The Unexpected

Things associated with autumn:
  1. fallen leaves
  2. colder days
  3. longer nights
  4. rain and coulds
  5. plants dying back
  6. hot cocoa
  7. hearty meals shared with freinds
  8. turning inward, self-reflection
  9. feeling sleepy
  10. picking up crafts like knitting or drawing
  11. chickweed, cleavers coming back to life
  12. hayrides
  13. apple cider


Things you DO NOT associate with autumn:

  1. cherry blossoms
  2. rhododendrons blooming
  3. crocuses
  4. violets
  5. dalhias
  6. roses


And yet, all those plants are flowering right now!


Cherry blossoms? Really? How unexpected. I can’t help but feel a twinge of pity for these trees. Have them been so over-bred for blossoms that they have lost all their natural instinct? Are they feeling sad that no bees are visiting their beautiful, pollen-filled flowers? I once knew of a dog, a pure bred collie, that had his natural shedding times bred out of him. He got his winter coat in the summer and summer coat in the winter. No surprise that the dog was miserable. Why do we humans have to mess up nature, when it was perfectly fine to begin with? I wonder if the cherry blossom is that way, or if it is natural for them to bloom now.


And the dahlias. I understand that they keep on blooming into fall, but it still makes me feel a little down despite their generous beauty. You see, I planted my first dahlia this year and it never flowered. The same variety as the ones below. To think I could be seeing my dahlia bloom like that on my back porch stings a little. Oh well, I’ll try again next year.


I find it easier to see the death of autumn than the life that lingers here. But it’s there, and just because they are unexpected doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy their radiance and sunny disposition. In fact, why not see these flowers as inspiration? If they can bloom, I can, too, even if it isn’t technically the season.
Right now I am looking for a place to start my acupuncture practice. Portland has so many great neighborhoods and a sense of community wherever you go. A part of me wants to hold out for that perfect place, the space of my dreams (or at least entry-level dreams). What if it’s too narrow of a dream? What if it’s time to embrace the unexpected, to try a new location I never thought of before? I’m branching out in my search, we’ll see what happens.
All in all, I know that wherever I land will be a good place for me. I am not the type to settle for something not right or practical. And I know that I will find it, eventually.


About Celia

I live in Portland, OR in a orange stucco apartment building surrounded by wild gardens. I love plants, yoga, going for walks, the Oregon wilderness, photography, gardening, herbal tea and creating. My Etsy shop is KyraBotanica, where I sell handmade herbal tea and natural body care products and fragrances.

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