Sweltering and sweating describes this month of July. A few cracks of thunder gives hope, but rarely produces rain. As a gardener, watching your plants suffer from the heat and lack of rain, is discouraging. Knowing your quarterly water bill is going to be between $300-$500, is no better. But you do what you must or all is lost, and that would be the most discouraging of all.
This week’s bouquet is simple. I’ve been trying to work outside each day from 6-8 in the morning, and 7:30-9 in the evening. But this day, I couldn’t face either, and quickly gathering this handful of zinnias, was all I could manage.
With discouraging weather, and discouraging news all around, I choose joy in any form I can find it. The simplicity of zinnias, my babies, grown and nurtured from seed, are a “go to” source. They don’t seem to mind the heat and with a little bit of watering, they give generously to me and the insects who come to visit.
Their bright, happy colors are intoxicating. They truly are a handful of happiness.
Joining again this Monday with Cathy of Rambling in the Garden for “In a Vase on Monday”, where you’ll find flowers to cheer a weary soul.