And when I'm feeling a bit blue or bored, I can just walk out the door. Here are some simple pleasures that bring a lift to my spirits:
Seeing the first coneflowers beginning to bloom.
Finding a new daylily blooming each day. This one is 'Lavender Dew.'
Finally having success in scattering poppy seeds in my garden.
Another success--my first ever delphinium. And finding it to be just as blue as the catalog pictured it to be.
Even better with a friendly visitor.
This visitor, however, doesn't make me so happy. But otherwise, the cheery faces of Susans always bring a smile to my face.
When I see 'Canterbury Tales' next to 'Moonlit Masquerade,' I'm glad I let the daylily grower talk me into buying 'Moonlit,' too. I think these two were meant for each other.
I'm happy, too, I didn't pull what I (and Beckie, too) thought was a weed. When your memory plays tricks on you, like forgetting all about planting this phlox last year, it's nice to have a pleasant surprise.
My memory recall can be strange at times--for example, while playing a trivia game I can recall the capital of Bulgaria learned long ago in fourth grade geography (it's Sofia, by the way), but not where I laid my reading glasses two minutes ago. A sudden flash of recognition last week reminded me that this mystery plant was the balloon flower I planted last year. I'm happy that it's going to bloom soon even in the shadow of the ever-growing Amsonia towering over it.
And if all else fails, I can always count on a wagging tail and big brown eyes to lift my spirits.
Sophie makes everybody, even Marmalade, happy:)
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet." ~James Openheim