Thursday, September 18, 2008

Moments of Simple Joy - the garden

The evenings are cooler these days. Surely, autumn will arrive in the near future. I'd like to say the same for rain. It's been dry here.

I have recently transplanted a dozen or more Rose of Sharon bushes. In the absence of rain, I've been out with the hose. I start with the transplants, noting which continue to look wilted and which have begun to adapt to their new home.

From there I move to the vegetable garden. Much has passed - partly due to the season, and partly due to my neglect, as I adapt to the new schedule that the school year brings. I make note of the tomatoes that are ready for harvest. A few of the cherry varieties end up in my mouth. Beans and pumpkins are also begging my attention.

Finally, the herb garden. Midsummer bee balm have lost their red blossoms, as have the yellow gladiolas. Yet, as I water, I am reminded why this is my favorite of the gardens. I close my eyes and breathe... deeply. As I inhale, the aromas surround me: Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Lavender.

There, I stand... and just breathe. Eventually, I must leave. One last deep breath. Until I return to the Simple Joy of the garden.

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