Just last week, I had the pleasure of taking a peaceful walk through the garden center. It was morning, before our gates had opened, and I was taken by the peaceful feeling that came over me as I took the time to enjoy the bounty of nature that surrounded me.
On this overcast morning, I was struck by how much brighter all the flowers seemed to be. And I was reminded that now, as much of our work in the garden has been completed, is the time to enjoy the fruits of our labors.
And as with any living thing, there is always something that can be done, always something to do. I found much joy in finding a way to let go of all that needed to be done and to simply enjoy the garden that was.
On my stroll, I noticed how colorful many of our edible plants (above and below) are, making them a delicious and attractive addition to your garden.
One of our recent arrivals caught my eye. Tall, slender with dark foliage and a delicate and stunning flower, this Hibiscus plant (below) is the one that tea is made from.
In addition to the gorgeous plants that were flowering, I also noticed those that were in various stages of bloom. Doing so provided for moments of reflection and amazement at just how beautiful a garden is.
Each week when new plant shipments arrive, I always have the dilemma of not being able to put all of the beautiful new plants in the front where they are quickly and easily seen. Erica (above) is an example of a plant I treasure for its delicate beauty and it is just one of the countless treasures to be found when you stroll our entire plant section.
Seeing beyond what is present right in front of you often enhances the experience of feeling a garden. My eye immediately met the splendor of this magnificent red rose (above) in bloom on a trellis and then was taken by the vistas beyond and through the trellis.
Kangaroo Paws (above and below) is a fascinating plant that has become very popular. Upon close examination, you’ll see how different this plant really is.
Gardens aren’t just all about flowers. Shrubs and trees have their place and purpose, too. I was taken by the delicate foliage and variety of colors on many a shrub and tree (below).
Tree leaves can add another dimension of intrigue to a garden as exemplified by this example below. The dark stem provides a nice contrast to the soft green leaf that is surrounded by a white border.
I encourage all of us to take time to stroll through your garden and see what’s growing and what unexpected pleasures you might find.