but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

 

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~Grow~Share~Thrive~

All photographs by Jane Grueber

Poem by William Wordsworth

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A Walk in the Forest ~ Nature Photography

In honor of Earth Day (April 22). Every day is Earth Day. We are all stewards of this planet and must do everything to nurture our nature.

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The spring rain brings out the most beautiful wild forest flowers. We went on a hike with a mission to seek out these meadows where fairies surely frolic and tend to the new arrivals.

Perhaps they shelter beneath the Fawn Lilies when the warm rains come so as not to get their wings damp. Little children create umbrellas from the lilies, too.

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Fawn lily is beautiful but shy, rarely showing her face. Like a patient mother, she bows to help the spring critters drink her nectar in a dry place.

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Purple shooting stars stand like lanterns that delight the eye and drawing near those who look upon them.

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In love and light, we meander through the misty morning woods. Our hearts filled with the scent of a forest awakening.

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~Grow~Share~Thrive~

 

All photography by Jane Grueber Copyright 2017

Featured Digital Design by Artiso

Original Photograph of Hyacinths by Jane Grueber

Digital Manipulations by @Clarityisjustsohip

Location: Central Vancouver Island

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