In a garden
The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer God’s heart in the garden
Than anywhere else on earth
— Dorothy Gurney
I don’t know what it is about Canada, whether it’s the climate or the eagerness for warm weather or the souls of its people, but I see many of the most beautiful gardens in the world in that country. Lucky USA, to have such talented gardeners as next-door neighbors!
It may help that our neighbors to the north are spared the blistering heat that most of our states experience. By this time of the summer, some of our blooms have already faded in the withering temperatures. Fortunately, they are replaced by others that will keep things colorful until well into autumn. In Virginia, I’ve had begonias blooming as late as December.
What’s blooming in your neck of the woods right now? Which flowers are “on deck” for late summer and fall?
Whether you are a gifted gardener whose efforts bless everyone around you, or just an amateur such as I, tickled pink over every bloom that survives my blundering attempts, I hope you have lots of flowers to enjoy this year. Here’s to the talented neighbors and friends, as well as local parks, nurseries and greenhouses, who fill our summers with color!