Yesterday was a great day to be in the garden and clean up some more beds. Garden maintenance has been an ongoing affair this entire winter season. This reprieve from the rain, wind, snow and chilly temperatures allowed me to work with the earth, the plants and the soil critters. I also found this leaf. What’s so special about this leaf?
This is the decomposing leaf of Magnolia ‘Ann’, a small flowering tree. The part of the leaf that is most exposed are the veins. This intricate network of plant venation transport nutrients and water to the cells of the leaves and also transport the food made in the leaves to the rest of the plant.
Can you imagine how this venation can inspire the artist within? Lacemakers and various artists would be captivated by its details and patterns. Every aspect of the plant cycle is inspiring. At every layer of its being, there is great beauty and connection to the whole plant and to the Earth. It works the same with us. At the very core of our being, there is a sanctity and beauty that connects us to every part of our being and our world.