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Hylotelephium telephioides (Allegheny Stonecrop)

Hylotelephium telephioides (Allegheny Stonecrop), formerly known as Sedum telephioides, is a succulent with a short rootstock that produces…


Were Adam & Eve meant to live in the Garden of Eden.

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First one: lets say adam and eve never ate the forbidden fruit, were they meant to live in the Garden of Eden forever and never leave?

and the second is: why did God name His garden the Garden of Eden? did God even name it?

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First one: lets say adam and eve never ate the forbidden fruit, were they meant to live in the Garden of Eden forever and never leave?

and the second is: why did God name His garden the Garden of Eden? did God even name it?

2.) Eden, in Hebrew means Paradise
"You were in Eden, the garden of God. " Ezekiel 28:13

If there is an actual Name for the Garden we dont know it.

"And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:14

I beleive The Garden is where the spirit waits untill the end. Thats just me though. Like the waitng room of the Chosen. Not anything i would make a doctrine on. just a thought.

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2.) Eden, in Hebrew means Paradise
"You were in Eden, the garden of God. " Ezekiel 28:13

If there is an actual Name for the Garden we dont know it.

"And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:14

I beleive The Garden is where the spirit waits untill the end. Thats just me though. Like the waitng room of the Chosen. Not anything i would make a doctrine on. just a thought.

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yes odly enough Paradise, is Persian(ancient Persain, old Iranian language Avestan,) noun pairidaēza-, which means: "a wall enclosed garden or orchard,"

So Adam was in the Garden of Garden, or Paradise of Paradise, or even, . Wall enclosed Garden, of Wall enclosed Garden.

Which is kinda cool That The Holy of Holies, The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the God of GODS,

. put Adam in the Garden of Gardens.

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"Be there young Earth creationists here?"

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I think you just ignored all of my questions about the implications of two people populating the planet. It actually would have been impossible, not just difficult, to populate the world with only two humans. Even if it were possible, we still have the problem of incest being considered one thing (although we still don't know how allforihs knows this), and against the Law. And then God changing His perfect Law to make incest mean something else. What's up with that?

Exactly. So was incest OK up until Leviticus was written, and then suddenly God changed His mind and the Law? That it was or was not against the Law is beside the point. Humanity's gene pool would have, stagnated, festered, and died long ago if incest (inbreeding) was the way we populated the planet. Humanity has flourished, in fact, so incest (inbreeding) must not have been the way we did it. Which begs the question, were there other people besides Adam and Eve to begin with?

The answer should be obvious.

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"I think you just ignored all of my questions about the implications of two people populating the planet. It actually would have been impossible, not just difficult, to populate the world with only two humans".

*Why? Exactly why? What specificlly makes it impossible?

"Even if it were possible, we still have the problem of incest being considered one thing. "

*Being considered WHAT 'one thing'?

"(although we still don't know how allforihs knows this), and against the Law."

*Against WHAT LAW? Laid down as Law WHEN??

"And then God changing His perfect Law to make incest mean something else."

*When did God change His perfect Law? The 10 Commandments & Levitical Law was not even given until the time Moses had led Israel out of Egypt. What are you talking about? What chronology are you running on? What 'Perfect Law' are you talking about?

"Exactly. So was incest OK up until Leviticus was written, and then suddenly God changed His mind and the Law?"

*Define what you mean by incest because it is a broad subject interpreted differently by diffeent societies at differing times.

"That it was or was not against the Law is beside the point."

*So it has gone from being a major point to being beside the point?

"Humanity's gene pool would have, stagnated, festered, and died long ago if incest (inbreeding) was the way we populated the planet."

*Pure assumption on your part, not drawn from science or medical fact. The 'gene pool' did not have the mutations present at later ages so was more pure without defects showing up.

"Humanity has flourished, in fact, so incest (inbreeding) must not have been the way we did it."

*Another wild assumption not based on verifiable scientific fact.

"Which begs the question, were there other people besides Adam and Eve to begin with?"

*The only one who can answer that is God, and according to His Word and historical record given to mankind, no there were not. Adam lived 930 years before he died, quite a bit of time to have offspring, each of which married and had offspring, each of which married and had offspring, and so it was and is to this day. It's exponetial multiplication.


