Saturday, May 27, 2017

“A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I notice it when I’m heading indoors from photographing the lilac buds one day. Tucked away, hidden almost, among the growing greenery that will one day turn to a mound of white daisies, the soft downy white bud bows in the afternoon sun. My logical brain assumes it to be a daisy because, after all, that’s the place where the daisies bloom. I don’t connect with the fact that it looks nothing like a daisy bud.

A couple of weeks later, it blooms; and I continue to assume. Then, I’m watering one day–mindful and paying attention–and realize the white flowers aren’t daisies after all. One windy afternoon I pluck one and take it inside to photograph.

Moving it to catch the light, I get close, then turn it around and am surprised by the downy pink on the back of the white blossom. I spend a pleasant bit of time taking photos of this newcomer–from where, I have no idea–to my garden.

Serendipitously someone posts a photo of this flower on the local gardening page I follow seeking to determine the identity of a mystery flower that has become invasive in their garden. One of the gardening gurus declares it to be Anemone sylvestris. I harness the power of Google and confirm that my mystery flower is the same.

How it arrived in my garden, I don’t know, but I like the mystery and wonder it arrived with.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
1 comment
  1. Nature is a wonder. And you capture it all so beautifully.

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