Plants and People and Forbs

This entry is mostly pictures of flowers.  From the upper window of the house the mowed path resembles the flaming chalice of the Unitarian Universalist tradition.  I rather like this unintentional creation.  From either side of the entry way – bottom of picture, the “arms” of the chalice embrace the “flames” which are the pathways seemingly folding back on themselves.        I seem to be noticing reflections lately.  The second picture captures the coreopsis in the birdbath.     From the drive, the “Wisconsin Stone” – so named because of its shape – is surrounded by lilies, coreopsis and sage in bloom.      One single Pale Purple Coneflower with slender stalk and leaves, stands erect. Its more robust counterpart will bloom in a few weeks.   While not exactly part of the labyrinth, the brilliant peony catches my eye just across the drive.     And, the welcome rock tucked among the clovers.    A lovely near summer day in the 1080 Laughing Labyrinth.

Chalice Pathways

From the upstairs window the shape is like the UU chalice

Coreopsis reflection

Reflection of coreopsis in birdbath

Flowers and stone

“Wisconsin” stone and pathways

Pale Purple Coneflower bloom

Early bloom of pale purple coneflower


Full and faded beauty.


Welcome stone, feather










While weeding last week I thought of how plants and people are similar.  Some are tough and invasive.  Very aggressive.  Some are just tough and bounce back.  Others are fragile and need tending very carefully.  Others still are elusive and aloof.  Well, today is not the day to be philosophical, so I will leave matters at that.

About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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