Life is perfect only rarely and briefly, and gardens are the same.
-- Sydney Eddison
If I am to keep my sanity I have to let go of perfectionism. I've said that before, but of all the lessons the garden has taught me, this is the hardest for me to accept. I haven't gardened since last Bloom Day due to a debilitating illness with 4 days in the hospital. This morning, I walked (wobbled) around my garden and was horrified at its look of neglect: Japanese stilt grass, dead blooms and foliage, Japanese stilt grass, broken shrubs, mounds of leaves, Japanese stilt grass, and perennials that need dividing. Oh, and did I mention the Japanese stilt grass? And to make matters worse -- I know I have missed several weeks of lovely weather!
So what to do? I readied the camera, took a deep breath, and looked for beauty. And I found beauty in abundance, as will see from the following pictures ....
|The corn in the lower field is ready for cutting.|
|The Yarrow 'Autumn Joy' has turned a yummy caramel brown.|
|The crabapple tree is loaded with berries.|
|Tall Verbena blossoms are even more abundant.|
|Foxgloves and Yarrow 'The Pearl' are everywhere.|
|Shasta Daisy is smiling again.|
|A breathtaking last flush of roses.|
|Lavendar and Phlox are a surprise.|
|Miniature white rose is full of pretty blooms.|
|This is begonia is one of several planters in the stone garden still blooming.|
|A glorious mass of Zinnia and globe amaranth.|
|Petunias, purple fountain grass, and bacoba continue to flourish in my 5 window boxes.|
|I love the change in color on the Vibernum|
The first picture on this posting is of our top field and is the view from my kitchen window. Yes, I am truly blessed to live with such beauty! So while I wish my garden was free from flaws, I will try very hard to accept its imperfections and focus on all its loveliness. I resolve to let go of perfectionism!
Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
-- Annette Funicello
I'm linking with Carole at May Dreams Gardens for everyone's favorite meme, Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Sorry no botanical names on my photos today and no touch-ups.
Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
|The shade garden looking messy.|
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