Mornings in the garden...
a favorite time in a favorite place.
Morning chores are finished and the sun has risen above the horizon,
but still shining horizontally across the land.
This perfect light makes everything growing look electrified...
colors so vibrant they almost look artificial!
The perennials around the border of the garden are just starting to bloom.
And roses are climbing the garden fence,
intertwining with grape vines and trumpet vines.
As I go from garden box to garden box,
I here the tinkling of garden chimes.
A tiny wren chitters his warning...
when I get too close to his house...
"Chitter, chitter, chitter, chitter" he yells at me...
protecting his family within.
A brilliant blue sky above and cool breeze on my skin,
makes my chores pleasant...
none of it feels at all like work...
it's more like spreading a little love around the garden.
In many boxes there is basil that came up from last year's seed.
We'll have basil enough to share with an army this year!
Thank goodness we'll have just as many tomatoes.
I've pruned the tomato plants and staked them up.
Each day they grow taller and stronger.
Juicy heirlooms of every color are just a few weeks away!
I silently water, pull weeds and relish all of the sights and sounds around me.
The dogs are content to nap in the morning sun.
The turkeys have come down from their normal loitering at the chicken yard.
They are always curious when I am out and about the farm,
quietly watching my labor.
Strawberries are late this year.
Cooler temperatures and weeks of cloudy, drizzly weather
pushed their ripening back to later in June.
I pick a box to take home for breakfast.
It's a perfect start to a perfect day.
My list is long...much to do before the day is over.
As it turned out... the list was ignored.
Our little pink fairy became ill with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease...
with sores in her throat and a high fever...
so I spent my day like this...
She should be much better in a few days.
As for my list... it is still here today!
The hay has been cut, so I will spend part of the day working on that.