Morningtide On First Of May

Morning Garden

The nicest time in my garden can be the early hours between 6 and 8 a.m., when the sun is peeking around, seeking entry past rooftops and fence posts.

Sunlight touching Southern Border

Yesterday, heading down the back steps with a cup of coffee in hand I intend to sit on the black Lutyens bench in front of the meditation circle for a few moments of reflection.

Before I even sit something catches my gaze and of course, I must look.

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica ‘Immortality’ and Tradescantia (Spiderwort)

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Satisfied, I continue toward the meditation circle and take a seat. Birds calling and chimes singing are the sounds I notice and sometimes for an instant, there is complete silence.

Antirrhinum majus ‘Montego Violet’ (Snapdragon) and Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)

Pretty soon though I spot a mocking weed that must be plucked right away. There, that takes care of that impetuous intruder! Oops, another one.

Ah, too many weeds to worry about just now, so I relax and take another sip of coffee. But soon I am up wandering around with the camera, exploring each new bloom that has appeared since the previous day.

Dianthus b. ‘Barbarini Mix’ (Dwarf Sweet William)

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris) and Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Oenothera speciosa (Pink evening primrose)

Now the coffee cup is abandoned. Like the honeybees pausing for nectar at each opportunity, I float round the borders, inhaling rose and peony and iris, and retracing my steps.

Virgie’s Rose – a passalong

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Tall Bearded Iris

Crossing Paths

I carefully tread lightly into the back of the northern border for a closer inspection, then swing the camera back out across the garden.

Morning Garden

Morning Garden

Morning Garden

Delighting at form, color and wet grass underfoot I recognize the transience of this peaceful moment, and can hardly bear it.

22 thoughts on “Morningtide On First Of May

  1. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Such a lovely vignette, and it’s so familiar. We’re just getting through a cold snap, but during the warm days, this is a common occurrence for me, too. You’re ahead of me, though. Thanks for the beautiful view of what’s to come. And thanks for your lovely description and photos. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Beth. My garden has hit a tipping point I sense when spring has peaked. Hasn’t weather been unpredictable this year. Enjoy your warm days when they come.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Morningtide just seemed like the right term for the mood I was in that day. I must have read it long ago in an English novel.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Best time to enjoy the garden. The other morning I heard but couldn’t see my neighbor puttering around early. We’d been trying to find a time she could come see my garden so I called out and told her to come over. She showed up a couple minutes later in pajamas with coffee.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank John. Yes, all the tradescantia you see is from plants I’ve tried many times to eradicate. At my previous garden I could barely keep it alive, so it must like the fertile soil here and sun. I have a love/hate relationship though and it has been covered with bees this week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Brian. Seeing my footprints on the stone made me laugh. Apparently I’d been that way before, just from the other direction.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you! It’s a dilemma isn’t it? Even at other people’s gardens or public spaces I subconsciously see them. (Not to say my garden is weeded at the moment.)

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  2. Cathy

    So very beautiful Susie! It is hard for me to sit and enjoy the garden too, so I know just how you felt. But glad you had a few moments of peace to start the day! The circle is stunning with those red antirrhinums. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy–I think it’s good for us to try to take a few minutes for ourselves each day and what better place to practice that than in our gardens.

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