A Closer Look

Life gets busy.

For all of us.

We are running, trying to keep up with what needs to be done, prioritize and do the right thing.

Maybe the saying about taking the time to “stop and smell the roses” is not meant to include just one of our five senses. Maybe if we stop long enough to bend down, put our noses up close to the flower, close enough to smell the scent that it makes (how crazy is THAT?!), it is our eyes that will be given a gift as well.

It is truly amazing when we actually notice the tiny details of the sights we get used to seeing on a daily basis. There are so many things we probably just don’t notice anymore – not through any purposeful disregard on our part, just because we are moving too fast.

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle

These are dried Nigella pods and they have an adorable nickname…”love-in-the-mist”. They are originally from India, Egypt and Turkey. They don’t ever open, but are filled with tiny seeds and have been used to season food, repel insects from clothing and have been known to restore the sense of smell. Even if you look at a bunch of them all together you may miss the minute details. I love how the points perfectly come together to cause that ribbing on the sides and that little center, how the shades of burgundy vary and fade in between each point from dark to light.

Lacy, frilly skirts on stems. That is all.

Statice – shown here in white, but is grown in so many amazing colors. Coral, peach, purple, yellow, pink…incredible.

Bravo, Nature!

Um. Excuse me….. Wow.

Hello, little fireworks of the earth.

I was not even a teeny tiny bit shocked to find out that they really are called Firecracker (Gomphrena is the fancy name) Globes.

Look at those individual soft spikes with the minuscule yellowish buds!!

Whiter than freshly fallen snow. Whiter than puffy clouds. The perfectly formed petals crown the yellow to brown puffy centers…they just kill me.

I need to lay on the floor for a minute.

Its name is Ammobium, but it has a nickname of Winged Everlasting which I like much better.

This is a reminder to me and hopefully to you not to miss the little things, as they are important as well. Here at Creekside Farms, we are fortunate to work with so many wonderful natural elements. We too need to be reminded to stop, smell and enjoy the amazing pieces of nature that surround us. Let’s not be too guilty of what T.S. Eliot was referring to in this line from “Choruses from the Rock”: “Where is the Life we have lost in living?”

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