Dudleyas: California's Native Succulent Gems

This article is an introduction to Dudleyas, a genus of succulents native to California and the surrounding states and Mexico, that is a wonderful group of plants for landscaping and for pot culture.

(Editor's Note: This article was originally published on May 14, 2009. Your comments are welcome, but please be aware that authors of previously published articles may not be able to promptly respond to new questions or comments.)

Dudleya is a large genus of about 40 species, many of which are native to California and northern Mexico. Only a handful are common in cultivation and many are on the endangered species list. A few can only be found on some of the islands off the California coast.

At one time Dudleyas were included in the Echeveria genus, and one can certainly see why as some species are a bit hard to tell from Echeverias. All Dudleyas are rosette-forming succulents, like the Echeverias, and many are similarly colored. Most Dudleyas are silvery grey, have very delicate leaves that are either flattened or tubular and tend to form stems over time. Most of the flat, thick-leaved forms grow as solitary rosettes while the tubular-leaved species form dense, suckering colonies. The flowers differ somewhat from Echeveria flowers and that is probably the primary reason they are in their own genus now. Dudleya flowers arise from somewhere near the bottom of the rosettes normally (rarely from the rosette center as most Echeveria flowers do). Also, Dudleya flowers are characteristically covered with leaves that are spread out along the peduncle up to the flower, another non-Echeveria-like trait. Most Dudleyas flower in late winter to early spring, and flower colors range from white, to yellow to bright red.

a few Echeverias from my yard: Echeveria colorata, 'Black Prince' and 'Imbricata' (below)

Echeveria-like Dudleya cymosa (photo Ally_UT) non-Echeveria-like Dudleya densiflora

Dudleya sp. that has some Echeveria-like qualities (left or above). Dudleya sp. in my yard showing exposed stem (some Echeverias next to them)- right or below

I n general these are long-lived plants with proper care they can survive up to 100 years (hence their common name: Live-Forever). Dudleyas are wonderfully adapted to the southern California climate, which is wet in winter and dry in summer (generally the opposite of how Echeverias prefer things, but Echeverias are obviously quite hardy and most do well in southern California anyway). In other words, Dudleyas are winter growers, often being dormant in summers. In fact, watering some Dudleyas in the summer can simply kill them, allowing them to rot from overgrowth of Alternaria (a fungus). Some species do not have roots that are able to absorb moisture well in the high heat, so water simply rots the roots. Additionally Dudleyas can rot from the crown, or rosette on down, particularly if water is left sitting on the delicate leaves (some are more sensitive than others). For this reason the general recommendation when watering Dudleyas is to either avoid getting water on the leaves, or plant them at angles so the water runs off. In nature, many species grow naturally on cliff faces and steep slopes so water cannot sit on these plants.

Dudleyas grow well in pots and make excellent outdoor specimens in Mediterranean climates. They can be tough to grow indoors as low-light situations are stressful for them and make them etiolate and prone to mealybug infestation and rot. Potting soil should be very well-draining many growers amend available soils with sharp sand and pumice to insure good drainage.

This Dudleya virens in a plant show is perfectly happy as a potted plant

Primary health problems include mealybug infestations, particularly on shade-grown plants, fungal rot (especially on improperly watered plants in hot weather) and snail and slug predation (my personal garden nemeses). Weather extremes are also problems, particularly the farther one grows these from the coast. Blistering summer heat and freezing temperatures are very hard on most Dudleyas, though some species are native to more inland locales, and these ones are well adapted to these more extreme climates. But it is mostly summer heat that makes these plants look less than ornamental all year round. The good thing is they, for the most part, seem to tolerate looking like they're going to die, and rebound as soon as the winter rains start.

The following is an incomplete list of Dudleyas, but ones which I have photos or access to photos of:

Dudleya abramsii: The common name for this southern California and Baja native is Abram's Liveforever (Liveforever is a common name for many species of Dudleya). This is a very small, pale plant that doesn't look like much, even in good times of the year. So of course this is not one of the more popular species in cultivation.

Dudleya abramsii blooming in June in a botanical garden in Southern California

Dudleya albiflora : This is a small, pale-leaved species from Baja California that is also quite rare in cultivation

plant growing in Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

Dudleya anomala : this is yet another rarely grown species from Baja California that tends to form low-growing colonies (only several inches tall) of closely packed, tubular, pale green-leaved plants.

another Santa Barbara Botanical gardens plant

Dudleya attenuata: this native to southern California and Baja, though still pretty rare in cultivation, is at least available now and then. It is another tubular, pale-leaved species that grows in tight clumps.

Dudleya attenuata in the ground in early summer, southern California (left) and in cultivation (right) (right photo Xenomorf)

Dudleya anthonyi : I have a seedling of this Mexican species (Baja California) and it is a nice-looking plant with red flowers. Older plants get large and chalky white and a solitary with wide-leaf rosettes, making them difficult sometimes to distinguish from Dudleya brittonii. So far that is not a problem in my garden.

Dudleya anthonyi in my yard looking a bit green (lack of direct sun all day)- left more typical plant from Santa Barabra Botanical Gardens on right

Dudleya anthonyi flowers on my plant in spring

Dudleya brittonii: In my opinion, this is the best of all the Dudleyas, with its nearly pure white leaves and large rosettes (note- there are bright green forms as well, but these are less popular in the nursery trade). It is both an excellent garden as well as pot specimen plant. This plant eventually grows a stem up to two feet tall thickly covered with a skirt made of hundreds of old dead leaves. Flowers are a bright yellow though the pink-red flower stems are even more spectacular than the flowers themselves. Old plants often have many dozens of dried old flower stalks radiating from the living rosette. This is nearly always a solitary species. Dudleya brittonii is another Baja California species.

Dudleya brittoniis in the landscape in Southern California

show plant showing nice white coloration (left) maturing outdoor plant (right)

very old potted plant with about an 18" stem (left) green form of Dudleya brittonii (right)

Dudleya caespitosa (aka Sand Lettuce, Bluff Lettuce or Coastal Dudleya): This is a thick-leaved suckering species from coastal California, including some of the islands off the southern coast. Flowers are pale to bright yellow and leaves are a chalky blue-white, to a pale green, and even sometimes reddish in severe stress.

Dudleya caespitosa in the landscape. note variation in color

Dudleya caespitosa in my yard

unusual form of Dudleya caespitosa (and gorgeous) called Frank Reinelt

Dudleya campanulata: this is a rare species native to coastal Baja and an island or two off its coast. It is a small, pale-leaved species that grows in sparse clumps

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden plant in summer

Dudleya candelabrum : aka Candleholder Live-forever, this is another rarely grown species native to the northern Channel Islans off of south-central California. It is a slow-growing light green, flat-leaved plant with candleabra-like flowers (flower shape not really unique among Dudleyas, though).

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden plant

Dudleya cultrata: very rare species from Baja and images for this vary quite a bit on the internet. Plants I have seen a small, pale green colonies, but some photos show a large, whitish plant on a stalk. Below is a photo from the Botanical Gardens in Santa Barbara

Dudleya cymosa : this plant, called Canyon Live-forever, is a native to central and northern coastal California, as well as southern Oregon. It is a highly variable species. Most plants are somewhat solitary and have short, triangualr flat leaves.

Dudleya cymosa in the wild (San Francisco area) left photo by promethean_spar Right is different looking plant in cultivation ( photo by Ally_UT )

Dudleya densiflora : this is an extremely rare and endangered species, native to right near where I live in Southern California. It's common name is the San Gabriel Mountains Live-forever. It is a somewhat solitary plant with long, tubular leaves that can sometimes curve and look somewhat snake-like.

Dudleya densiflora and flower close up from Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens in early summer

Dudleya densiflora photos from botanical gardens, southern California

Dudleya edulis (aka Fingertips Live-forever): This is not common in cultivation and it is not a particularly attractive plant. However, I have one and it looks nice with its rubbery, tubular pale-green leaves growing out of the red lava rock in the front yard. It is a densely suckering species. Flowers are yellow. Dudleya edulis are native to coastal California down to northern Baja California.

My Dudleya edulis in winter, flowering in late spring

My own plant in early fall in blistering heat showing how bad Dudleyas can look the wrong time of year- this is NORMAL, though! (left) right shows Dudleya edulis in all its flowering glory in Santa Barbara Botanical gardens in early summer (perfect climate for these plants)

Dudleya formosa: this is a relatively newly described species from Baja California that is a small-growing, dull-green, flat-leaved species then tends to form very low-growing colonies.

Dudleya farinosa colony and flowers, early summer, southern California

Dudleya gnoma : this is one of my favorite species- it is one of the most diminutive of the Dudleyas and forms very ornamental clumps of tiny white rosettes. It's common name is aptly Munchkin Live-forever. The plant, Dudleya 'White Sprite' is possibly the same thing (sure looks the same to me). This is another native to Southern California.

Dudleya 'White Sprite' in Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens (left or above) my blooming Dudleya gnoma (right or below) in spring

Dudleya greenii : Some consider Dudleya greenii to be a synonym of Dudleya gnoma, but I list it here separately since it is not clear to me, and the plants to look different (these ones are green and much larger than D gnoma). This plant is native to southern California around the Santa Barbara area (which is where the photo below was taken)

Dudleya guadalupensis: This is a Mexican (Baja California and Guadalupe Island) species and one of the greener Dudleyas. It suckers but has fairly flattened leaves. Flowers are pale to bright yellow.

Dudleya guadalupensis in southern Californnia

Dudleya guadalupensis in plant show

Dudleya ingens: This plant, sometimes called the Baja Live-forever, is a questionable plant and could be some interediate hybrid or form of another species. But until that is cleared up, it is found as Dudleya ingens in several botanical gardens. It is a solitary pale-green-leaved plant with lanceolote leaves, somewhat similar to Dudleya lanceolata (only from a different area of California)

Dudleya ingens and flower, southern California

Dudleya lanceolata: The Lanceleaf Live-forever is a native of southern California and Baja, too. It is a solitary species with very fleshy, tender, lance-like, dull-green leaves (a snail's delight).

Dudleya lanceolata in cultivation (left) and in the wild ( right photo by Kelli)

Dudleya pachyphytum : aka Cedros Island Live-forever is a native of that island off the coast of Baja California. This is one of the most sought after and over collected species of all the Dudleyas thanks to its wonderful, fat chalkly leaves and ornamental appeal. It is one of the few Dudleyas that may rival Dudleya brittonii for the most striking and ornamental of the Dudleya species. However, it is a delicate species, used to growing in fog-bathed cliffs where the temperatures do not vary that much. Trying to grow this outdoors in Southern California, particularly in inland, hotter climates may not always be met with success, and plants look sad, pale and not-so ormanmental, at least in summers.

plants in cultivation in southern California (in plant shows)

Dudleya pachyphytum as protected, cultivated plant (left) and outdoors in summer in southern California (right)

Dudleya palmeri: Palmer's Live-forever is a native of south-central California around Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, found along the coast and cliffs. It has striking tall inflorescences with deep red to bright yellow flowers in late spring to early summer. Even its beefy midsummer inflorescences are covered wtih a dense powdery layer.

Dudleya palmeri photos from the Santa Barbara Botanical gardens in summer

Dudleya pulverulenta (aka Chalk Dudleya): at first glance it can be hard to tell this large, solitary species from Dudleya brittonii if plants are immature as it, too, has a very chalky, almost white dusting on its wide, pointed leaves. However, it has much thinner leaves and really crinkles up in the hot weather, while Dudleya brittonii looks pretty great all year round. This plant is commonly seen along the cliff faces in southern California, even inland to some degree. This is one of the most popular species of Dudleya and is quite commonly available in cultivation.

Dudleya pulverulentas in botanical gardens

Dudleya pulverulenta in nature, and in nursery for sale

Dudleya traskiae: This endangered southern California species is called the Santa Barbara Live-forever and is native to Santa Barbara Island, one of the Channel Islands off its coast. It is a solitary to closely suckering species with flattish, pale blue to chalky green leaves.

