Gardening with Wildlife: Flowers, Flowers, Many flowers!

Rudbeckia is a wildflower from the Midwest. It is easily grown in gardens.
Rudbeckia is a wildflower from the Midwest. It is easily grown in gardens. | Source

By Mirna Santana

Updates from the Ecologist Garden

This morning, when I saw the many flowers in the garden, I thought indeed this is a miracle. The miracle of life! A few months ago that place was only a frozen lawn. When one looks at life simple things with the eyes of a child one could see miracles happening. The opening of a flower becomes a magic event.

A friend and I were talking about whether or not miracles happen. For me, I said, miracles and magic are synonyms or components of wonder. Everything could be a miracle and it depends on our perspective. Everything in our ordinary reality, could be made special and somewhat miraculous. Events such as the opening of a flower, the colors of birds and butterflies, the possibility of being guided by electromagnetic fields, the moon directing the reproduction of certain species and the behavior of others.. all of that is ordinary, yet extraordinary.

Why are some lilies orange, yellow or other colors? Why do they have different tones? How this world came to be...This questions look simple yet they could and have indeed be the subject of scientific studies. It all started with a question, a wonder, a surprise.

I use the garden to ask questions and find answers. Sometimes, however, I just walk there barefoot to feel the earth, to touch the flowers, and to look at the insects. I also see the birds, the frogs, a couple of wasps..several kids of of bees, and of course the flowers. I wonder...If I was expecting only to see beautiful flowers or birds or special things, I would miss the tiny critters. I would miss a big portion of the beauty and the complexity of life.

Some animals visit the plants in search of resources from the flowers, others seek the water drops that accumulated when I watered the garden or after a rain. Others look for shelter and some look to prey on those feeding on the flowers. Next time you see a flower, open your eyes to the tiny things and enjoy the great diversity of life.



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joyfuldesigns 5 years ago from Washington State

I love your comparision of the fireworks (4th of July today) and the dill. Thanks for the reminder of the everyday beauty around us, which we can too easily take for granted.


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MSantana 5 years ago from Madison Wisconsin Author

Thank Joyfuldesigns: This is my Independence present for my friends. I am glad you liked the 'fireworks' at the end.


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Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Great reminder about bees and how important they too are to garden reproduction. We are keeping to our flowers, maybe an herb garden again would be good. Love your nature stories and I too loved the fireworks at the end.


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MSantana 5 years ago from Madison Wisconsin Author

Thank you Rubi. I wish you to enjoy the wonders of gardening.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Brilliant hub on nature's beauty !!

Take care

Eiddwen.


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MSantana 5 years ago from Madison Wisconsin Author

Thank you Eiddwen, I am glad to heard you enjoy it. I went and visit you to find out that you write with the heart. Beautiful!

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