Wild Ways

The dry weather in the past month has
really taken it’s toll on the gardens.  Those
cultivated plants that require so much human
intervention to sustain their beauty.  Even our
vegetable plants have given up the ghost
except for a few zucchini plants (of course
zucchini plants would thrive).

Out in the world the wild plants now have
their day, their splendiferous display, seed
and stalk, pod and thistle, even the liver
colored yellow dock looks gorgeous
against the drying fields.

The mugwort is dominant this year
taking over large swaths of the hill and
retention area below.  Last year it was
the burdock with their stocks reaching
10 feet in the air.  The plants weave
and bob in a kind of harmonious dance
from year to year.  Usually it is to make
you notice, to pick and preserve what
is abundant as it might be needed to
get through the winter months to
ward off illness.

Today I would like to celebrate this wild
way, the way of the survivor, the plants
that fight to bloom no matter what, those
medicinal wonders that teach us much if
we choose to listen.

The fields are dry and dying, the grasses
parched and pale, yet this view still show
how the wild things prevail…

Purple Loose Strife,
invasive yes, but a wonderful
lung tonic for influenza,
goldenrod for dying and for
hay fever, wild papyrus, paper making
in the field, yellow dock, tonic for the liver,
cat o nine tails their stocks moving to froth,
and mugwort for protection
to wear drying in an amulet next to the
heart.

A bouquet display
to enjoy…

While the gardens are dust the compost
tea tub is still working and I have not emptied
it because some wild creatures have made it their
home…

No fear that there will
be mosquitos, they will
eat each and every one.

The weaving and bobbing
of the wild plants way led me to create
this…

Looking for a way in….to this wild heaven.

11 Responses to “Wild Ways”

  1. Kris August 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    what a wonderful piece you were inspired to create. Love how you've woven it all together just like nature.

  2. lyle baxter August 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    your photos are great! the wild things are great in their place! but I like the woven wild thing at the end of todays post!

  3. NuminosityBeads August 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Wild plants amaze me especially here in the north. They really know how to survive!
    I like your collage weaving, nicely displayed! I bet even the frogs croak about it.
    xoxo Kim

  4. steph August 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    The art is beautiful and inspiring as eevr, Corrine…Thank you for sharing.

  5. La Dolce Vita August 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    love all your medicinals in your yard… we have some as well…
    it has been dry here too but humid and muggy, not pleasant… happy t to you and I love your weaving!!

  6. Quase Blog da Li August 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Really wonderful that so fertile field
    herbs.
    We must always celebrate.
    Enchanting your Wild Heaven.
    Good morning.
    Enjoy!

  7. The Itsy Bitsy Spill August 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Your so lovely! love your post beautiful and gorgeous work. And thank you for coming by and leaving me a nice comment!!!

    cheers hon!

  8. Leslie August 11, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    You have been inspired so beautifully! Your woven collage is stunning, and I enjoyed your explanation of the uses of these plants that endure during the heat of summer. The bouquet is lovely too. And that banner! I caught my breath as your page unfolded on my screen!

    xo

  9. Seth August 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    The weaving is spectacular. I love the vivid and saturated colors you used.

  10. Marilyn Rock August 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Your woven collage is awesome with color and life! Love your blog header, too. Great medicinal herbs!

  11. Linda August 13, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    What a lovely poetic post Corrine.
    Love that weaving to bits!!!! – You are so good with colours….

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