I've been spending a lot of time in the garden this year. We had a few pretty large products that we undertook which are now mostly finished. It's been fun for the past few weeks just to nurse those projects along and see what happens. In the past, I've always been a fickle gardener, quick to plant a few items in the spring in pots, or hanging baskets, whatever, but lacking the attention span to see it through. Often I didn't even read the planting instructions in my haste, which as you would imagine, yielded pretty spotty results.
This year I've been hanging in there a little better. I'm still struggling a bit with two hanging baskets I bought which require a little too much water for my taste. But, I've been watching, reevaluating, even moving a few plants to spots that suit them better.
One positive part, is that I've begun to find beauty I never noticed before. I needed to deadhead my bee balm today, and while I was clipping off the spent flower heads, I noticed they were every bit as beautiful as the showy flowers that preceded them. And the oregano blossoms which made the plant look plain messy looked pretty nice in the squat crock I picked up last summer at the thrift store. Smelled pretty good to boot.