This is a wonderful time of year for flowers. It’s not too cold and it’s not too hot, and so with a little watering, flowers thrive. The peonies and irises are just now past their peak at our place, but the clematis, roses, and day lilies are in full bloom. Snipping a few bouquets to adorn the dining room table and fill the house with sweet perfume is one of the great joys of summer and what we miss so much in the winter. But when you’re admiring your favorite flower, don’t forget to take a photograph of it. When the snow is blowing in January, you’ll be so glad you did.
A couple of years ago, I took a photograph of every flower that bloomed inside and outside our house. I had photographs of the amaryllis blooming indoors in January and the crocus blooming outside in March and ended the year with hardy mums in October and poinsettias in December. That project taught me a valuable lesson about beauty. I found that the ordinary is actually quite extra-ordinary. Roses and Oriental lilies may have show-stopper elegance, but take a close-up photograph of a marigold or a plain old sunflower and see their subtle loveliness. It’s made me appreciate what all flowers have to offer and realize what a miracle each one is.
Take a photograph of the miracles growing in your garden and enjoy them for more than one season.