In the time of much “gardening bling” it is easy to overlook some of the subtler beauty that is awakening at the same time. A bright red tulip, a show-stopping yellow forsythia mass, or the lush pastel fluff of a cherry tree in full flower is likely to grab anyone’s attention but surrounding that is just as much eye candy minus the bling.
Walking from the Peony Garden yesterday I came across a beech tree unfurling near the Museum Store (with a lot of spring bling for sale!) and it was beautiful. A fellow employee asked what I was doing and we both looked at this “ordinary sight” with eyes of wonderment.
The rest of the walk back to my office—through parking spaces and main road access (not the most glamorous of places) —was filled with the quiet beauty that surrounds us.
After the subdued color palette of winter, it is great to celebrate the addition of color to the spring landscape but take time to look past that to what else is happening. Look at your own garden, park spaces or even plants in the shopping centers with new eyes and see beyond the obvious to find the mystery that lurks behind the flowering flash.