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HITTING PAUSE

It happens every year

About this time.

After months of puttering

In my garden

I know exactly the things

I want to change.

Things I want to dig up

And move around

Or give away.

I have a running list

In my head

And another on paper.

I have a list of people

Who want certain plants

And another list of those wonderful souls

Who will take anything.

I’m excited to dig in.

Except…

It is still August.

Much like mid March.

You can do a lot of damage

This time of year.

So I’ve hit pause.

I’ve cleaned the garden house.

Ordered bulbs

And more bulbs.

Deadheaded

And, of course, there are weeds.

Sometimes it’s best just to stop

Perhaps sit

And wait

For the right moment in time

To come to you.

Gail

“Adapt the pace of nature – her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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RE-ENTRY

They say that first impressions are important.

Hopefully as a culture we’ve evolved to giving ourselves

More than a few seconds to get to know each other.

But the first impression of a garden

Can draw you in.

Ever since John built this lovely arbor

Over the back gate

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I have loved the entrance

To our back yard.

How it beckons you

To reveal “the rest of the story”.

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But over the past few year.

It’s gone through some pretty severe changes.

You may recall that we lost

This charming old Mimosa tree

A few years ago.

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It still hurts my heart to think about it.

It created a canopy for the entry

And shade for the plants just inside the back gate.

Which means I had a glorious bed of some of my favorites.

Hydrangeas and Caladiums.

With Impatiens dotted in.

And a part-time home for lettuce.

In summer Hydrangea, Caladium and Impatiens spill onto the sidewalk.

But when the tree was gone.

This once shady haven

Began to bake in the noon day sun.

 

We have planted a replacement Cherry tree.

Buying the biggest one we could find.

Even taking out the fence to get it in.

But it will be years before it creates

The kind of shade we had known.

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So the Hydrangeas have been transplanted

To a cooler home

And replaced with Dwarf Crepe Myrtle

The Caladiums and Impatiens have gone missing

Replaced with an old friend I haven’t used in years.

Heliotrope.

It’s spinach-like leaves provide a backdrop

For the deep purple blooms.

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Mixed in between

Is orange and yellow Lantana.

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So my cool bed

Is now a hot spot.

Both in temperature

And color.

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Change.

I seldom invite it

But once I embrace it

I grow

Just like my garden.

Gail

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Lots of Dahlias coming soon.

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ZINNIAS

Getting a perennial garden

To bloom all season

Can be challenging.

Many around here

Simply throw in the towel

In late summer.

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Photo credit Dave Meara

Years ago

I accidentally discovered

How to have plenty of blooms

As summer turns to fall.

Like most things

It’s all about the timing.

And the right plants.

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I think it truly was an accident

Or maybe I just didn’t get around to

Planting my Zinnia seeds.

Until late June.

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The result was delightful.

Lots of smiling faces

Blooming at me

When most things have

Come and gone.

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Then there’s the bonus fact

That butterflies love Zinnias

So by having them around

During the butterfly migration.

I get my share

Or maybe more of butterflies.

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I know it’s a moth, but I like it!

Zinnias are a simple flower

One almost everyone knows

They are not exotic

They are not overly flashy.

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They are like that old friend

You talk to after months

Of not seeing each other.

And you slip right back

Into your comfortable place.

Flowers and friend

Have a lot in common.

Gail

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