In the summer garden

J has a small but lovely “wild” garden in the sense that it doesn’t look too structured, pruned or staged and things have room to grow and breathe. At this time of the year, flowers seem to take turns to blossom, so that there is something new to see each day.

This week, its the hydrangeas and the thistles that are catching my attention as they transition from one state to another.

The hydrangeas are at that stage where some flowers have opened out, whilst others are still tiny tight buds. Today, some of the tiny buds have popped open revealing small purple petals and lots of stamens, reaching for the sunlight.

The thistles transition from a bristly, prickly ball to an oval of soft, minuscule flowers, each one a masterpiece in its own right, but also part of a delightful whole.

I’m learning to pay attention to the changes in these flowers each day and I’m full of wonder by what I find when I look closely. Although I know this subconsciously, I realise that I’m never too old to be amazed by nature, and what I can learn from her.

Do you have similar insights? With love from the summer garden,

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