Sharing a little glimpse of my garden that makes me happy.
Wishing you a very peaceful day.
Once again this year, I’ll be sharing little glimpses of our gardens. Although so much is growing all the time, there is always a little moment every week that makes me smile extra wide and this is what I want to share with you.
Until now (or rather the last few years), I never fully appreciated what went into growing a plant. Back when we were tending to our small little community garden plot, we used to just drive to the garden centers, pick what we needed and plant it. It was quick, it was simple, it was predictable and safe. But the more we discovered a passion for gardening, the more we started growing our plants from seed. It has been several years of trial and error, but we are finally at a point where about 90 % of all we grow (including flowers) have been started from seed.
With vegetables and annual flowers and herbs, the instant gratification is amazing. In one short season, to see a plant go from pin size seed to bountiful is just mind boggling. But for perennial flowers, it’s a different story : Cold stratification, germination, hardening, establishment and then the wait. To watch a small little inch tall seedling harden off, to watch it fight for life in that first year. To protect its fragile roots in fall. To pray it survives our harsh winters. To anticipate its return in Spring. And finally to be blessed, after a few years with a first bloom. That my friends, this process, is what keeps me going.
This was our first Lupin flower. We have several little ones all over our yard, full of leaves but too young to bloom. But this beautiful plant, 3 years old now, gave us our first vibrant bloom a few days ago and as I type this, 4 more blooms are on the verge of exploding into these beautiful pinks and burgundies. I could stare at it for hours.
How is your garden growing?