As I took my camera out after dinnertime today, the daylight was fading...but it hung on for me. First I checked the lettuce I had planted a few weeks ago. It's growing well underneath the hoop house we have over one of the raised beds. I may spread a leaf mulch layer around it this weekend to keep it a little warmer at night. Truly, this is a little experiment for us.
The garden needs a good tidying up. I need to pull up the dead plants and throw them in the woods before the ground freezes. I have learned my lesson in previous years. And besides, cleaning the garden is kind of a ritual. It always has a nice feeling when it's cleaned out for the season. It's kind of like the feeling you get when you take down your Christmas decorations....you don't want to let go....but there is something so refreshing about the clean space.
The groomed raised beds lend themselves to this gardener's brain, much as I suppose a blank canvas would beckon to an artist's brush. It's a place to dream for the next season...a place to plot, and plan and map out.
I couldn't help but photograph the zinnias in all the different stages of the lifecycle.
I thought back to spring, when I planted rows of seeds in the two beds at the entrance to the garden. Zinnias are so forgiving when directly sown into the soil. A little TLC goes a long way. Honestly, I don't thin, and I pack in the seeds.
All summer I have enjoyed the colors, the textures....the gently unfurling petals that serve as a resting platform for bees and moths and hummingbirds.
And today, the feeling remained. Even as I photographed the brown leaves, the faded blooms, I couldn't help but think about the fact that these faded blooms were no longer beautiful to many. The imperfections somehow made them no longer needed or wanted.
I think about the curse society has placed on us to be enchanted with beauty and youth and to have disdain for imperfection or age.
Instead, we need to search for our own idea of beauty...
I choose to relish the vibrant,
yet thoroughly enjoy
After all, ON THE INSIDE, each of these flowers is the SAME!
Each has a seed that will someday give way to new life.
Another lesson learned....in the garden.
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Sorry I have been gone all week.
My husband was having chest pains. After many tests, it was discovered that he had 3 blockages. I am SO very grateful that they were found and fixed. It has been a scary few days. We have been blessed with a tomorrow.....