Hope embodied in buds, Faith pulsing in seeds
Wishing you a joyous return of the Sun!
At a time when flowers perch silently,
embryonically nestled in their bud scales on leafless icy twigs
or patiently waiting beneath,
in dark soil warmed by the fiery pulse of the Earth’s core.
Seeds succulent with winter’s rainfall,
imperceptibly inhaling and exhaling,
beneath the nurturing blanket of last summer.
Life carries life through the darkness
All is born from the breath of death.
The flowers may be invisible
but still, they are here.
Many people erroneously believe that buds are formed
in the warming days of early spring
but they have been present all along
through the darkest nights.
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
-Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
What nurtures hope in your heart, in your mind, through the darkest night?
Meet The Green Mastermind Behind Blog Castanea
JULIET BLANKESPOOR founded the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in 2007 and serves as the school’s primary instructor and Creative Director. She's been a professional plant-human matchmaker for close to three decades. Juliet caught the plant bug when she was nineteen and went on to earn a degree in Botany. She's owned just about every type of herbal business you can imagine: an herbal nursery, a medicinal products business, a clinical practice, and now, an herbal school.
These days, she channels her botanical obsession with her writing and photography in her online programs and here on her personal blog, Castanea. She's writing her first book: Cultivating Medicinal Herbs: Grow, Harvest, and Prepare Handcrafted Remedies from Your Home Garden. Juliet and her houseplants share a home with her family and herb books in Asheville, North Carolina.
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