As July 2022 is moving along, I noticed that my little flower garden areas are unique this year.
They are a bit messy with more height than I am used to.
I like the height and messy feel – not what I expected – but it sure has its own beauty. And I needed this change and marvel at the natural kind of clumpy and wild feel.
The unruly flowers reminded me of life! Sometimes life is unpredictable, clumpy, and messy – but each day still has much beauty to behold.
The snapdragons I bought this year are a “rocket mix” and I didn’t realize some would reach 48 inches!
Last winter, I bought some “mystery bulb packs” (from holland) on a major clearance sale at a local store. I think the overstock related to the pandemic pause and backups.
It has been fun seeing what comes up from the mystery bulb packs – like this surprise dahlia:
This is also why there is a wild and clumpy feel to the garden. Bulbs were tossed into a container and covered with soil. Then we waited to see what unfolded.
Maybe a few containers are over crowded but it is all good. It is a little annoying (at times) but We can go for a different look next year!
It has rained on and off the last few days. Providing time for light reflection while coming and going.
The Sunday-stills theme this week is
so I took some photos to share with Terri and that challenge.
In closing, this next photo shows the first Rose of Sharon bloom for 2022.
My neighbor’s Rose of Sharon shrubs have many blooms right now.
However, I had to cut mine back twice this year (years ago I had some shrubs that grew too tall – they then became leggy and had branches split). Cutting back the shrubs delays the blooms but offers better health in the long run.
I am sure we all got that life analogy, right? Sometimes it feels like setbacks keep cutting us back – but they can lead to better health in the long run.
Pruning has much value!
So let’s keep this in mind as we face challenges and setbacks- we can’t bloom all the time and there are times we need to pause and maybe recover from the pruning or life lesson!