This has been a good summer. The hot days have stretched on and on and on. I’ve been wishing we had a porch and a rocking chair. On the weekends I have been getting my gardening jobs done before about 10am, and then it is time for a Sat Cap (Saturday Cappuccino) with Stevie. Then we retire to the sun-loungers in the shade. This is what summer is all about.
There was something about the colours today. Wherever we sat in the garden, everything looked good.
This is the first year that I have got my planting just right. There has been a succession of new things happening; the colour and texture combinations have worked; the borders have been balanced.
It might be starting to look a little yellowed here and there; a bit tired; but you’d expect that in August.
Everywhere I look, it’s beautiful.
The trees are beautiful.
The allotment is looking beautiful.
Heck, even the compost heap is looking…erm…
Is it the blue sky?
Whatever it is, it is good to get to this point. Three and a half years ago it looked like this:
Admittedly those photos are taken in early spring, but you get the picture.
We’ve come a long way. So I am just going to stretch out on this sun-lounger and enjoy the blue skies, and the trees, and the burnt grass, and the butterflies. Because this is summer, and I love it.
This garden was a haulage yard twenty years ago, and before that a farmyard. I have had to learn how to use a pickaxe in order to plant anything. There have been moments (scrabbling around in a hole, chipping away at an embedded brick, falling over backwards trying to pull it out) when I have wondered what on earth I was thinking. Today it is clear. It was worth it.
It will continue to evolve. Some years it won’t be so good. Some ideas will fail. Others with flourish. That’s life. But here and now, in the present, I’m bottling this moment.
Have you been enjoying a lazy summer? Can you think of a time when you have thought you’d never get there and then you realise you have? How do you hold on to those moments?
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My aim in this blog is to share the little pops of wonder I get from gardening and from nature. You don’t have to be into gardening to appreciate these. The world is an amazing place and there are so many sensory delights that go unnoticed. Let’s not waste the pleasure!