Dear friend D and I are in the preliminary stages of planning a trip to Charleston to visit the renowned Home and Garden Tour hosted by the city’s Preservation Society this fall. If you’ve been reading this blog very long, then you know T&C Mom loves planning and anticipating, and a girlfriends’ trip to Charleston that includes peeks into private homes and gardens—well, it’s just the perfect diversion amid all the end-of-the-school-year madness! In the meantime, I’ve cobbled together some garden pics that I’ve made the past couple of weeks. The older I get the more I appreciate a garden, of any type, really. I believe the human race was born of God in a garden, and I believe the beauty of the garden here on Earth foretells God’s glory to come.
Perhaps because my own yard gets only about 15 minutes of sun a day, I’m especially partial to shade-loving plants. These hostas are growing in the botanical gardens at Clemson University. Sharing a garden brings joy. How delightful it was to have some new friends (a couple at least 30 years older than the Mister and me) say, “Please, stop by and see our garden one afternoon.” We replied that we’d love to and asked when would be a good time. “Oh, come any time,” they said. “If we’re not there, then just look around and wander through.” And, that’s what we did! We jotted off a little note, thanking them for letting us see the fruits of their labors. And now, we’re invited back for iced tea in the garden. People who have gardens are generous. I think this is blue salvia. Lovely. Every garden needs a place to sit and be thankful.Indigenous oakleaf hydrangea was just opening its majestic spires when we visited.
Across Main Street from our little shop is a most lovely city park, Falls Park, with a river and waterfalls and a stunning pedestrian cable bridge. In the springtime, though, it’s the flowers and fragrance that make the park a treasure. Benches are plentiful, and I am blessed to enjoy my coffee or lunch outside here several days a week.The pansies and Johnny-jump-ups are near the end of their season, as the heat is beginning to make them a bit leggy. The marvelous French blue of these hydrangea is starting to intensify as the days lengthen and warm.Purple coneflowers, or echinacea, will soon have their lavender petals. The hardy daylily sings of the coming summer. Although not fragrant, she has the staying power to last until September. And, finally, back to the shade, where the trusty impatiens are the perfect foil to the broad hosta leaves. The impatiens add brightness to even the darkest corner.
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.-- Isaiah 58:11
Do you garden?