This is a bumble bee, as we called them when I was a kid. But there are also now honey bees that have discovered the garden with its myriad flowers. The bees and the wasps and the humming birds vie for October Bean blossoms (above), making for quite the entertaining playing out of strategies of warfare, you know, among Flowers for the Immaculate Conception. It’s only July, but the beans are getting big:
The Spaghetti Squarrrsh also have their battles on their flowers though they don’t bother me at all, as they are all too busy:
The promises of Spaghetti are being fulfilled while other promises are being… um… squarrrshed… Here’s a picture from a while back:
Today, that too close proximity resulted in this happening:
The Tomatoes, having not been helped by my incapacity, have nevertheless bounced back. The tiny tomato flowers are wildly fruitful now.
Just one tomato plant has fully 28 tomatoes on it, helpfully, at different levels of development to be sure, but, I mean, 28! You can’t count them all here. Some are tiny. Some are hiding behind leaves.
The Morris Rose has experienced another blossom then no blossom cycle, and is back to blossoms:
I don’t know if there will be anything for something like rose-hip tea.
The asparagus patch has a zillion tiny flowers, which will turn into red berries. Some of the plants are foresting already at just under seven feet high:
Meanwhile, the few minutes I take to pull a weed there, tie up a vine there, or perhaps ever water the plants is an extremely welcome break from the chaos in the world and, right now, ferociously in the church. I believe that grabbing a few pictures of flowers in honor of the Immaculate Conception is a wholesome, restorative activity, and I do not believe that this is despised by our Lady, even while she has much to do while the chaos continues. Hail Mary…
In that spirit, just for nice, for the Immaculate Conception:
And another interloper out front with squarrrsh:
But my favorite flower for the Immaculate Conception is the most simple, pure, a Jasmine Cross. Do you see it?
The Jasmine is growing over “Brake-Man”, an image made out of brakes, an image of Adam, who put the brakes on grace with original sin, but he now being given the gift of being able to give such a simple gift to the Immaculate Conception, that little white cross.
One response to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (gardening, edition)”
Thank you so much for the lovely meditation. Nature is God’s prayer book.