Bliss, according to Merriam-Webster is defined as a noun \’blis\. The simple definition is complete happiness. The full definition is 1. complete happiness, 2. Paradise, Heaven. This Old English word truly describes my emotional state when I enter into my garden and embrace the beauty that surrounds me.
Whether it is a bud…
or a bloom…
my bliss can usually be found right in the garden…any garden. Bliss can be whatever you find that is meaningful and brings you complete happiness. It might not bring you complete happiness initially, but in my world, complete happiness is an ever evolving journey. A journey that starts small as it gets better over time and is never-ending. When I venture into the garden, I am always in a state of bliss. Such beautiful plants, shrubs and trees that have been gifted to us to display as we please. Bliss is a personal thing when it comes to the garden.This Camellia is something that I look forward to every Spring. When I wander into the backyard, the Yoshino Cherry is like a soft pink cloud, as if I am walking in heaven. I planted Yoshino Cherry trees so that I could enjoy the splendor of Spring, one of the favorites blooms of this season, right in my own backyard…and I am so glad I did.To some bliss can be found in sports, reading, art, travel and to others, bliss can be found in each of these things. My bliss is found by embracing the beauty that surrounds me, imagining the possibilities and gardening with total abandon. As the gardening season is upon us, finding more plants that bring me joy, are visually appealing and add to my personal feelings of bliss will be an ongoing part of my journey.
This Camellia bloom is from a found Camellia three years ago. It had no tag, it was quite unhealthy, but I felt that it needed to have a home. I planted it in the background of my side yard, sheltered from too much wind and the sun. Fed with fish emulsion and compost tea, the blooms are as large as my hand. I call her my shy girl, as she quietly grows behind the dogwood and the bodacious blooms of the red Camellias. You have to look for her, but her blooms definitely make it worthwhile. I will have to move her or the red Camelllia…one day soon, but for now, I simply enjoy the utter bliss that she shares with my world.
Have you found bliss in the beauty that surrounds you?
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