The day started sunny, then a rogue rain cloud passed over and shared a bit of moisture with us.
Butterflies, bumblebees and long-legged wasps stopped by.
Hummingbirds and songbirds came to say hello and to peruse the blossoms or to take a rest on the garden bench.
"Hey! She's got her camera out today at 1720, stop by if you want some exposure." (This is L.A. after all.)
Truth be told, when I created this garden, I didn't really think about the "wildlife" it might attract. I love flowers and trees and designing spaces for people to enjoy and that's what I was thinking about mostly.
That's why it seems such a huge side benefit and almost, well . . . "flattering" really. Each time a new creature comes to call -or moves in- it is thrilling. It's like nature is giving a nod of approval to something I initiated. And really, that's all I did.
I am still in awe at the miracle of it all. –Just plant a seed and a beautiful flower will grow there one day. –Just stick that little sapling in the ground and one day you will be lounging in the shade of a mighty tree.
In creating this little snippet of it here, I have reaped far more than I have sown, that much is for sure.
Planting a garden is like knocking on Heaven's door and what has opened up to me is far more than I had ever imagined.
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"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
(Walden -Henry David Thoreau)
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