The days move forward, the years march on, and children grow up. I can't put these precious moments into a time capsule, and the clock can never be turned back, but the lesson that gardening teaches is that tomorrow comes again, and each day or season brings the gifts of our past efforts to fruition. With patience, and love, all the hard work and perseverance of the past turns into the pleasures of the future, and history lives on.
Garden Flashback #1: The Sun Perennial Border has been tweaked many times, with different plants being swapped in/out, and the 1st photo is a bland sea of green. Fast-forward three years, and the color, texture and contrast of the border is a big step ahead. The border has now been expanded to allow for 3 full rows of plants, and the chartreuse Sedum 'Angelina' makes all the difference in the world.
Garden Flashback #2: The Mailbox Garden was planted 2 years ago to replace a weedy neglected section of the garden, and to take advantage of the limited amount of sunny spots on our property. I wanted butterflies and a joyful trip to check the mail each day, and definitely I got that with this new garden addition. The bare earth has flourished.
As I walk through my garden, I'm coming to terms with the fact that my garden is maturing, and that the days of thrilling shopping adventures at local Nurseries may be coming to a close. I am running out of space, the garden will be all growed up at some point in the not-so-distant future. Alas, when one chapter ends, a new chapter can then begin. It just may be time to start another garden, and somehow a seed has been planted in my head, and I'm exploring the possibility of purchasing a vacation getaway (with land) in the rural Shenandoah Valley. Oh what I could do, to start anew...