Can you stand another post about the garden? It’s not even that my garden is all that unusual, but like every garden it is unique because it changes constantly from hour to hour and from day-to-day.
In the beginning the plants were so small and fragile and by the middle of the summer they had grown into healthy looking plants and it was absolutely gorgeous. The foliage was so lush and so multicoloured. But now, a month later, it’s quite wild and overgrown. The plants are trying their best to put out the last of their fruits and I suppose to gain immortality.
The garden is in its last throes of production and is looking quite exhausted. It’s interesting seeing all those changes like the end of the beautiful bean plants.
I’m not really a morning person. I like the idea of getting up early but I like staying up late even more, which makes getting up early a challenge!
But over the last week I’ve pushed myself to get up early and to get outside and paint before all the glorious flowers come to an end. I am discovering how magical early morning is.
There is a heavy dew covering all the plants. I walked through the garden and soaked my shoes!
All the photos in this post today were taken early in the morning when dew covered all the plants.
The asparagus looked like a crinoline that a garden-fairy might wear.
The light changes at this time of year and the shadows are long in the morning. The wildflowers around our house are full of burgundy seed pods and contrast so well with the golden rod.
I set up my painting gear outside it but it’s hard to not to feel panicked at how quickly everything is changing and how obviously the growing season is coming to an end.
I realize that once again I have missed many opportunities to paint this summer but at the same time I have to remind myself how many opportunities I have taken advantage of.
It’s always a balancing act between painting and gardening and socializing… I don’t know if I’ll ever get the formula right.
In a month from now the leaves will be finishing turning and then it will be time to move into the studio for the winter.
For now it feels so precious to be able to enjoy these last days and weeks of blooms.