Darwin’s barberry in flower with grape hyacinths

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 122 : 7,8
The bright yellow/almost orangey flowering Berberis Darwinii is growing in a mixed low hedge around the pond. It is full of spikes.

Some people are like thorns/spikes . But you have to let them be thorns, because thorns can’t turn into petals. The trick is not letting them prick you ; never let a thorn prick you.

C. JoyBell C.

And/or 🙃

If you don’t feel the pointed things in life, you will soon take the soft ones for granted.

John Everson
The grape hyacinth with its bright blue bunches is a spring bulb that multiplies and grows anywhere its small bulb finds itself. These were also near the pond.
I went out to pick the flowers early this morning and then after weeding for a good while I noticed some of the berberis buds had opened with the warmth of the sun. Here they are.

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