Moments of Awe

Moments of Awe

IMG_4094Saturday morning I had a few quite minutes alone in the Yarden… I had no idea it would lead to an epiphany…

Yesterday I was cutting some herbs for bread I was making. It was a lovely, quiet morning, which is unusual with all the urban ambient noise we encounter – we’re under the flight path, live by a hospital, are on a corner with a stop sign…you get the picture. I went inside to get the camera to do my monthly garden chronicle and started snapping away (taking way too many shots as my husband likes to remind me).

I was making my way through things when I rounded the corner into the work area and was blown away by this Morning Glory in full, well, glory. I of course took too many shots but also just stood in awe of how beautiful it was. And how it only opens in the morning, that bloom dies and another comes to replace it the next day. And why? All for beauty, I guess.

This particular Morning Glory – Heavenly Blue – I had planted in this forgotten corner, hoping it would climb over the fence so passers by would be entertained by its rambunctiousness. It did that. Without any attention, watering, weeding, pruning from us. It is a testament to tenaciousness… and aside from growing unmanaged and unmaintained, this Morning Glory reminded me of another – Grandpa Ott’s – that started a revolution. Yes. From the Seed Saver’s Exchange website…

“Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy to honor this tradition of preserving and sharing. Their collection started when Diane’s terminally-ill grandfather gave them the seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory and German Pink Tomato, that his parents brought from Bavaria when they immigrated to St. Lucas, Iowa in the 1870s.”

So this particular, gorgeous, Morning Glory was beautiful enough for someone to bring from Bavaria, beautiful enough for a movement to start because of it, and beautiful enough to stop me in my tracks and remember that beauty can change everything.

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