September 01, 2016
How did this happen? How did the summer pass so quickly?
I have a friend who uses the term "full disclosure" to communicate, in all honesty, that she's not quite operating at full energy level ... or that she's stressed or tired or not feeling quite right. (If you're reading this, you know who you are.)
I'm borrowing my friend's excellent term to convey where "I'm at" right now, at the beginning of September, after a crazy, busy summer ... as I contemplate the "garden lessons" I learned this summer. The biggest lesson I learned is that I didn't spend enough quality time in my own garden. I wasn't present and mindful enough. And I don't want that to happen again.
It doesn't matter that most of the reasons I was too busy this season were my own choices (and they were all fabulous). It doesn't matter that this is not a huge problem in the grand scheme of the world.
So, full disclosure: I'm tired, I'm feeling overbooked, my garden is a mess, and the summer is almost over.
I hope to get back into the full swing of things with posting and visiting my favorite blogs during the next few weeks. In the meantime, I decided to spend a little contemplative time in the garden on one of the last days of this beautiful, wonderful summer in Southern Wisconsin ... and take it all in.
I'm captive-raising a few monarchs again this summer (more on that later). When I released this little beauty and she flew up into the trees, I wished her Godspeed.
She didn't stop to rest or nectar on the fresh flowers I offered her, but that's OK. Maybe she'll hang out in the garden for a few days before she heads toward Mexico.
One of the resident chipmunks found the sunflower seeds I accidentally spilled when I was refilling the bird feeders. Cutie pie.
The planter pots looked decent despite my neglect.
The fish didn't cooperate for a blur-free candid. But in the process of trying to capture them all in one "perfect" shot, I noticed the beauty of the trees reflected in the pond.
I noticed the late afternoon sun back-lighting the Fuchsias. Sigh.
Fewer Goldenrod Soldier Beetles have visited the garden this year, but this little guy was hanging out on the Zinnias.
Looking at this scene, I remembered the House Wrens who occupied the birdhouse early in the summer. Sweet memories.
Though photographed through a screen, this photo captured what I see out the dining-room window frequently throughout the day.
The Jewelweeds were blooming and seeding prolifically--it's easy to see why they attract hummingbirds.
I saw some new growth on the Lemon tree, which lived outside all summer and will go into the sun room again before the first frost. Maybe we'll have more fruits this year.
Blue Mistflowers and Ferns glowed as great companions--with a bumble bee hovering nearby.
Yellow Jackets don't belong here and they're mean. But something about this little guy on the Hydrangea leaves struck me as beautiful.
Simple things like these happen every day, whether I notice them or not. But when I do, it's a joyful, blessed day. I need to slow down and observe more.
How about you? What garden lessons did you learn this season?
To join in the "garden lessons learned" meme, simply write a post or share one you've already written about lessons you've learned during the past season. Then share your links or simple observations in the comments. I'll keep this post up for a few days, and it will be available always under the Lessons Learned tab at the top of this blog.
I'll share your "lessons" posts on the PlantPostings Facebook Page closer to the equinox. Happy autumn to friends in the Northern Hemisphere, and happy spring to those in the Southern Hemisphere!