The colours seem to intensify in autumn. When the sky is blue, it is intensely blue.
When the sun is shining, there is clarity: a crispness; definition.
The trees are drawing in, gathering themselves, pulling resources in to their core.
They don’t have to leave us with this gorgeous display, but they do. They give it for free, and it is up to us whether we notice.
We think of autumn as being misty, and sometimes it is. When the mists clear, we appreciate what we see.
There are so many shapes and textures in this border, I get a bit lost in them. I have to focus on one area,
and then another,
before I can pull it all together.
There is complexity and subtlety in the colours too. I love the mountain ash’s ombre of russet, vermillion, gold and green.
And the burst of deepest purple from Salvia ‘Amistad’. Purple isn’t a colour I associate with autumn, but looks fabulous against the sunset tones.
Some trees have lost their leaves already, and so we get different views across the garden. I am enjoying our neighbour’s copper beech, seen through the bare branches of our amelanchier.
I can choose where to focus my gaze: on the foreground, or in the distance. Right now I’m enjoying the fiery peony foliage with the purple Salvia x jamensis ‘Nachtvlinder’.
There are a few plants to be divided, some weeds to be pulled, some bulbs to plant.
Once I get started it is a pleasure. One thing leads to another.
This is the best kind of gardening. Pottering in the sunshine, and then standing back with a cup of tea in my hand, to just drink it in.
Being outdoors, pottering in the garden, listening to the birds, noticing colours and textures and patterns, enjoying a cup of tea… These are all forms of self-care. They are nurturing for my soul. They help to recharge my batteries so that I can manage my life in other areas. Self-care brings clarity. I am refreshed, and can see things more clearly.
What do you do for your own self-care?
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Life is full of burdens, and it’s good to have a little space in the day to recharge, and be in a positive space. That’s my intention with this blog.