The Cosmos in the Heart of a Flower~

When we look deeply into
the heart of a flower,
we see clouds, sunshine,
minerals, time, the earth,
and everything else in the cosmos in it
Thich Nhat Hanh
Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light
Theodore Roethke
Let life be a deep let-go. See [God/Spirit/All That Is] opening millions of flowers every day without forcing the buds.”
Bhagwan Shree Rayneesh
Gardens are poems, where you stroll with your hands in your pockets
Pierre-Albert Birot
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends
Kozu Kokakura
“To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy, than to attempt to fully understand.”
Henry T. Tuckerman
Cheers to you from Queen Elizabeth Gardens Vancouver BC~

156 thoughts on “The Cosmos in the Heart of a Flower~

      1. Dear Cindy,
        I’m thinking the fires have passed you by now.
        You must be happy to be home.
        The Holler looks so gorgeous.
        Hugs to you!!
        Canada is here whenever you want to visit!
        Resa xo

    1. I am just thrilled you can even see this post, since it along with about 15 hours of other people’s posts just were eliminated from my reader. I wonder if anyone is able to view this in their reader?

      1. Cindy: I had a problem like this. We to clear our cookies in order to get the Reader going. Let me get that instructions. Be back.

      2. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer, I really appreciate it!! I clear my cache and cookies every day. I will try switching my browser to firefox. In my reader I see almost 24 hours of missing blogger posts including my own. I wonder if anyone else sees this gap of missing posts in their readers also. It sounds maybe like you do not? Thank you so much again. It is very helpful!!! <3

  1. I just realized that I automatically smile whenever I notice that you have posted something new, Cindy. I know your photos and comments will touch my heart, and that is always what happens. Thank you for sharing such beauty!

  2. Queen Elizabeth Gardens is one of my favourites!!! Last weekend we were at Butchart Gardens after the Highland Games. And then three days ago, my computer had a meltdown so I’ve been computerless until now. It was a reminder for me that we are connected by wires and cables. Great to be back and visit your amazing blog! I’m so glad that you enjoyed our part of the world.

    1. I have been to Buchart several times. Never enough.
      What is it with you Canadians? You live in one of the most amazing natural unspoiled places on the planet, and you keep on making gardens?
      You Canadians rock. Big time.

      1. Oh yes! I have been exploring different parts of Stanley Park since I was a child. It is so wonderful. The aquarium is incredible and something I visited this trip. Enjoy the Highland Games!

    1. The landscape designers at this park are truly brilliant to have figured out the color juxtapositions and floral and tree placement. The flowering rhododenrum’s were magnificent~

  3. The words and the images are just magnificent, Cindy.Flower spirituality is something that speaks very deeply. Flowers have a spirituality of their own.

    1. I very much agree with you Don. It is remarkable how many famous male poets and writers and philosophers have written about flowers as such. Doesn’t fit negative male stereotypes at all does it?

  4. Oh Cindy ! What an oneiric floral series !!! Loved the title and all those beautiful and brilliant floral faces !!! Have a peaceful and creative week,my friend ! Love ♥ ,Doda 🙂 *

    1. Doesn’t that imagery of walking through gardens with your hand in pockets catch you? One observes and soaks it up and doesn’t want to alter a thing, like an art museum full of precious art.

  5. Great photos with wonderful quotes for illustration. Or was it the other way around. Only one thing was missing: the bugs, that I might add, are sometimes as colorful as the flowers. 🙂 –Curt

    1. Oh yes I love bugs, but there weren’t very many of them, possibly in summer, but I have never been bugged by bugs in coastal Canada……wow, you’ve got me alliterating Curt!

  6. Wonderful post! Please use “Follow Me” widget so that we could get email when you post a new post. It is in widgets on a dashboard. Best to you!

      1. Cindy, you misunderstood me. The widget will allow all your followers to receive emails every time you make a new post. It saves our time as we don’t need to go to your blog to see if you posted anything new..

      2. Oh okay! Thanks. I will look for it. I know you also can check the box to receive posts in your email of all the blogs you follow. You either check this and receive the posts or don’t so you won’t. There are multiple ways I guess, to do the same thing on wordpress. Thanks for the heads up~

  7. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you Cindy! Such deep rich lovely colour. And I love the quotes you chose to include! So many people seem stressed out now and this is a perfect antidote. Breathe in beauty, remember the endless breaths in and out of Mother Nature’s cycles of life. In a moment of watching a bee visit a flower our whole life can shift in subtle ways.

  8. Simply stunning! I love how you married your quotes with the absolute beauty of the flowers. I am a flower girl myself…my art…whatever that may be…usually evolves around flowers. Thank you! Blessitude 🙂

  9. Cheers back to you from the hinterlands of the Great Lakes, Cuz. It finally got up to 80deg here 🙂
    Looks like you’re enjoying Canada very much, and it’s such a varied and wonderful place to enjoy.
    Not much changing here except the yard…, we’re re-landscaping the entire house/property (with exception of a few major trees). Keep the pics coming, Cindy. They’re beautiful. Hugs.

  10. Loved it all Cindy. I’ve been to QE Gardens in Vancouver but not at this time of year, thanks for taking me there today too! I really loved the unique double daffodil with the salmon coloured centre. Can you imagine planting that many tulips? WOW

    1. I was struck by how creative the color juxtapositions were…..I wouldn’t have thought of pairing yellow and deep tulips for example. but res ipso loquitar. Stunning results~

      1. The yellow and purple is a very regal colour scheme,
        hence QE gardens. Thank you for introducing new terminology, I had to google ‘Res Ipso Loquitar’…love that! “Speaks for itself”! sure does.

  11. As always, Cindy beautiful photos.
    I am an admirer of Thich Nhat Hanh.
    After reading the caption from Kozu Kokaura I will have to visit Google.
    Flowers in joy or sadness any occasion.

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