Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–February 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains. Nothing blooming, inside or out today. Instead, let’s pay tribute to the native sunflower in the season to come.

The Sunflowers

By Mary Oliver in Devotions, 2017

Come with me

   Into the field of sunflowers.

      Their faces are burnished disks,

         Their dry spines

creak like ship masks,

   Their green leaves,

      So heavy and many,

         Fill all day with the sticky

sugars of the sun.

   Come with me

      To visit the sunflowers,

        They are shy

but want to be friends,

   They have wonderful stories

      Of when they were young—

         The important weather,

the wandering crows.

   Don’t be afraid

      To ask them questions!

         Their bright faces,

which follow the sun,

   will listen, and all

      those rows of seeds—

         each one a new life!—

hope for a deeper acquaintance,

   each of them, though it stands

      in a crowd of many,

         like a separate universe,

is lonely, the long work

   of turning their lives

      into a celebration

         is not easy. Come

and let us talk with those modest faces,

   the simple garment of leaves,

      the coarse roots in the earth

         so uprightly burning.

Thanks for joining us at Plant Exchange Blog today.  Do look around if you have time.

If you’d like to see what’s in bloom elsewhere in the United States and other countries, go to Carol Michel’s May Dreams Gardens post for February 15th. At the end of her post, find many garden bloggers waiting patiently to show you flowers in bloom.

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