"So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it's gratifying to have something you have done linger in people's memories." ~ John WilliamsGardens are ephemeral. Blooms come and go. The most ephemeral of blooms, like day lilies, last only one day. Some blooms, like spring bulbs, last for a very short while. Even roses, whose blooms last for quite some time, still seem to fade hauntingly fast, especially as winter looms on the horizon.
The garden changes through the year. Bulbs pop up, then back under. Annuals give one year's worth of pleasure. Even plantings, like roses, that may last for years, change with the seasons.
Vegetable grow and ripen. How fast they mature - from seed to bloom, produce, and seed again, in such a very short time. It becomes a daily ritual to check on the vegetable beds in order to pick the produce when ripe.
And the creatures that visit the garden are probably the most ephemeral of all. Butterflies seem to stay around for only a few minutes before fluttering off. Other bugs, like the firefly below, only live long enough to mate and lay eggs. The mayfly has one of the shortest lifespans, living only a few hours to a day, and is appropriately named - Ephemeroptera.
How to record all this? The garden changes daily. Hourly, actually. How would I remember what happened in the garden last year, last month, or even yesterday?
Someone suggested I keep a blog. I thought I'd try it. I'm not a journal keeper. Organization is not my strongest suit. But I can take a picture and write about my garden.
I didn't start this blog because I thought it would "linger in people's memories". It is, after all, just a rose garden blog.
I simply wanted to capture the garden's many ephemeral joys.
I'm joining GardenWalk GardenTalk for Word 4 Wednesday on ephemeral.