Small Beginnings

July 10, 2015 garden 005~

“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.”

.

Arnold Bennett

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.

~

Here is my magical Begonia, which dies back to its rhizome from time to time.  From its sad start when I set it out in May, it has now grown its summer crop of new leaves in a shady bed of ferns.

Here is my magical Begonia, which dies back to its rhizome from time to time. From its sad start when I set it out in May, it has now grown its summer crop of new leaves in a shady bed of ferns.

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“In the oddity or maybe the miracle of life,

the roots of something new frequently lie

in the decaying husks of something old.”

.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

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This is one of our small 'stump gardens.'   We've planted a seedling Hellebore, an Autumn Brilliance fern, and a Voodoo Lily in compost around the stump of a fruit tree lost to a storm.  Each season we add a little compost as this tiny shade garden expands.

This is one of our small ‘stump gardens.’ We’ve planted a seedling Hellebore, an Autumn Brilliance fern, and a Voodoo Lily in compost around the stump of a fruit tree lost to a storm. Each season we add a little compost as this tiny shade garden expands.

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Woodland Gnome 2015

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The same stump garden, from a different perspective....

The same stump garden, from a different perspective….

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14 responses to “Small Beginnings

  1. Great quotes, esp. the optimism that tomorrow isn’t wasted today. Good way to think about it. 🙂
    You made me realize that we are at midsummer already (wah!) so your reminder not to squander our days is timely!
    Thought of you today as I finally got around to potting up a few small plants (fern, ivy, polka dot & wax begonia) that I bought AGES ago. All together in one pot a la WG! They are still very small, but at least they are together and I hope to bring them inside in the fall. Thanks for your constant inspiration! 🙂

    • That should be a stunning combination, Eliza! I’m glad you gave them all root room; they must be so much happier now! Did you get the white polka dot plant, or the pink?
      We finally had a cooler day, and I was able to get out for a few hours before the rain came. A lovely day, all in all. Glad you liked the quotations, too. I’m thinking i should get the first one framed for the wall… a constant reminder to start fresh each day 😉 Giant hugs ❤ ❤ ❤ WG

      • Pink polka dot and pink wax begonia with burgundy foliage. Hope they flourish in their new root-space. I have them on the front porch on the table next to our chairs.
        Today was our first really warm day, dry thankfully, but the sun was so intense! I think it was Robin who mentioned in a post how intense the heat was. Makes me wonder about solar activity and our atmosphere? Could there be change afoot or was it the lack of humidity? One can only guess. Big hugs back at ya!

        • How pretty that combo must look on your porch! Photos coming ? Our gravitational field is reportedly letting in more solar radiation these days , and the sun feels so brutal , unlike it ever felt in my youth. We hate to go outside mid-day unless it is cloudy . You have a lack of humidity ? 100% here today 😐 Do you follow Gwen nest Garden ? She shows her plants burned by the sun in Brussels . ..

          • Oh, my, I wondered if something was afoot. Yes, dry here as we get air down from Canada. When it is southerly we get the humidity. I looked at Gwen’s post – really disturbing. I’ve never seen plants burn like that in summer. Reminds me of winter kill here. The planet is screaming – is anyone listening? Sigh.

  2. It’s easy to let our enthusiasm flag in the heat of summer. These words of encouragement could not be better timed.

    • 🙂 My enthusiasm has been in the dust most of this week. It has been too hot to breathe out there! Finally, a cool day for us, and a chance to get out and tidy up a bit… and take some fresh photos 😉 Hope you’re well, Rickii-

  3. Oh! I love your little stump garden. I might have to start one of those. Our local nursery has a lot of things on sale now, most looking in need of a good home. I’m thinking of adding a few new things to my garden soon.

    Wonderful post and reminders, WG. 🙂

    • Thank you, Robin. One of our local garden centers has everything at 50% off right now. This is a wonderful time to buy, especially as there is no drought 😉 Hope you are having a good weekend. Thank you for the kind words ❤ ❤ ❤ WG

  4. Wonderful quotes and I enjoyed your new little plantings too. I think renewal and the cycle of life are so very much part of our gardening lives.

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