On the First day of Springtime, my true love gave to me
One beautiful surprise in a crocus bloom:
I had forgotten that I had planted these crocus, and when they sprang up, I was so thrilled! Almost beyond words, but not quite, as I quickly ran to my computer to blog about the excitement.
On the Second day of Summer, my true love gave to me
Two beady eyes hiding from me:
Bees and butterflies were becoming quite common to see in the garden, but this little lady was a complete and welcome surprise. She watched me as I watched her, with mutual respect.
On the Third day of blooming daisies, my true love gave to me
Three butterflies lined up in a row:
Butterflies were plentiful in the garden this past year. I loved seeing them. Who wouldn't?
On the Fourth day of May, my true love gave to me
Four rose blooms framing the view:
Ah, my favorite time of the past year. My garden was in its climax. A glorious time! I look forward to next year.
On the Fifth day the roses bloomed, my true love gave to me
Five petals on each Mutabilis bloom:
The catmint next to Mutabilis was a delight to me, and I began to fill the main rose bed with even more companion plantings. Next year there may be another favorite companion - there's always something to look forward to in the garden.
On the Sixth day the roses bloomed, my true love gave to me
Six blooms on Perle d'Or:
My roses are growing and filling in the main rose bed nicely. I hope next year it will be photo perfect!
On the Seventh month of the year, my true love gave to me
Seven trunks on the crepe myrtle tree (behind the bench):
Next year I'm going to actually sit on that bench and enjoy the view!
On the Eighth hydrangea bush to bloom, my true love gave to me
Eight tiny hydrangea blooms:
Hydrangeas are a sentimental favorite. Even without the sentimental attachment, I would love their old fashioned charm.
On the Ninth stroll down the walking garden, my true love gave to me
Nine white echinacea blooms:
I should have bought tons of these! I loved the touch of white in the garden. But mostly I loved the way the butterflies loved them!
On the Tenth type of bulb, my true love gave to me
Ten purple alliums:
I wanted some alliums, and these were the cheapest I could find. But the joy they brought was priceless.
On the Eleventh joy of springtime, my true love gave to me
I thought these were dead this past summer due to the drought, but they have sprung back up this fall. I've learned to leave 'dead' plants in the ground for a while. About half the time, they rise again!
On the Twelfth day of harvest my true love gave to me
Twelve crookneck squash:
Could anything be better than fresh vegetables from the garden? I think not!
These twelve gifts are just a small sampling of all my garden (my true love) gave to me this year. Because really, it gives me something every day! And I hope if you're a non-gardener I gave you the desire to become one! That would be the best gift of all.
Which gift of the garden (from mine or from yours, listed or not) do you like the best?