Savoring is a concept that I learned about over a decade ago as a student of positive psychology. Savoring is what I do in the garden every morning – I immerse myself in the color and shape of each bloom. It is a sense of awe, really. And, fall seems to turn up the volume of appreciation for each bloom. July feels almost rushed to get photos of each flower . . . but August slows it down enough to notice each individual bloom.
It is almost funny that today brought two new faces. I only have three unbloomed (for 2017) cultivators left to bloom now. Today brought an old favorite, Heirloom Heaven. A sweet, petite late bloomer.
And, it brought the first Passionate Returns (except the one that I missed Saturday). This is a new plant just a couple weeks ago when I was craving some more late bloomers. I love the color and the ruffles.
Now, it is fall chores. This year, that is a lot due to the decision to put almost everyone in pots of some sort. I’m maybe 2/3 finished. Then, I have several that need to be divided and given to friends/coworkers. I have turned into a serious hobbiest, and the transition is a bit painful at times. I am hopeful that next year will be easier. More time to savor.