A good strong rain finally came. We needed it and personally, I’m glad because my heart-strings have been pulled around a bit lately and I’m tired. Rain and mist go well with a melancholic mood or a time for quiet reflection.
My most recent time in the horticulture therapy gardens was several days ago and already, I miss them. I wonder how the lettuce is doing. I bet the garden where they accidentally planted flowers with leaf vegetables is blooming and making good food too.
Although the gardens are not mine, nor on my property, my heart has a place in it especially for them.
Synchronistically, while traveling to the country over the past week, I’ve continued having ‘Green Healing’ experiences. Healing has been the subject of conversation with people whom I met and a continuous metaphor in events that occurred. Each event had to do with land and nature, and many times, for different reasons, I had to talk about why green is important.
Note: Green Healing isn’t always easy or pleasant. My week has challenged me, to say the least, but I also saw beautiful places, spent time with my mother, and met some nice folks.
We traveled near my hometown, which is a beautiful part of our state. I love the land in North Carolina, particularly that which hasn’t been developed. We have beautiful rolling hills of green and relatively, there are still many trees. I’ve lived in other places for short periods, and each time I returned, it was the trees I was first glad to see again.
My mother’s backyard (above) always lifts my spirit and without a doubt, offers me delightful views.
She doesn’t particularly care for the view and would rather be around people. I understand that. I’ve lived in spectacular places full of natural beauty, but without other people, life gets too lonely. Nature, like dogs, has a lot to offer us, but neither replaces our need for friends and companionship.
A few weeks ago after my son and I watered the therapy gardens, we took a walk along a habitat trail displaying native plants and trees from the Sandhills, which is where the Piedmont ends and the Coastal region begins.
We stopped at a bog, where I later discovered I had received about four ticks.
Along the trail, we saw the most awesome Ferns ever,
and learned that our state tree is the Long-leaf Pine.
Our Beloved Trees
My son isn’t usually interested in taking pictures, but when he saw a little lizard with an orange throat sliding along the edge of the bog’s viewing deck, he was immediately engaged with Nature.
Another Green Healing happening!
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