Gardens and a Beautiful Life: a Photojournal

Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

 

During the month of May and the first half of June, the weather blew into Ohio in hot gusts, dry enough to wither the normally green summer grass to a crispy brown. In evenings for weeks at a time, the sound outside on my street was not lawn mowers, but the puffs of rotary sprinklers. We had no rain for weeks. However, that all changed about two weeks ago, when the heavenly faucet turned back on.

In a week’s time, the grass is green, and the flowers bloom in profusion. Two years ago, I dug out and planted flowers along the deck in the back of our house — an improvement over the non-landscaped sparse grass (link back to how it looked before — wow, it’s changed!). And now, this third summer, the garden is filling in, lush and vibrant. Paradise, for me.

The past couple of days, in splashes of sunshine, I’ve taken my camera out with me into the yard to capture what I see…

My backyard gardens
The backyard gardens

“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly
Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly

“In all things in nature, there is something of the marvelous.” — Aristotle

Ruffled daisies in the garden, unfurling
Ruffled daisies in the garden, unfurling

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” — John Keats

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the feeder tonight
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the feeder tonight

“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant.” — Oscar de la Renta

Tall Garden Phlox (the color and fragrance!)
Tall Garden Phlox (the color and fragrance!)

“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” — Luis Barragan

The Gardens
The Gardens

One of my favorite quotes from Still Alice by Lisa Genova: “She liked being reminded of butterflies. She remembered being six or seven and crying over the fates of the butterflies in her yard after learning that they lived for only a few days. Her mother had comforted her and told her not to be sad for the butterflies, that just because their lives were short didn’t mean they were tragic. Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life. Alice liked remembering that.”
― Lisa Genova, Still Alice

Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly on echinacea
Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly on echinacea

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11 thoughts on “Gardens and a Beautiful Life: a Photojournal

    1. There is something about making the time to do things we love that makes the heart light and the days happy. Yes, great point, Stacey! Will try to continue to make time for things I love. 🙂 Thank you!

  1. I second Stacey’s comment–make time to do what you love!! Your white echinacea is lovely. I grow it in purple but have been looking for white or orange plants. When it comes to flowers, we are kindred spirits 🙂

    1. I think we must be! Echinacea tends to grow well here, and I’m delighted that this year the white plants I put in last year are taking off. I can’t remember the variety, but I hope you’re able to find one that loves your garden. Yes, doing the things we love even when we’re busy does something powerful for the soul, right? Thanks, Kim!

  2. Jennifer…your garden is gorgeous!! Many of your choices mirror my own…thou my garden is bit more crowded & chaotic LOL
    BTW hoping your first week at your new job is going well…and that you are enjoying it! Peace!!

    1. It is going well, and I’m enjoying it very much — thank you for thinking of it, Felicia! Crowded and chaotic still make for garden beauty. I’m sure it’s gorgeous. Thank you!

  3. Oh, your garden looks so lush! I find the same peace in my garden; this year in CA we are in a drought, and I’m trying hard to hang onto my plantings.

    1. Oh, I can’t imagine the droughts in CA this year. It must be hard to justify watering, but I hope substantial and sustainable rains return to you soon. Thank you, Jennifer!

    2. I live in Utah and never seem to have enough water for my garden. Sometimes I’ve used grey water (bathtub or kitchen sink water.) I use a bucket to tote the water around my yard–my plants don’t seem to mind the water isn’t fresh. Just an idea to help with the drought–you don’t want to lose any of your precious plants.

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