Dudleya traskiae for sale in Southern California

Dudleya virens: this is another aggressively suckering species with green to chalky- blue fingers and pale yellow flowers. There are three distinct subspecies of this plant, all native to the islands off of southern California. I have this in my garden and it's a very easy plant, and though it looks sad in full sun summer heat, it tends to deal with it better than most other species.

Dudley virens subspecies hassei in southern California

Dudleya virens ssp hassei in my garden (left or above) and in Botanical Garden (right or below)

Dudleya virens ssp insularis (left or above) and Dudleya virens ssp virens (right or below)

Dudleya viscida:this species is a San Diego and inland native who's common name is the Sticky Live-forever. I don't find its leaves particularly sticky, but perhaps it is at other times of the year. This is a densely growing colony forming species with thin, tubular leaves.

in Santa Barbara county botanical gardens

Dudleya x semiteres:this is a natural occuring hybrid of Dudleya attenuata and either brittonii or candida and has excellent ornamental appeal, having a lot of red-pink leaf coloration at certain times of the year (hotter and drier).

Santa Barbara botanical gardens, early summer


The Secret Garden

Chapter XX. "I Shall Live Forever--and Ever--And Ever!"

But they were obliged to wait more than a week because first there came some very windy days and then Colin was threatened with a cold, which two things happening one after the other would no doubt have thrown him into a rage but that there was so much careful and mysterious planning to do and almost every day Dickon came in, if only for a few minutes, to talk about what was happening on the moor and in the lanes and hedges and on the borders of streams. The things he had to tell about otters' and badgers' and water-rats' houses, not to mention birds' nests and field-mice and their burrows, were enough to make you almost tremble with excitement when you heard all the intimate details from an animal charmer and realized with what thrilling eagerness and anxiety the whole busy underworld was working.

"They're same as us," said Dickon, "only they have to build their homes every year. An' it keeps 'em so busy they fair scuffle to get 'em done."

The most absorbing thing, however, was the preparations to be made before Colin could be transported with sufficient secrecy to the garden. No one must see the chair-carriage and Dickon and Mary after they turned a certain corner of the shrubbery and entered upon the walk outside the ivied walls. As each day passed, Colin had become more and more fixed in his feeling that the mystery surrounding the garden was one of its greatest charms. Nothing must spoil that. No one must ever suspect that they had a secret. People must think that he was simply going out with Mary and Dickon because he liked them and did not object to their looking at him. They had long and quite delightful talks about their route. They would go up this path and down that one and cross the other and go round among the fountain flower-beds as if they were looking at the "bedding-out plants" the head gardener, Mr. Roach, had been having arranged. That would seem such a rational thing to do that no one would think it at all mysterious. They would turn into the shrubbery walks and lose themselves until they came to the long walls. It was almost as serious and elaborately thought out as the plans of march made by geat generals in time of war.

Rumors of the new and curious things which were occurring in the invalid's apartments had of course filtered through the servants' hall into the stable yards and out among the gardeners, but notwithstanding this, Mr. Roach was startled one day when he received orders from Master Colin's room to the effect that he must report himself in the apartment no outsider had ever seen, as the invalid himself desired to speak to him.

"Well, well," he said to himself as he hurriedly changed his coat, "what's to do now? His Royal Highness that wasn't to be looked at calling up a man he's never set eyes on."

Mr. Roach was not without curiosity. He had never caught even a glimpse of the boy and had heard a dozen exaggerated stories about his uncanny looks and ways and his insane tempers. The thing he had heard oftenest was that he might die at any moment and there had been numerous fanciful descriptions of a humped back and helpless limbs, given by people who had never seen him.

"Things are changing in this house, Mr. Roach," said Mrs. Medlock, as she led him up the back staircase to the corridor on to which opened the hitherto mysterious chamber.

"Let's hope they're changing for the better, Mrs. Medlock," he answered.

"They couldn't well change for the worse," she continued "and queer as it all is there's them as finds their duties made a lot easier to stand up under. Don't you be surprised, Mr. Roach, if you find yourself in the middle of a menagerie and Martha Sowerby's Dickon more at home than you or me could ever be."

There really was a sort of Magic about Dickon, as Mary always privately believed. When Mr. Roach heard his name he smiled quite leniently.

