“The texture of the world, its filigree and scrollwork, means that there is a possibility for beauty here, a beauty inexhaustible in its complexity, which opens to my knock, which answers in me a call I do not remember calling, and which trains me to the wild and extravagant nature of the spirit I seek.”
Quote Taken from Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. (via Goodreads.com)

Detail of Dandelion flowerhead

A close up of a Dandelion flower shows there is a lot more going on than just it merely being a ‘weed’.  I’ve always loved Dandelions, their bright yellow heads opening very early in spring, and making the meadows and hedgerows so attractive.  Eventually I learnt the medicinal benefits of this plant, I like it’s bitter taste and know that it is good for liver health.  This plant grows very well in my garden as the soil is of a clay type and the seeds must have been lying dormant in the top soil which we added to our raised beds.


The Silver Birch growing in my garden was a little sapling when we took it from the side of the road one day some 25 years ago.  It’s grown tall and strong and is used a lot by all the birds who frequent the garden.


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This Pine was only a few centimetres high when we planted it, now it’s tall and doing great, Blackbirds often sing high up on it’s branches.  I know the value of those trees, without them I would not be able to attract as many birds and hear their singing from close by.


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