Little Miracles

A Garden Bunny in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A furry garden visitor (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

In a world where we are bombarded daily with images of death, violence and tragedy, sometimes it helps to step back and reflect on what is going on nearby.  Rather than trying to take in troubling worldwide events of which we have no control, instead we can reflect on the wonderful little miracles going on right outside our door.  In fact, if we choose to slow down and really look around, we might be amazed by the many pleasant occurrences going on continually in our own back yard.  Just yesterday, in the few minutes it took to walk out to my horses, I witnessed a bunny grazing on clover, multiple bees and butterflies fluttering about, even a hummingbird sipping nectar from a jewelweed.  I consider these to be little miracles of nature and feel so blessed to encounter them daily.

A Courageous Eupatorium perfoliatum in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A courageous Eupatorium perfoliatum (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

My property borders open pasture where local cows graze almost year ’round.  I often walk out in the fields for relaxation, and love to witness all the plants that have grown there under the most difficult situations; i.e.: constantly being trampled by a herd of cows.  It may seem like such a minor thing, but when I spotted a single eupatorium perfoliatum standing proudly amongst a mass of mud and hoof imprints, I couldn’t help but feel inspired.  When you consider what that solitary 8 ounce, 36 inch tall plant had to go through to not only grow, but continue to exist in such a dangerous terrain, it’s incredibly inspiring to me.  Proving once again the resilience of Mother Nature.  And you don’t need to live near an open pasture to witness these beautiful experiences, nature is everywhere; in the trees that line city streets where squirrels playfully frolic on the limbs, on rooftops lined with singing birds, in the McDonald’s parking lot where tiny chipmunks scamper about, on the islands that divide the highway where native flowers blossom profusely, even a brilliant blood orange sun as it slowly drops behind the skyline.  Priceless visions all, and free for the taking.

A Determined Pansy in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A very determined pansy (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

This spring, a pansy seedling sprouted in the crack between the driveway pavement and the cement garage foundation.  There were only a few crumbs of soil for this plant to grasp on to, but grasp and survive it did.  In fact, it continued to thrive and bloom for months before going dormant during the recent hot spell (I confess to giving it a little water occasionally, to give it a fighting chance).  More recently, I spotted a mass of tiny white blossoms trailing over tall weeds bordering the cow’s pasture.  Upon close inspection, I discovered a native clematis virginiana that had somehow seeded itself there, and against all odds, including the strong competition from massive surrounding weeds, this clematis persevered.  Just another in a series of miracles. (It should be noted that some of these random miracles are the offspring of native plants from my gardens (the clematis and eupatorium), another reason to be so aware of what we bring into our yards).

A Self-seeded Clematis virginiana in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A self-seeded Clematis virginiana (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

So, my friends, take a moment to walk in the woods (or down your street), stick your hands in the dirt and play, run around with your dog, breathe in the sweet morning air, stare up at the clear evening sky and count the stars, pick a flower and sniff its scent, or simply sit and watch what may flutter into view.  Enjoy and appreciate this special world we live in, knowing that if a tiny plant can perform such feats of adversity, imagine what we could do if we set our minds to it.


  1. I love this! Even though the morning was a bit chilly, upon reading I immediately went outside with my coffee and took a giant deep breath. It smells different in the morning. I forgot that. Thank you for the sweet reminder.

    • Thank you, Dina. Isn’t it funny how easy it is to loose sight of the simple pleasures? As always, I appreciate your kind words~XO~

  2. Great idea- to remind us how lucky we are!

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