I have had a busy couple of weeks. I have been adjusting to working full-time, leaving the house at 7am and getting home at 5.30pm.
By the time I get home, I am ready to re-connect with the garden.
I need to re-charge with green energy.
Plants are bursting upwards and outwards with the excitement of life.
There is an unstoppable momentum. They cannot be contained.
New leaves have a wonderful translucence. They are conduits of light.
The evening sunlight emphasises their unique textures and shapes.
I think my favourite foliage is the intersectional peony. It combines fullness and curvaceousness with precision and grace.
Here are the poppy buds, about to burst their britches. I love the insouciance of poppies. They don’t bother to shave their legs.
Whilst I was admiring the poppies, I noticed that the lupin bud behind is a triplet. It is one of nature’s happy little accidents.
This tulip, ‘Avignon Parrot’, has been incredible this year. It has enormous flowers, as big as two hands spread. Last year they were so heavy that they snapped off in high winds. This year, the rose ‘Young Lycidas’ has grown enough to provide shelter. ‘Avignon Parrot’ has been in flower for a good three weeks.
They really do have marvellous swirls.
The bright coral colour shines out across the rose garden. Even when the tulips are playing ‘hide-and-seek’.
It picks up the reddish tinge of the rose foliage.
Every day there is a new surprise. Yesterday it was Centaurea ‘Purple Heart’.
Today my little treat was Aquilegia ‘Hensol’s Harebell’.
Common names for aquilegia are ‘columbine’ or ‘granny’s bonnet’. But my favourite is ‘dove-flower’. Each flower looks like five doves with their heads together and their wings behind.
After five minutes in the garden I have re-charged and re-energised. There is so much to be grateful for. So many little miracles unfolding before me. Energy bursting upwards and outwards, exploding out of buds. Light shining out of stems and leaves. An infinite variety of shapes and textures.
The Mindful Gardener appreciates the simple things in life. Light, raindrops, dewdrops, sunbeams. The grace of an arching stem. The wrinkle on a rose petal.
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