The internet has been very provoking today. (Not in my blog-reading, but elsewhere.) However, I am determined to promote what I love rather than engaging with what I hate. And so today I am going to simply show you snapshots of my beloved garden. Please excuse the very poor picture quality, I don't have a particularly good camera; also, its battery was running low.
At this point of summer (technically autumn, but the heat remains the same) all of these flowers are doing miraculously well considering the strain it must be for them.
I put a couple of bulbs in the dirt with a faint dream of distant springtime. In less than a week, they were flowering.
I found this flower this morning. I'd been wondering what its leafy, robust plant was going to produce. This was a delightful surprise.
This much-loved bush is hanging on valiantly, but is far from its original glory.
These are my favourites.
Last surviving violets. The garden was previously a carpet of multi-coloured violets, pansies, hearts-ease, so I've been really treasuring those that have made it through the drought.
Even the alyssum has struggled. I no longer harvest it for placing in tiny vases in my bedroom, as I want to give it the best chance for regaining its strength.
New growth ...
There is more, but my camera's battery ran out completely. I never imagined gardening would bring such happiness. Maybe everyone should be encouraged to care for a bit of earth, maybe that would change hearts and change the world.
On a related note, I am reading Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel and highly recommend it. Also, Antoinette has begun a new series on herbs and it's beautiful reading.