Breath Of Ecology

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Now that the beautiful yellow and white jonquils that have decorated my garden for several weeks are disappearing, those daisies seem to be impatiently awaiting their turn to show off, as their leaves are already a few inches high.


Year after year both the jonquils and daisies faithfully return without my having to plant them.


The daisies are the ones with which we are most familiar - white leaves and yellow center - which are multiplying so rapidly in the U.S. they are now being considered an invasive weed, unfortunately.


The daisy family actually includes chrysanthemums, asters, sunflowers, dandelions, and zinnias, and as faithful as their white and yellow cousins, the zinnias reappear every spring from the seeds dropped at the end of the previous summer.


How nice it is to have the tasks of weeding and watering only, with no planting necessary, and long after the jonquils and daisies disappear, those colorful zinnias continue to flourish until the fall. 


Adding to the beauty of the zinnias are the various butterflies they attract, providing art in motion to my garden.


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.

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