“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”
The small efforts we make now in the garden will still have plenty of time to grow before autumn sets in, in Virginia. We still have at least ten weeks, probably more in most parts of the state, to enjoy our gardens.
It amazes me, sometimes, how quickly plants grow when the conditions are right for them. This little pot grows in the shade of our Azalea hedge, beside the driveway.
Ferns love these sheltered, shady spots. I planted this Cretan brake fern from a 1″ nursery pot early in June. Now it has settled in and given beautiful new leaves. I added the hardy Begonia division about two weeks ago now. There was a stand of them elsewhere, which needed thinning. I dug up about a dozen babies and spread them around to see where they will take off and grow.
Hardy Begonias also grow quickly once they find the right spot and dig in their roots. I hope to show you this one in bloom by early August. It will grow to at least 12″ tall by then. Even better, it will form a little bud at each leaf joint which can grow into a new plant next season.
The new leaf in front is from a rhizome left in the pot from another season, just now showing its first leaf. We’ll see what it has in store for us this year.
Whatever early summer held for you, please keep your optimism and keep planting. Whether you sow a fresh crop of seeds for fall vegetables, or whether you adopt some of the late season offerings at your local nursery, there is still time to make small beginnings and watch them grow into something beautiful this season.
All you truly need is the desire, a vision, and a small pot of good soil to get started.
“In the oddity or maybe the miracle of life,
the roots of something new frequently lie
in the decaying husks of something old.”