Vivid and Handmade (2)

This morning, I walked along the fence line and started collecting wildflowers currently in bloom. I ended up with this handmade bouquet of flowers (aka ‘weeds’) that come up on their own, or have naturalized from an initial planting.

wildflowers in vase

What came to mind as I was gathering, was the chapter on “Giving” in The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give…
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”

Sweet William

“And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.”

grass with seeds

“You often say, ‘I would give, but only to the deserving.’
The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish….
Surely…he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.”

evening primrose

“For in truth it is life that gives unto life – while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.”

(All quotes from The Prophet).

The DP Weekly Photo Challenge is “Vivid.”

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is “Handmade.”

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19 Responses to Vivid and Handmade (2)

  1. cindy knoke says:

    so different snd so pretty!

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  2. jamborobyn says:

    Really beautiful post, Annette. Much appreciated.


  3. Kan says:

    Those are beautiful words! And those vivid “weeds” and wonderful!

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  4. Beautiful post and lovely bouquet. How is it that we came to call such beautiful things “weeds”? Your quotes are a good reminder to be careful that we aren’t putting people in a “weeds” category either.

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    • That’s a good question and probably goes hand in hand with the proliferation of lawns and “weed-free” lawns as a status symbol. Never mind that lawns could become growing spaces for healthy food, an edible landscape that would minimize the use of herbicides and gasoline-using lawn mowers…
      Clever connection between plant weeds and human “weeds”, too. I was thinking about how nature gives so freely and without judging, but you add a whole new twist here. Thanks!

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  5. I love the photos and the words. It makes me think and be grateful. Actually it has answered a problem I have sat up all night pondering. So THANK YOU1

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  6. Tish Farrell says:

    I love the informality of this arrangement, Annette – like a meadow in a vase. I’m sorry I’ve not been showing up on your blog. For some reason your posts have stopped showing in my reader. I must go and check that something weird hasn’t happened on the settings. Meanwhile, I need to catch up – but that will be fun 🙂


  7. lolaWi says:

    beautiful arrangement and quotes! 🙂

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  8. Gradmama2011 says:

    I really enjoy looking over your site…gorgeous photos, interesting topics, good writing…and point of view of a kindred soul. 🙂


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