"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." A.Holmes

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Dewdrop Delights

"Gamma, what's dis?" Little 'J' was fascinated and excited by the dew drops in the Lady's Mantle we have growing all over our property. I told him they were dew-drops. "Shrewshrops?" Although he did not master the pronunciation of the word, his excitement and delight over dew-drops did not cease.He carefully emptied each little dew-filled leaf he encountered. We have a lot of Lady's Mantle around here, so Little 'J' had a very good time. "Earth's liquid jewelry, wrought of air." Philip James Bailey on dewdrops "The leaves of Lady's Mantle are like shallow pleated cups. The soft hairs make water form droplets that roll around on the leaves." About.com ~ I have always thought the dew-drops in Lady's Mantle look like diamonds when the sun shines on them. In the morning there are tiny dew-drops all around the edges of the leaves, making the whole leaf appear sparkly and jeweled. "Lady's Mantle ( named for the Virgin Mary ) is an old-fashioned flower still popular today for it's fuzzy, cupped leaves that hold water droplets after a rain." About.com ~ Little'J's delight over something so simple, yet amazingly beautiful ,makes me happy to be part of his life and also reminded me of the simple joys we forget to appreciate as we get older.Raindrops, dew-drops, miracles of God's creation. ~"The dew-bead. Gem of earth and sky begotten." ~George Eliot
"Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants." Deuteronomy 32:2

14 comments:

Denise said...

I love your post.It was beautiful to read.Thank you for visiting me.I may be a city girl and you a country girl but we still have alot in common.I so enjoy visiting you and will come back soon.Blessings to you and yours. Denise

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

How adorable! I love this aspect of lady's mantle (and nasturtiums & lotus). It makes them completely magical. :)

Pondside said...

What a privilege it is to be part of the lives of our grandchildren. These moments in your garden, at your tea table, or just chatting with you will make up a big part of the fabric of their lives forever.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

What a sweetie! It is so nice how you both enjoyed the beauty of nature that day.

Have a wonderful weekend, and God bless!

Kathy M.

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for your visit. This is very sweet, nothing like being with and talking with the little ones who are just getting so talkative..love that! :D

Dolores said...

The wonderful blessings that God has given us..... precious grandchildren and nature.......can't get any better than that!

I love reading about the different plants that grow in our big world.... I'm not familiar with Lady's Mantle, but it sure is pretty, and I love that it collects the dew.

Your post are always a blessing!
Hugs,

goatpod2 said...

Good quotes, verse, and pictures!

Blessings,

Amy

Mildred said...

Hi Kathy, Little J is certainly growing! Many years ago, I grew Lady's Mantle and loved to walk through the garden early in the morning and see the sun shining on the droplets of water on the leaves. Precious times shared with your grandson - priceless!

Daisy said...

Isn't it amazing how kids will often notice things like this that we walk past every day without seeing them or appreciating them. Children give us back much of the wonder we sometimes lose as we get older.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Hi Kathy, wonderful photos and loved the Bible verses; so appropriate! Hope you're settling in after your visit with the other grands. What a gift to travel, what a blessing to be home.

LindaSueBuhl said...

When you share the experiences with and of your grandchildren - it gives those of us without children a special treat - what joy on Little J's face - and thank you for the eyes to see it all - I like wearing a Kathy lens

Deanna said...

he's such a cutie!
it is really sweet when the little ones are so excited about everything. love this!

God bless,
d

Lady Jane said...

I will definately get some Lady's Mantle for my garden aft reading your post. I did not know that it was named after the Virgin Mary. that cemented it... I am gonna get some today.... Hugs Lady Jane

Karen said...

I loved your post today, Kathy. Isn't it fun to slow down and look at God's creation through the eyes of little ones!