The cup of Life is full and runneth over. The Spirit of creation abounds at every level, constructing – in no small way – the world you see, the air you breathe, the soil beneath your feet, the beating of your heart.
You are intimately bound up in Creation, eternally connected to the unfolding of Life Itself, just as a new leaf extends in the embrace of the sun and sends its roots deep into the soil. Look at the natural world around you. There is no death, only change. Spirit, like matter, is neither created nor destroyed. It merely changes form. There is peace in the whisperings of Spirit. Quiet your soul and listen well. The wellspring of Life cascades through you. You are Its expression.
What started as a hobby has turned into a full-time fascination. I enjoy looking at my plants on a daily basis, tending to them, assisting them in their growth. Day-to-day, it’s difficult to notice the big changes, although I catch little details in photographs. When I look back on pics taken months or even just weeks ago, I am amazed at how much they have grown. I look forward with great anticipation to the coming months when many of these plants should be much larger and producing lots of flowers.
Take the Texas Lantana. I bought them in small 1/2 gallon pots and planted them in mid-March. Now they’ve established themselves and are beginning to spread out and bloom. This variety can grow to be 4′ x 4′, so I should have a very large mound of lantana with two plants side by side.
The two Purple Moss Verbena plants were purchased in a similar size pot and transplanted at the same time as the lantana. They have grown incredibly and delight the butterflies with their numerous purple blooms. These plants should each get a couple feet tall and wide.
The Fall Aster was purchased last year in a small 4″ pot. I transplanted it, but it didn’t do much last fall but put out two or three blooms. Over the winter, I cut it entirely back. Then it started to produce more leaves as you see below. I transplanted it again with the others in March and now it is three times as large and covered with flowers. Shhh, don’t tell it that it is late Spring…
An amazingly fast grower, the Indigo Spires salvia is a truly gorgeous addition to the garden. I bought in two plants in 1/2 gallon containers and transplanted with the others. In just two months it has grown incredibly and is covered with those beautiful indigo spires. These can get pretty large at 4′ x 4′.
The Trailing Lantana, like the others, was purchased in 1/2 gallon container and transplanted in March. It has really begun to spread out now, and after a few weeks of not blooming, has really turned on the flowers the past week. It should spread out 3-4′ in diameter.
And the wildflower bed is just a sea of yellow right now thanks to the Coreopsis and Mexican Hats. Below you can see the beginning stages of the wildflower bed followed by a close-up of a section of Coreopsis and a long-view of the bed as of yesterday. The dark coreopsis is the first I’ve seen in the bed, but may be the first of many more.
The Straight Eight cucumber vines are really starting to take off. I’ve had to tie them a few times in the past couple of weeks as they stretch up. I’ve included a close-up of the end of the cucumber vine, as well as one of a cucumber flower.
And, remember my landscaping project? I installed some flagstones and planted some Mother of Thyme and Yellow Thyme between the stones. They are filling in nicely, though I really think the Yellow Thyme is doing what I want it to. The Mother of Thyme is growing taller than I expected. The first image below is right after transplanting the thyme, followed by pictures taken yesterday. They should start flowering in mid-summer.
The mammoth sunflowers have sprung up, growing inches everyday. I can’t wait to see those dinner-sized plates of yellow happiness! The flowers are forming already and soon will start unfolding!
And, finally, the herb garden. The first picture below was taken September of last year. Eight months later, the garden scarcely has a bare spot.
What’s growing up in your garden?