When we think of Transformation, the image of a butterfly comes first to mind at least for most people. Yours truly is certainly not an exception. Every butterfly experiences and endures different stages in their life time. In every stage, they transform. They are constant reminder to each and every one of us that nothing in our lives is permanent. Like them, our life also knows different stages and takes a series of transformations with every stage we endure. The sorrows that our failures bring are as temporary as the joys of our triumphs. It is, therefore, important not to be sad too much when we loose, but at the same time, not to be excessively happy when we win. After all, as Aristotle once said, virtue is anything in the middle of two extremes.
This is a very small wildflower forcing its way out between the bricks. It looks rather huge in this photograph because of the perspective in which the subject is taken. Traditionally speaking, this flower falls under the category of weed. Most gardeners and and garden owners find weeds to be undesirable that must be pulled-out. They do not belong to the architecture of the garden. But I find this little wildflower to be so gorgeous. It seems delicate. At the same time, I wonder whether it is still gorgeous and delicate when it has grown out of control; when it engulfed the whole garden; when culture (garden) is overwhelmed by nature (weeds)?
The white roses in the garden are already starting to announce their arrival. Their new green leaves are already forcing their way out from the stem that has been bare the whole cold winter. The photograph above depicts this most exciting transition from winter to spring awaited by many including myself. It is beautiful to see how the old rose from the last year is giving way to the new ones this year. When one ends, another starts all over again. Indications of spring such as this in combination with the bright blue sky, sounds of birds, and temperature slightly rising-up can really lighten up one’s mood.
As it has already been mentioned in the previous blog post entitled Behold, The First Sign Of Spring published yesterday, I have spotted two little and yet gorgeous flowers on the garden. They might be small, but their bright beautiful colours make them difficult to be unnoticed. Their site is a constant reminder that the long, cold and dark winter is almost behind while the most awaited spring is almost near. Aside from the plants that can survive the cold winter and remain green throughout the year, the colours of these flowers are the first indication that the garden is about to transform. Every year, they never fail in what they do: they remind us of spring while at the same time they make us excited of the spring yet to come.