Today’s photos are from Claudia Weisz in Seattle, Washington. She says, “I never know whether to call my gardening a hobby, an obsession, or my therapy, but most often therapy wins. At least that’s what I tell people who comment on it as when I’m working or watering on a summer evening. Occasionally the word addiction comes up, but I brush it off like drops of water off a giant brunera leaf.
I will swear off hanging baskets because of their constant neediness, only to give in when I see a hanging fushia that I KNOW the hummingbirds will love. And I also know I will love watching them enjoy it. I’ll say I’ve taken my cottage garden into the more sophisticated form of leaf color providing the drama, only to fall victim to the grace and beauty of a Solomon’s Seal draped gracefully out of a pot, or a mass of Black-eyed Susans because I saw the finches plucking the seeds from a dried flower.
Which brings me to another goal of my gardening that I enjoy–that of planning my plantings not only for passersby, but for my enjoyment while watching out my window. I believe that birds bring nature into my life and planting trees just outside the window and having a birdbath and feeders in my line of vision provides a kind of therapy I can find nowhere else.
And although I enjoy living IN my garden in the spring, summer, and fall, in winter I find equal enjoyment and satisfaction providing food and shelter close by. I can squander an entire morning enjoying the antics of a flock of bushtits splashing just a few feet away. And of course there are the robins. If you want to learn how to really enjoy a bath, take lessons from a robin.”
Claudia, is that your front yard? It’s so great! I love the shape of the lawn, the edging, the colors and textures–everything. And such a cute pic of the birds bathing! Thank so much for sharing. Send more!
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