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Friday, July 19, 2013

Stopper of Time


Has something stopped you in time besides this oppressive heat? Here's a Friday tidbit that confirms this theory. Did you know that the Hummingbird “because of its speed, is known as a messenger and stopper of time?” Why is this fascinating creature able to stop us? Perhaps what the Hummingbird symbolizes is truly believable. “When it hovers over the flowers while drinking nectar, we are meant to savor each moment and appreciate the things we love.”

Hummingbirds are attracted to the many plants and the natural habitat of our summertime garden. But I never noticed them floating above the beautiful, unique blossom of the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’. It is only natural with its brilliant color that there is so much to love about this summertime wonder. It is true excitement when its fiery red flower stops the show. To see a Hummingbird flitting above it several times a day with Butterflies in tow, well, that's simply pure wonderment and stops me in time. Perhaps the Hummingbird, known as a ‘symbol of love, joy and beauty’ is trying to teach me how much I really do love Crocosmias and my summertime garden despite the heat.

And because Hummingbirds can fly backwards, what else can they teach us? Henry Miller summed it up best in ‘Stand Still Like the Hummingbird’. “...when you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take to believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird. The miracle is that the honey is always there, right under your nose, only you were too busy searching elsewhere to realize it. The worst is not death but being blind, blind to the fact that everything about life is in the nature of the miraculous.”

There is no place I would rather be, stopped in time watching the miracles of a sweet landscape. And just in case you don’t follow on Twitter, there was a great link retweeted for herbal infused honeys you can make yourself. It’s a perfect weekend endeavor with so much available from our own gardens.

Image of the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ by Ann Bilowz ©

Hummingbird excerpts from

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