Soft morning sunlight
and the first rose of Spring.
Freshly potted herbs…
and finding more ladybugs in the garden. Hopefully, they will help get rid of the bad bugs there.
A solitary blue pansy in a bed of mint,
and more seeds to plant.
(love my sweet little bluebird couple)
and wildflowers to enjoy.
A sweet garden whimsy made by a friend.
and redbud trees.
A mysterious moth
and busy bees.
I’m so thankful for the simple joys in life…for the beauty of creation, and for all the “wise and wonderful” things awaiting us if only we take the time to notice.
And last of all, but by no means least, a small bunch of freshly picked lacinato kale to add to the bean soup that is simmering on the stove.
Simple and delicious!
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley ~
Spring has arrived early here in the Gulf South, filling my garden with renewed life and vigor.
The Eastern bluebirds have been searching for a place to nest, and are a delightful sight to behold with their bright blue feathers and rust colored breasts.
The only other blue in my garden to rival the beauty of the bluebird’s plumage is the bloom of the borage plant. This herb’s lovely flowers are the bluest of blue, and it just makes me happy every time I see it.
Richly colored snapdragons add beauty to a bed of kale,
and dewdrops glisten on the buds and blossoms of the saucer magnolia.
This magnolia was a Valentine’s gift from my husband many years ago and is always the first to bloom each year.
Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.
~ Margaret Elizabeth Sangster ~
There are petunias at the front door
and in the back garden…
while sweet little violas add beauty and color throughout the garden, as well.
The sorbet variety with its rich, jewel toned colors is one of my favorites.
The ‘salad’ containers of mixed lettuces and herbs are thriving,
as well as the wheelbarrow planter,
and the azaleas have already started to bloom!
The mustard greens are flourishing and I have been enjoying lots of lacinato kale which is in its second year.
It has been so warm that the cape plumbago, which usually dies in the winter, is still alive and well.
My garden is a haven which I enjoy for much of the year, and I agree wholeheartedly with the quote below from a well-known fellow gardener…
~ Ruth Stout ~
The summer heat and humidity is reluctantly giving way to slightly cooler temps here in the Gulf South, and the garden is slowly coming to life again.
There are morning glories on the arbor,
and the Confederate Rose has just started blooming.
It is white when it first blooms, then slowly turns to a lovely pink color by the end of the day.
The garden is alive with bees
Lots of butterflies…
Giant black swallowtails
long-tailed skippers…so beautiful, although their larvae do eat legume foliage…
the sweet little sulphurs
and new (to me) butterflies I’ve never seen before.
Ah, September…you’re almost gone, but you leave us with gifts of beauty and the promise of Autumn joys to come.
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.
Helen Hunt Jackson ~ September