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Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday’s Literary Compost


It’s a rainy Monday so I’m looking through the literary compost to see what can make do. Let’s pull out an awesome perennial that’s a perfect choice for a late spring to early summer bloom. As you can see from the above image of this Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo', the pale pink to near white blossoms add a soft hue to the surrounding greenery often heightened during this time of year. This Geranium can handle full sun to partial shade. Its velvety textured foliage makes it a wonderful addition to the perennial border. Plus its hardiness zone is 5-9, which makes it quite attractive for many climates.

So while this weekend was a hot one to handle in this neck of the woods, there's some great planting weather headed our way. Seize the opportunity to get your woody plant materials and perennials in the ground. If you happened to catch last Friday’s flower choice, here’s an updated image taken one day later of the Hybrid Tea Rose, ‘Peace’. It’s always nice to see what things can dare to be.

Though I may be short on my own words this Monday morning, Steve Maraboli captures it best with his words, ‘Dare to Be’.

"When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great, too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”

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