Life is never static, although it may seem that way during periods of our lives. The daily ebb and flow of a routine lulls us into thinking that we’re in control of events. But daily reports of international news remind us that sudden changes can happen to anyone.
Moving my mother into assisted living this past weekend has brought thoughts of the march of time and how important it is to enjoy each moment of life.
The Jackman Clematis vine (Clematis x jackmanii) has rallied with new flowers after the summer heat has mostly passed.
Of course, it means another pot has to go into the shed this winter.
Even though true autumn has not arrived, cooler nights and mornings have revived some plants while others are beginning to change into the rust colors of fall. Passion Flower Vine (Passiflora alatocaerulea) is perennial here that is a welcome sight in the spring to me and to the caterpillars of such butterflies as the Zebra and the Gulf Fritillary. It is the only host plant for them, so they can chomp off every leaf of a vine. It provides both the larvae and the butterflies protection from predators because they receive a toxic compound from the plant.
I urge everyone to take a deep breath and just enjoy what you see around you. The old saying, “Stop and smell the roses.” is still valid.
“Pride is a steamroller. It’ll clear the path for a while, but sooner or later it’ll shift into reverse, and then…look out.” The Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate