This is essentially a post about seeing the good that comes with the bad, even when they hit at the same time.
...So at the moment, my garden is a little damp.
(yes, those are my pyjama pants)I was so happy when it started to rain, as my garden had been getting very dry in the heat, I wasn't able to keep water up to it. I watched a few of my plants wither and die, I watched a few wither and was able to bring them back, which is always a good feeling.
Then the rain set in.
It started pouring.
It didn't stop.
I became very worried about my garden, and this morning went out to survey the damage. The first few things I saw made me feel very sad.
This tub had held five newly-sprouted bean plants, from heirloom beans which had been a gift from a friend. I have more I can plant, but for now I'm sad for those I have lost, and that's ok.
My strawberry plant. This is all that remains. This plant was three years old, and had never been flooded like that in its life. This season was my first major crop of strawberries (you may know, a strawberry plant makes more fruit than last season every year)
Thyme. It wasn't the rain that killed it exactly, it was going from so dry to so wet very quickly. Thyme is very hardy.
Then I went into the main part of my garden, where I saw this:
At first what I really noticed was my "miniature garden" in the pink tub was completely wiped out, save for the chives, which I'm not sure you can kill even if you try, but then I noticed not only is my basil alive, but it's in flower!
This basil self-seeded from plants that grew from seeds I got from a discount bin for 15 cents.
And my favourite post-deluge find of all? This:
One of my purple king bean plants which I thought was dead from the heat, obviously not! Brought back from the brink by wonderful, life-giving rain.
So today I am thankful for my garden, I am thankful for the plants that have survived (roughly half, many more than are seen here), and I'm thankful for the rain, but I think we've had quite enough for a little while!
What do you choose to be thankful for?
Lots of love,