Faith, in its broadest sense, is about far more than belief in the existence of God or the disregard of scientific evidence. Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand. Faith is the belief in things larger than ourselves. Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments and at others to ride the passion and exuberance that is the artistic impulse, the flight of the imagination, the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.
~ Alan Lightman
Things have changed during the almost two weeks I was away. The pink, Old English type of roses and the irises in the scrounger’s garden have finished for the season. The red roses are still going at it, but look in need of some attention. The white and peach colored roses didn’t do well at all this year. I’m not sure why. Flowers appeared, but it looked almost like they were burnt on the edges as they blossomed.
We picked a couple of handfuls of blueberries this morning. They are delicious. The vegetable garden is producing yummy onions, romaine lettuce, basil, and Swiss chard. The cucumbers are doing well, and I don’t think it will be too long before we pick our first tomato.
The yuccas sent up one stalk of flowers last year. This year there are ten stalks of them. Cleaning up the area must have helped. They’re beautiful. The other flowers in the scrounger’s garden are doing well, as are the hot chili peppers and herbs (rosemary and oregano). Speaking of herbs, the chives and lemongrass are getting along just fine in the raised herb bed. I’ll have to plant more herbs in there next year. I took it easy this year, waiting to see what might come up.
We found petunias in a variety of colors blooming in the part of the vegetable garden we’re not currently using. That was a lovely surprise.
There was magic here last night. I can’t show it to you, but I can tell you about it. The full moon hung over the lagoon, painted with clouds in various shades of pink, orange, and red. Lightning streaked across the sky in the distance, lighting up the clouds. In the meadows and trees, thousands and thousands of fireflies danced in the dark looking like stars that had come to earth for the night.
I was so enchanted that it never occurred to me to grab the camera and try to capture it.
This morning I went to look at the flowers blooming on the trumpet vines and I was buzzed by a couple of hummingbirds. I must have interrupted them as they were feeding. I thought I might have caught one with the camera, but it appears he was too fast for me.
I noticed on our way home yesterday that the dayliles are blooming everywhere. That includes are own dayliles growing by the greenhouse. I love the way the light and shade play with them throughout the day. (That means you might be seeing more of them soon.)
I’m sure there’s more going on in the meadows and in the woods, but I haven’t had a chance to get there yet. I was busy checking out the gardens to get some idea of the work ahead of me, and doing a bit (a large bit) of mowing. The bunnies won’t be happy about that, although I’m sure they can still find plenty of clover to munch on.
I have also been hiding out in the man-cave, watching the World Cup coverage. It’s a great way to spend the hot afternoons.
That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this summery Saturday. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’re having a great weekend.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