After a Thanksgiving holiday weekend full of family and food, this Monday morning brings a feeling of contentment. A quiet peace flows through the shady gardens in the front yard and a meandering walk through them satisfies the heart.
There are plenty of blooms but they are not the exuberant blossoms of spring and summer with their hot colors. These flowers are soft pinks and purples giving rest to the eyes.
The hallmark of any shade garden is the variety of textures, shapes and hues of green. There is no sense of hurry here.
An unknown nidularium bloom reflects the pinky purple of the baby Queen Emma crinum which was recently gifted to this garden by a gardening friend.
In the springtime the light pink blooms of these azaleas will blend perfectly in the new front entry-way bed. Until then, their green leaves make a perfect backdrop for my favorite cranberry pentas.
A lazy bumble bee reflects the mood of the morning as he drifts from flower to flower.
The white bench at the top of the driveway provides a perfect spot for enjoying another cup of morning coffee. It is situated between pots of rabbit foot fern and angel wing begonia. While sitting here and observing the front planting beds it is easy to dream of changes and additions for the future.
The pathway between mature formosa azaleas could use a focal point to draw the eye to the the base of the oaks at the other end. Perhaps a colorful bromeliad grouping or a variegated cast-iron plant would be the perfect thing. No hurry, plenty of time to let this idea develop.
Thanks for meandering with me through My Garden Path this Monday morning.