Essay — Listening to the Flowers

Thanks for sharing this!

Image source: HL Carpenter

Image source: HL Carpenter

Hot, cold, rainy, sunny—what will it be today?

Last week, Carpenter Country ushered in spring highs of eighty degrees. Pansies, delphiniums and azaleas bloomed beside a hibiscus. This week icicles festooned our fountain and temps dropped into the twenties.

And while Florida shivered, relatives across the pond said their weather was spring-like.

Today’s erratic weather patterns are called global warming and climate change. Yet historical records show extreme swings in temperature are nothing new. Fifty years ago, before a series of deep freezes, orange groves blanketed North Florida, legacy of the citrus first brought to the state by Spanish conquistadors five centuries ago.

Image source: HL Carpenter

Image source: HL Carpenter

Which makes me wonder what the early residents of St. Augustine and Jacksonville thought of the ups and downs of temperature. Probably they pulled on their woolies, kept their bathing suits close at hand, and hoped for the best.

So I’m going to ignore the icicles and listen to the flowers.

They may be shivering, but they already have a jump on the next heat wave.

***

You might also like these posts

Essay — In the details We're mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That's not all bad--beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.   Source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter     ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL ...
Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...

We write. Visit us in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

Posted in Essays Tagged with: ,