Breathing Room


It’s time for a walk in the garden. Will you join me?

This year, my husband put our daughter in charge of planting flower bulbs at either end of the garden. We gave her a budget and she ordered a variety of lilies and dahlias. They were planted in late spring after the danger of frost had passed.

After the lilies bloomed and faded, there was a miscommunication of where the dahlia bulbs were planted.  So my husband decided he would also plant flowers. He planted zinnias. Lots of zinnias. This was in addition to the vegetables he had already planted.

By early summer, it was apparent that our daughter’s dahlias were being smothered. They just couldn’t find the needed space to grow. All the flowers were overcrowded — even the zinnias — and we had very few blooms.

You can definitely have too much of a good thing. Our beautiful flowers had no room to breathe.

Hidden Beauty

As the summer waned and our vegetables were nearly all harvested, our daughter began thinning the overgrowth little by little. Then an amazing thing happened! Within days, we discovered flower stalks that had been hidden. And within a week, we began seeing beautiful blossoms of all kinds. And now our mums and Mexican Sunflowers are also blooming, right on schedule.

Here is a sample of some of the beauty we are seeing in our backyard right now.

What a colorful blessing so late in the season! I hope they will continue to grow and bloom until our first frost. I will miss all these beautiful flowers during the cold months ahead.

Which reminds me, I need to find the spring bulb catalogs that arrived in the mail last week.

3 thoughts on “Breathing Room

  1. Rose Moore says:

    Gardens produce unexpected miracles, even when the odds are against both garden and gardener. I think that’s why I began keeping flower gardens in my very young childhood and continued on for this day.
    I love this episode a great deal. I sat here feeling a little bit “down,”–not a natural tendency for me, by any means.
    And now I will go off to bed and to sleep; with a smile!

    • Dawn says:

      My husband knows that if you want to kill a living plant, you give it to me. I have not been blessed with a green thumb. I am pleased that my daughter loves flower gardening, probably the result of working at a greenhouse for a couple of seasons. My husband is an “enthusiastic” gardener. If one plant is good, many plants are better. I think next year the two of them will plan a little better. I will just sit and enjoy the view!🙂

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