Finally, finally, the bottom shelf of the refrigerator is emptied of pond plants and available once again for food storage! Every year, I look forward to getting the pond plants outside. This year, it seems to have happened earlier than I expected. That’s because the weather here has been far too warm for this time of year – about 30c today. Pictured, at right, are some grape hyacinths (Muscari botyroides) which were tiny buds two days’ ago … the entire garden seems to be growing by leaps and bounds right before my eyes!
My pond plants seem happy to be outdoors … each year they hibernate in dark plastic bags in the fridge. They always look strange when I first unwrap them. Bits of pale yellow plants have started growing even though they haven’t been exposed to any light. By tomorrow, they will look less sickly.
If the weather continues to be warm, hopefully the pond will be cleaned and refilled by tomorrow. That’s my goal so that I can avoid having to clean the indoor aquarium before putting our fish back in the pond.
While I was cleaning the pond this afternoon and evening, my thoughts turned to my friend Marion, and all the remarkable and inspiring things she has done in her life. I had visited her earlier this afternoon with Jean. (Marion, Jean and I used to practice our mandolins together. After our practices, we would sit and drink coffee, eat muffins or cookies and I would love listening to both Marion and Jean talk of the past. Their stories need to be recorded … )
I go off to sleep tonight thinking of how important and precious is the time that we spend with those people who touch our lives in profound and lasting ways. I also am sending many healing thoughts to Marion and to another cherished friend who is feeling under the weather and has developed the most endearing nasal way of speaking …