A glance out the window on this day in late summer would lead one to believe that the flower gardens have given up the fight. The weather forecast for the past two weeks: 90 degrees and no rain in sight. The weather forecast for the forseeable future: 90 degrees and no rain in sight. No wonder every living thing out there looks a bit like it is gasping for it's last breath.
As is often the case with my garden, it had a lesson to teach. For while I was out watering this morning I couldn't help but notice that upon closer inspection there is still a lot of beauty to be found outside my window. Not only that but there is a bit of L-O-V-E tucked in here and there. Like, for instance, this heart shaped sedum flower (above).
At first glance the zinnia plants look very sad. The foliage is mostly brown and crispy. This little yellow butterfly didn't seem to mind and with a bit of photo cropping who needs to know ;).
In fact, I'm still able to cut bouquets. This one went to work with me one day. After I set it next to my purse I felt a picture was in order as I thought they looked so happy together.
The American Beautyberry is indeed beautiful right now.
This pretty butterfly doesn't mind that there are only 2 blooms left on the pincushion flower.
And speaking of butterflies ~ the butterfly bush is still going strong.
There seems to be a lot of purple love happening around here :).
I even discovered some purple shamrocks popping up in the herb garden.
Love shows up in unexpected ways sometimes.
Last fall, after my mom passed away, we went to Tennessee to attend a memorial service at her church. We also visited my parent's house for the last time. As we stood in the backyard, a flood of memories washed over me. This would be our last visit to the home that my parents retired to. This was the place where we came on vacation every year, the place where many happy family memories were made. As I stood there I thought how hard it would be to close this chapter of my life ... I thought if only I could keep a little piece of this place with me forever. Right then I looked down and noticed these 2 rocks shaped like hearts. I knew instantly that there was a reason they were there. Though my parents reside in heaven now, they will always be my parents ~ watching over me and sending love my way.
The Mom's Garden stone was given to me by my boys for my birthday one year. I thought it was a sweet gift for two teenaged boys to pick out. When I look at it surrounded by my special heart shaped rocks, I feel loved. So, you see ... there really is love to be found in this late summer garden.
I hope you are feeling loved today.