"He'd be at home in Buckingham Palace or at the bottom of a coal mine," he said. "And yet it's not impudence, either. He's just fine, is that lad."

It was perhaps well he had been prepared or he might have been startled. When the bedroom door was opened a large crow, which seemed quite at home perched on the high back of a carven chair, announced the entrance of a visitor by saying "Caw--Caw" quite loudly. In spite of Mrs. Medlock's warning, Mr. Roach only just escaped being sufficiently undignified to jump backward.

The young Rajah was neither in bed nor on his sofa. He was sitting in an armchair and a young lamb was standing by him shaking its tail in feeding-lamb fashion as Dickon knelt giving it milk from its bottle. A squirrel was perched on Dickon's bent back attentively nibbling a nut. The little girl from India was sitting on a big footstool looking on.

"Here is Mr. Roach, Master Colin," said Mrs. Medlock.

The young Rajah turned and looked his servitor over--at least that was what the head gardener felt happened.

"Oh, you are Roach, are you?" he said. "I sent for you to give you some very important orders."

"Very good, sir," answered Roach, wondering if he was to receive instructions to fell all the oaks in the park or to transform the orchards into water-gardens.

"I am going out in my chair this afternoon," said Colin. "If the fresh air agrees with me I may go out every day. When I go, none of the gardeners are to be anywhere near the Long Walk by the garden walls. No one is to be there. I shall go out about two o'clock and everyone must keep away until I send word that they may go back to their work."

"Very good, sir," replied Mr. Roach, much relieved to hear that the oaks might remain and that the orchards were safe. "Mary," said Colin, turning to her, "what is that thing you say in India when you have finished talking and want people to go?"

"You say, `You have my permission to go,'" answered Mary.

"You have my permission to go, Roach," he said. "But, remember, this is very important."

"Caw--Caw!" remarked the crow hoarsely but not impolitely.

"Very good, sir. Thank you, sir," said Mr. Roach, and Mrs. Medlock took him out of the room.

Outside in the corridor, being a rather good-natured man, he smiled until he almost laughed.

"My word!" he said, "he's got a fine lordly way with him, hasn't he? You'd think he was a whole Royal Family rolled into one--Prince Consort and all.".

"Eh!" protested Mrs. Medlock, "we've had to let him trample all over every one of us ever since he had feet and he thinks that's what folks was born for."

"Perhaps he'll grow out of it, if he lives," suggested Mr. Roach.

"Well, there's one thing pretty sure," said Mrs. Medlock. "If he does live and that Indian child stays here I'll warrant she teaches him that the whole orange does not belong to him, as Susan Sowerby says. And he'll be likely to find out the size of his own quarter."

Inside the room Colin was leaning back on his cushions.

"It's all safe now," he said. "And this afternoon I shall see it--this afternoon I shall be in it!"

Dickon went back to the garden with his creatures and Mary stayed with Colin. She did not think he looked tired but he was very quiet before their lunch came and he was quiet while they were eating it. She wondered why and asked him about it.

"What big eyes you've got, Colin," she said. "When you are thinking they get as big as saucers. What are you thinking about now?"

"I can't help thinking about what it will look like," he answered.

"The springtime," he said. "I was thinking that I've really never seen it before. I scarcely ever went out and when I did go I never looked at it. I didn't even think about it."

"I never saw it in India because there wasn't any," said Mary.

Shut in and morbid as his life had been, Colin had more imagination than she had and at least he had spent a good deal of time looking at wonderful books and pictures.

"That morning when you ran in and said `It's come! It's come!, you made me feel quite queer. It sounded as if things were coming with a great procession and big bursts and wafts of music. I've a picture like it in one of my books--crowds of lovely people and children with garlands and branches with blossoms on them, everyone laughing and dancing and crowding and playing on pipes. That was why I said, `Perhaps we shall hear golden trumpets' and told you to throw open the window."

"How funny!" said Mary. "That's really just what it feels like. And if all the flowers and leaves and green things and birds and wild creatures danced past at once, what a crowd it would be! I'm sure they'd dance and sing and flute and that would be the wafts of music."

They both laughed but it was not because the idea was laughable but because they both so liked it.

A little later the nurse made Colin ready. She noticed that instead of lying like a log while his clothes were put on he sat up and made some efforts to help himself, and he talked and laughed with Mary all the time.

"This is one of his good days, sir," she said to Dr. Craven, who dropped in to inspect him. "He's in such good spirits that it makes him stronger."

"I'll call in again later in the afternoon, after he has come in," said Dr. Craven. "I must see how the going out agrees with him. I wish," in a very low voice, "that he would let you go with him."

"I'd rather give up the case this moment, sir, than even stay here while it's suggested," answered the nurse. With sudden firmness.

"I hadn't really decided to suggest it," said the doctor, with his slight nervousness. "We'll try the experiment. Dickon's a lad I'd trust with a new-born child."

The strongest footman in the house carried Colin down stairs and put him in his wheeled chair near which Dickon waited outside. After the manservant had arranged his rugs and cushions the Rajah waved his hand to him and to the nurse.

"You have my permission to go," he said, and they both disappeared quickly and it must be confessed giggled when they were safely inside the house.

Dickon began to push the wheeled chair slowly and steadily. Mistress Mary walked beside it and Colin leaned back and lifted his face to the sky. The arch of it looked very high and the small snowy clouds seemed like white birds floating on outspread wings below its crystal blueness. The wind swept in soft big breaths down from the moor and was strange with a wild clear scented sweetness. Colin kept lifting his thin chest to draw it in, and his big eyes looked as if it were they which were listening--listening, instead of his ears.

"There are so many sounds of singing and humming and calling out," he said. "What is that scent the puffs of wind bring?"

"It's gorse on th' moor that's openin' out," answered Dickon. "Eh! th' bees are at it wonderful today."

Not a human creature was to be caught sight of in the paths they took. In fact every gardener or gardener's lad had been witched away. But they wound in and out among the shrubbery and out and round the fountain beds, following their carefully planned route for the mere mysterious pleasure of it. But when at last they turned into the Long Walk by the ivied walls the excited sense of an approaching thrill made them, for some curious reason they could not have explained, begin to speak in whispers.

"This is it," breathed Mary. "This is where I used to walk up and down and wonder and wonder." "Is it?" cried Colin, and his eyes began to search the ivy with eager curiousness. "But I can see nothing," he whispered. "There is no door."

"That's what I thought," said Mary.

Then there was a lovely breathless silence and the chair wheeled on.

"That is the garden where Ben Weatherstaff works," said Mary.

A few yards more and Mary whispered again.

"This is where the robin flew over the wall," she said.

"Is it?" cried Colin. "Oh! I wish he'd come again!"

"And that," said Mary with solemn delight, pointing under a big lilac bush, "is where he perched on the little heap of earth and showed me the key."

"Where? Where? There?" he cried, and his eyes were as big as the wolf's in Red Riding-Hood, when Red Riding-Hood felt called upon to remark on them. Dickon stood still and the wheeled chair stopped.

"And this," said Mary, stepping on to the bed close to the ivy, "is where I went to talk to him when he chirped at me from the top of the wall. And this is the ivy the wind blew back," and she took hold of the hanging green curtain.

"Oh! is it--is it!" gasped Colin.

"And here is the handle, and here is the door. Dickon push him in--push him in quickly!"

And Dickon did it with one strong, steady, splendid push.

But Colin had actually dropped back against his cushions, even though he gasped with delight, and he had covered his eyes with his hands and held them there shutting out everything until they were inside and the chair stopped as if by magic and the door was closed. Not till then did he take them away and look round and round and round as Dickon and Mary had done. And over walls and earth and trees and swinging sprays and tendrils the fair green veil of tender little leaves had crept, and in the grass under the trees and the gray urns in the alcoves and here and there everywhere were touches or splashes of gold and purple and white and the trees were showing pink and snow above his head and there were fluttering of wings and faint sweet pipes and humming and scents and scents. And the sun fell warm upon his face like a hand with a lovely touch. And in wonder Mary and Dickon stood and stared at him. He looked so strange and different because a pink glow of color had actually crept all over him--ivory face and neck and hands and all.

"I shall get well! I shall get well!" he cried out. "Mary! Dickon! I shall get well! And I shall live forever and ever and ever!"


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