Big changes

Do you remember the scene in Grosse Pointe Blank where Joan Cusack’s character describes going to her 10 year high school reunion? She said, “It was just as if everyone had swelled.” I couldn’t help thinking of that when I walked through the gardens this morning after 2 weeks away. It was just as if the gardens had swelled. Between hot days and a whole bunch of much needed rain, the garden grew at least another whole dress size. I barely fit down some of the paths. I wish I had taken before pictures of the vegetable garden because I could have sworn that the gourds hadn’t even thought about reaching the top of the arbor and the corn still looked like wispy little grass.

And in a mere 2 weeks, summer became late summer. How I know is because the Joe Pye weed and rudbeckia are in full bloom and the insect and bird activity has reached a frenetic crescendo. This morning I watched a cheeky little hummingbird bully 2 goldfinch away from “his” bamboo grove. Butterflies are everywhere and there are bees and wasps of all shapes and sizes making every garden buzz. Loudly. I hesitate to say it, but I think the light is even starting to change.

I was right about the Lycoris – they have mostly gone by without me seeing them. But the lotus put up more than one bud as it turned out, and I’m thrilled to have caught this one’s glory. And the Sophora (Styphnolobium japonicum) just outside the Rose Garden moongate is in full bloom and just starting to drop.

I still feel like I missed a lot while I was away and yet I’m certain I have a better appreciation for the changes than I otherwise would. Do you like leaving your garden in order to come back to it with fresh eyes or are you tuned in enough to notice the changes — and fully appreciate them all the way through?

3 thoughts on “Big changes

  1. Wish I could say the same for our garden. I think we need a few volunteers from Blithewold to keep us tidy and presentable. But I guess I have to admit it is a good exercise in seeing the garden with a fresh eye. Just one week’s absence and a soaking rain can make a difference. Yikes, two weeks! I shudder to think.

    Ginny, It’s a good thing I was only gone from my own garden for one week, not two. Even so, I over-loaded the compost bin when I got back… -kris

  2. The gardens look lush and fabulous! It is so good to take a break from our gardens occasionally. When we return, it’s like falling in love all over again.

    Kathy, So true. Hope you get some days away from yours too! (Maybe you can sneak in a visit here?) -kris

  3. The garden looks beautiful, it must have been so nice to discover what it had grown into. Although I imagine there is a bit of pruning to be done it still looks lovely in its wild state. It’s nice that you caught a glimpse of the lotus flower as well because it’s beautiful.

    Thanks,
    James @ Capital Gardens.

    James, unlike my own garden, Blithewold was very well-tended during my absence. Its “wild state” is its natural cultivated state! -kris

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