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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Shaped & Fashioned

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once penned, “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” If you love your summer garden, how does it shape and fashion you?  

What I love most about mornings in the summer garden is that despite today’s heavy mist and recent heat, if I stop long enough and look at everything, I can find something beautiful that speaks to me. Take for instance this lovely Daylily; it appears to almost weep. It reminds me how much the Daylily is so much like the butterfly. Both are handed a short life span but it does not take away its beauty. So rather than cut these weeping stems for a vase, I leave it to drape gracefully over the stone wall. Shaped and fashioned, it creates its own beauty even if it was meant to stand up straight.

Like the Butterfly and the Daylily, our New England summer garden may seem short-lived. That’s why to embrace it each morning, to find out how it can shape and fashion you is the most important gift a garden can give. It's why creating one shall always be worth it to me.

P.S. If you missed my butterfly image above that I shared on our Facebook page yesterday, there’s a great quote by Haruki Murakami that accompanies it. Just look below in the comments. Thanks everyone and have a wonderful Tuesday.

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