"I must have flowers, always, and always."
It dawned calm and overcast this morning. With a mix of rain clouds and smoke hazing the sky from wildfires, it smelled like wet campfire early on. Thankfully, now it smells sweet and feels refreshing. A bubble of joy rises in my heart as I take a quick stroll around the garden. The heat wave that came through a few weeks ago stunted many of our plants, burning off buds, but they are at last recovering and filling our days with much happiness.
As August gets underway, I'm delighted to give you a peek at what's blooming in the garden, mostly in the backyard, a place that is a never ending work in progress.
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind."
" In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.
"In summer, the song sings itself."
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
Before I close, here is a bit about the novel I'm currently reading. I'm sharing because it's a perfect fit with today's garden theme. In her latest book The Last Garden in England, author Julia Kelly writes a tale about five women who are connected by a certain garden that 'blooms a secret' and ties them together over the decades.
While relaxing in your own garden, time travel to overgrown pathways with Emma Lovell as she undertakes the arduous job of restoring this neglected garden to its former glory and uncovers old secrets long buried and forgotten. So far, I am about a fifth way into the book - it's a gentle read with mysteries that keep me turning the page but don't have me biting my nails in suspense. A most agreeable summertime read.
" 'Everything gardeners do is intentional. We create order out of nature.
If she called this Celeste's garden, there was a reason,' she said. "
JULIA KELLY, The Last Garden of England
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Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.
Photos from my garden, Summer 2021