Laburnum arbor, Bayview Nursery

Laburnum arbor, Bayview Nursery

Spring is proceeding at breathless pace, and one of my favorite places to savor the fresh colors and blooms is Bayview Farm and Garden on Whidbey Island.  I mark my calendar each year so that I remember to make the trip there when the laburnum arbor is in full glory.  The cascading flowers of Golden Chain give the impression that you are sitting under a floral waterfall.  The double arbor alone makes Bayview Farm and Garden a worthy destination, but of course, the rest of the nursery is also full of visual treats.

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A garden Buddha

A garden Buddha

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Clematis

Clematis

Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks

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Fuchsias

Fuchsias

“Fuchsias are among my ninety-nine most favourite flowers. . . . I could go on for hours, and probably shall, one day, about their white petticoats and their crimson ruffs and the incredible grace with which they dispose themselves.”
— Beverley Nichols, Sunlight on the Lawn

Peace on Earth

December 24, 2012

Prayer wheels at the Sakya Monastery in Seattle

Prayer wheels and prayers for peace

The holiday season rings with the prayer for “Peace on Earth.”  These prayer wheels at the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle are monuments to peace and harmony.  Enclosed within each prayer wheel is a scroll with a mantra of lovingkindness and compassion written 100,000 times.  Spin the wheels to send the prayer — a universal desire for peace on earth.

“Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become  your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your character.
Your character becomes your destiny.”
— The Buddha

Prayer flags flutter outside the Sakya Monastery

Buddha with offerings