“And our own dear Monticello, where has nature spread so rich a mantle under the eye? mountains, forests, rocks rivers.
With what majesty do we there ride above the storms? How sublime to look down into the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain thunder, all fabricated at our feet?
And the glorious Sun, when rising as if out of a distant water, just gilding the tops of the mountains, and giving life to all nature?”
-Jefferson to Maria Cowsay, 1786 (Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello)
I’ve been thinking about this quote as I’ve been noticing the garden bursting forth in fresh green leaves and colorful blooms this spring. Every morning when I head out to walk around the garden something new is blooming and a new plant is emerging. Here’s the rich mantle of my garden this past week.
What a wonderful time of year indeed after the long dark dull months of winter here in the North.