I've been trying to change my "wake-up" habits this summer. I used to get up, turn on the news, start the coffee, and feed the cats. Then I'd watch the news and become thoroughly disgusted with the state of the world.
I've begun a new routine. I still start the coffee and feed the cats--but these days, I take my coffee out to the back yard and sit in one of my Adirondack chairs. I watch the birds, visit the gardens, and just "wake up" for about an hour before I try to do anything productive. It's my meditation time.
I feel better. I'm not as wrought up with what's going on, though I don't ignore the world. I just delay its impact on me by spending some time observing my small corner of it.
This morning, I took some (fuzzy) pictures of the sunflowers, zinnias, bougainvillea and the one eggplant that's growing. The sunflowers haven't developed seeds yet, but those are coming, I'm sure. The zinnias are pretty, too.
I noticed, too, this morning that the hummingbirds chase the other birds as well as each other. One hummingbird chased a cardinal up a tree. That's tenacity.
The zinnias are about the same color--a kind of pinkish-purple, very much like the bougainvillea, so they complement each other.
I've never been very good with flowers--well, to be truthful, I'm a neglectful gardener. I like to plant things and leave them alone, so no-fuss plants are best for me. I probably shouldn't try to grow vegetables, but I can't help myself. I just love vegetable gardens and the "fruits" of my labor.
Oh, and no peaches from my tree this year. I went to pick the three I had, and the ants came streaming out. I think I'll have to treat the bark in the spring to keep the ants off the tree.
And here is my lone eggplant. I do have a few more about to open, but this one is well on its way to harvest. And I noticed that the okra is finally producing. It's been just standing there all summer. I guess it just had to hit its stride.
The tomatoes are finally producing, but I'll have to wait until I come back from Austin to pick any of them. By the end of August, I might actually have some vegetables! I won't wait so late to plant next spring.