Fall colors here have been the most spectacular that I can ever recall.
It seems most odd to be planting spring bulb now.
How can crocus and daffodils be on my mind when there is autumn all around me?
Yet...now is the time to plant and dream of the future.
My ice pansies will thrive all through the fall and come back in spring, but it is the bulbs that I consider most faithful while planting.
I tuck them in and while there are no immediate clues that something has been added to my garden, I trust and believe that even during the upcoming storms of winter, something is waiting to come forth in spring time, just when the season of darkness seems like it will never end.
I always plant bulbs prayerfully.
I pray that all will be well when the time comes for spring flowers.
I pray that troubling matters both near and far will have by then passed, and that I will remember my prayers for God's blessings and be thankful.
Next spring...next April...I envision these flowers will be in fragrant bloom as we race out our front door to meet another kind of first blossom in our lives.
The tiny seedling baby was blueberry sized when we first heard back in July.
Week by week I have marveled as I read about what was being formed in secret.
Ears, fingers, even tiny fingerprints!
The blueberry sized baby grew weekly; web pages let me know the week the baby was kumquat sized, then lemon, now bell pepper.
Changes and more changes came to the baby's form each week.
At thirteen weeks I saw via ultrasound my first grandchild's perfectly formed hand floating in my daughter-in-law's womb, my first glimpse at a baby with at tiny hand cupped around the face like one peering into the distant future.
Fall....with color splendor observed at a distance
Winter...with pristine black and white beauty observed in stillness
then Spring...with color and fragrances best observed up close.
I too am peering into a distant future and with quiet trust am waiting for that what is being created in lives all around me to be found to be safe and blessed come spring.