Amid the trials
“How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.” — Benjamin Disraeli
We’ve now owned our York home nearly ten years, longer than we have ever owned any property. Among the many features of the home I’ve treasured, the azalea garden in our back yard is a favorite. Countless times that little triangle of ground has brought me joy, consolation, or gratitude for its beauty.
Year in and year out, through good times and bad, it’s been there for us to plant, transplant, weed, prune, clean up, photograph, stroll around and generally enjoy. Pasha is buried in the corner by the fence, surrounded by evergreen shrubs and flowers.
This photo was taken from our deck, but our bedroom windows also have a nice view of the garden. There are camellias, dogwoods, rhododendron, peonies and other plants, but it’s unquestionably the azaleas that dominate in the spring and fall. Their steadfast presence decorates our lives and feeds our spirits, and I’m so happy we have not had to move away and leave them.
What features of your own home or garden do you most enjoy?
One year ago today: