In late spring Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ enlivens my garden meditation circle with red-inspired stems and leaves and spires of white blooms.
Occasionally a flower’s throat is lightly brushed with ruby.
Hummingbirds recently visited these beauties; butterflies and bees are also attracted.
The plants have self-seeded over the years, usually parking themselves directly in the meditator’s path, rather than along the labyrinth’s wall as designed. But it is easy to relocate them or for that matter to simply to step aside mindfully
—observing, noticing–feeling gratitude.
While other penstemon (beardtongue) are short-lived in my garden Husker Red thrives.