"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~ Ellen Goodman
I have not started the fall assessment of the garden yet. Plants are still dying from the heat and drought that have overtaken most of Texas this year. The potential of the garden has been impossible for me to imagine.
But since we received that little 1/2" of rain (and one night of lower temperatures), my garden reminded me that there still beauty, and a glimmer of its full potential. The potential it had if only this year had been a wee bit cooler, with a bit of rain. I was truly amazed how good the garden looked after just a little bit of relief.
'Peace' looks peaceful.
Even 'Frontier Twirl', surrounded by Boltonia and artemisia, is happy. Which is amazing - Frontier Twirl is hardly ever happy in my garden!
'America' just needed an excuse to bloom.
'Lady Hillingdon' looks lovely.
'Tamora' is tickled.
We are back up to triple digit heat, but this has reminded me of the garden's potential, and what might have been. And what still may be.
No wonder the gardener's favorite saying is "There's always next year!"