Luminous life

White flowers offer us luminous, glowing life in a garden.

collage of white

They bring a cooling refreshment to my soul. Many years ago I read about moon gardens – gardens to delight by moonlight.

Mountain laurel

I have planted many white and light colored flowers to capture the glow as the summer night settles in. Like moonlight itself, there is a kind of comfort from their glow in the dark; fragile beauty lighting the night.oakleaf hydrangeaI’ve also learned that some plants only give out their fragrance in the dark hours.

Sometimes the fragrance of love can seem most fragile and exquisite in dark hours too. Even as a long distance watchman, I could hear it, sense the beauty and the fragrance, hear the heart cry  as another beloved family member slipped from the darkness of this life into brilliance – luminous, glowing beauty beyond our knowing.

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, 

And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.          Psalm 36: 7-9 NKJV


6 thoughts on “Luminous life

  1. Cathy

    Elaine, your eulogy to your loved one is touching and the white garden is quite fitting as a remembrance of the life to come. I have a few white flowers in my garden, but would love more, so I must keep this in mind when I shop for new plants. What is the one with the stamens?

    1. Elaine Post author

      Cathy, I’m sorry to be so long in replying to your kind note. I believe you are referring to the last photo. That is a tradescantia or spiderwort. I’m not sure of the specific one but it might be ‘Innocence’. The common variety I remember from my childhood, which you may have seen on a garden tour, are blue.

        1. Elaine Post author

          Mountain Laurel, Cathy. Like many plants they are toxic but are used medicinally by Native Americans. I’ve always loved the buds and flowers.

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