I love walking in the garden and enjoying the beauty of the flowers. I even think leaves are pretty. And you know I’m a sucker for a cute dragonfly! But beauty, like everything else, is temporary and even the most gorgeous flower has a limited life span. I’ve been noticing the changes this week in many of the spring flowers as they dry up and produce seeds. It makes me sad to see some of them go, but even as their colors fade and their petals dry they still have an important role to play in the grand scheme of nature.
Every part of a plant- flower, fruit, seeds, stem, leaves- is used to replenish the earth. Flowers feed insects and produce fruit which feeds people and animals. Seeds feed wildlife and ensure the survival of the plant species. Stems and leaves decompose and feed worms and other critters and also enrich the soil. Nothing goes to waste! So as I tour the garden and see the flowers of spring “dying” I know they are really just living in a different way. They are still useful and beautiful!