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Monday, May 21, 2012

Wild Orchids of the Okanagan

Thirteen Wild Orchids Bloomed.
Each Orchid, a Sacred Gift From the Universe.
These gorgeous wild orchids are native to the Okanagan mountains. It is a miracle that amongst the tall grass and shrubs that surround a steep slope in my front yard, these lovely orchids found a place to grow. What started out as one orchid, over the seasons has now become a cluster of thirteen flowers this spring! I treasure these orchids as a lovely gift from the universe. Their scent is fresh, sweet and gentle heaven.
I am considering moving home locations in the near future and when I saw that my lovely wild orchids had all bloomed today, I felt a pang of despair. How can I protect these flowers from future owners? How can I ensure that they leave a small patch of the grass long and unkept and the bushes untrimmed so that these lovely orchids may survive and bloom again and again? And that they never use yard chemicals?
I can leave a house, a shelter, but the wild plants, the majestic magnificent trees and rose bushes. I feel it is my duty somehow to protect these plants from other humans and their careless destructive ways. And don't get me started on the mole that lives in our back yard--the giant, chubby Townsend mole. I have never seen it but it leaves giant mounds of earth all over our yard each and every spring.
I actually feel heart sick and concerned for all the humans out there who refuse to share the earth, and specifically their yard with wild flowers, and wild life. If one poisons the ground and destroys all dandelions, kills all ground creatures--they destroy all possibility of ever having a lovely gift such as a bunch of wild orchids, ever grace their land, their lives.
Toss aside the need for a manicured, artificial yard and embrace the nature that will begin to appear and bless you with its grace, beauty and wonder.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Jenna said...

They are absolutely gorgeous! I'm lamenting the loss of my orchards at home - not so easy too grow. Wonderful to see them in the wild!

May 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Mix Hart said...

Yes, orchids truly are one of natures splendid gifts :)

May 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM  

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