Home of the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox and other native plants for pollinators

Friday, August 27, 2010

it's easy to forget the all right when eyes see only the all wrong.

The sun was low in the sky as I ran out to water the Joe Pye weed I'd planted earlier this week. I noticed that the light on the garden was absolutely stunning. It shown through the trees and made the garden glow~The almost ready to burst into flower Aster tatarian looked like towering corn and the jumbled wildflowers still blooming, past blooming and ready to bloom was a loveliness I can't describe.
Some of the fading flowers of the Oakleaf hydrangea were pink and other looked like a rich autumn rust. So lovely and just as they are supposed to be on a late summer day.

It's too easy to forget the all right, when our eyes see only the all wrong.


When we open our eyes to the beauty that is not perfect, we can clearly see and appreciate that the golden light obscures the scars of a tough summer on the Heuchera "Mocha'.


We see arching seed heads of River Oats dancing in a gentle breeze....they remind that cool weather and rains will return.

This garden has withstood flooding rains, drought, gardener absence and benign neglect and still manages to provide food for birds, bees and other creatures....



and comfort for me.


Gail

37 comments:

  1. Oh this makes me so happy, dear Gail! I am glad you can see the beauty in the less than perfect. (But really, it IS perfect, and as it should be). Life is good, and the garden makes it even better.
    xxxooo
    Frances

    ReplyDelete
  2. You are so right, Gail. Sometimes beauty is in the changes happening right in front of our eyes.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Too right, Gail. beauty is everywhere, we just have to look.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Gail, You make an excellent point here. So often I find myself falling in the 'this is not right' or' how it could be' trap. There is so much beauty most everywhere ... it seems only fitting to celebrate it while making the changes we wish for. Always good to be reminded. ;>) Your garden looks lovely washed in the golden light you share with us. I love the bench photo especially.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nice posting, my way of saying something similar is "Never play to the one table that's not laughing. You will lose the rest of the crowd". Mr. I

    ReplyDelete
  6. Gail,
    The light is indeed beautiful! Excellent post!-- Randy

    ReplyDelete
  7. It's the small things for sure and you captured them purrrfectly!

    ReplyDelete
  8. So true - thank you for the reminder. I was feeling rather discouraged yesterday in this transition time between the heat of the summer and the fall blooms.

    ReplyDelete
  9. So, so true. I always see what need to be done not what's been done. Doesn't nature have a way about her?

    ReplyDelete
  10. Very true! I observe the negative stuff in the garden and think of how bad it looks when I should be paying more attention to what look good!

    ReplyDelete
  11. A deep and contented sigh from reading this. It's all about perspective isn't it? Thank you for reminding me.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Gail, your garden looks more than all right to me... particularly that gorgeous shot of the backlit oakleaf hydrangea flowers. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing. :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Your garden, as always, looks simply "all right" by me. Can't see a thing I'd change...as for the "all wrong", consider it wabi-sabi and embrace it. ♥

    ReplyDelete
  14. I am simply blown away by the profound wisdom of Mr I! So true and well put. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Amen Gail. This is one of the most valuable things I learned from my dear friend Meg. She saw beauty in everything. I see differently because of her.

    ReplyDelete
  16. You know, I come back to read this post a second time this morning because it is so beautiful and wise. Every now and then we need a gentle reminder like this.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Not just comfort for you, for all of us.

    There are so many gardeners striving for perfection, and not liking what they see when there is beauty all around us.

    We need to train our eyes to see what is there, not just the beauty of perfection.

    I love your garden, it's gorgeous.

    Jen

    ReplyDelete
  18. Truer words were never spoken Gail.
    There is much beauty out there, if only we would open our eyes to it.

    Don't you just think that nature is so amazing. With all that man has done to the planet......she still survives.

    Have a peaceful weekend....

    ReplyDelete
  19. Ok ok, I will stop whining. I don't have to like it. Your garden looks wonderful. I will go out and look into my garden to see what will make me smile. I know it is out there somewhere.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Perfect light, and I can seen the fall tones in it. After looking at your yellow and rust colored plants I am wondering if the light is what makes the fall foliage so lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great light, perfect words. Comfort for you looks so inviting. What a great spot for a bench at a beautiful time of day.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I am always astonished when I look at pictures of my garden in the middle of winter. My garden is beautiful but I can never see it at the time.

    ReplyDelete
  23. If the garden was all right all the time, wouldn't it be dull? The galls on the roses, the whitefly on the sorrel, aphids on the peppers, and deer ravaged raspberries all make my garden life interesting :P Your garden seems to be doing a fine job providing enough rights to balance out the very few imperfections. :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Another great post to remind us to see the beauty of life itself. Life meaning ours as well as natures. Mother nature provides beauty all around her for all to see but some of us only see the polished part. But we need to look further & see the beauty of it all.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Gail, Oh, how I wish I had read this this morning before I went to work in the garden. I think I would have had a totally different perspective and not focused so much on just what has to be done. Seeing your garden through your lens and with the sunlight beaming on it, everything looks perfect--even the wilted Heuchera leaves look beautiful!

    Cooler temperatures this week certainly have made gardening more enjoyable, but we desperately need rain--I spent quite a bit of time this morning doing some Zen watering:)

    ReplyDelete
  26. Dear Gail,
    You've captured that peaceful light and your garden that time of day so perfectly. It is lovely and amazing after such a tough summer. But that's what a native, wildflower garden is all about. Surviving the conditions. It is a joy to see in any light. Thanks for sharing it so freely.
    Meems

    ReplyDelete
  27. Comfort for the gardener, ah yes. Especially if we can get past all the imperfections and see the beauty at face value. I've been noticing the shadows and softer lighting recently too. 'Tis the changing of the seasons, once again. But I refuse to say the F word yet. I just can't. :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Isn't the light wonderful this time of year? Love the fading oakleaf hydrangea petals and the sea oats and everything else. A good reminder to focus on what we love in the garden, not plans not yet fulfilled or weeds not yet pulled, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  29. You are so wise. I'm trying to find the beauty in imperfection, but I still find myself deadleafing.

    ReplyDelete
  30. What a beautiful perspective you share. Often as my Honey-man and I walk our lovely gardens I tend to see the imperfections, remarking aloud that we "need to do this" or we "need to do that". He tends to temper me and reminds me to look for the beauty in those lovely gardens. Thank you for your wise words!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Gail, it's been painfully hot and dry here all month and there's a lot of unhappy plants smacking me in the face. You remind me that there are also a lot of lovelies tugging gently at my sleeve!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Aw yes, Gail! Your garden provides all the joy a garden should. A lovely post for both eye and soul.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oh so true, Gail. Thanks for the reminder. I catch myself pointing out all the flaws in my garden when anyone sees it, when I should just say thank you graciously. It has been so hot I don't tarry in the garden long to see all that is happening, but I am looking forward to cooler days coming soon when I can get out and rediscover the garden.

    ReplyDelete
  34. What a perspective - you always have such a way of looking at things. Thank you for reminding us to stop and smell the roses in our garden.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I am so glad I clicked on this link from The Home Garden! Since one of the things I blog about is the goodness of weeds, I tend to not mind a few in my garden, but like so many gardeners, I usually see all that has to be done, rather than just enjoy! Life is beautiful, and nature is GOOD!

    ReplyDelete

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.


LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails