Gratitude Spiral: Day 336

Today, I’m grateful once again for my Christmas cactus blooming.

It bloomed from February to March and then broke in half one day. I’ve been wondering if the whole thing was on it’s way out. But there it goes, blooming again!

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 326

Today, I’m grateful for the variety of black-eyed susans still blooming in my garden.

Many flowers have gone by already and temperatures are threatening to dip into the thirties soon. So, I’m enjoying these while I can. A friend gave me some black-eyed susans from her garden many years ago. I haven’t planted any of them since then. They just pop up all over my front gardens every spring. It’s like they feel right at home here. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 311

Today, I’m grateful for flowers in my kitchen.

I bought them for myself. Grocery shopping is not a pleasant task for me, made more uncomfortable by the Covid-19 pandemic. Feeling like I needed a pick-me-up the other day, I chose a deep red bouquet just for me. Sometimes, that’s all it takes. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 308

Today, I’m grateful for the marigolds I received on Mother’s Day that are still thriving.

Their full, yellow blossoms are so cheery in my dwindling autumn garden. Their brightness makes me smile. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 282

Today, I’m grateful for weeding.

No, not so grateful for the weeds themselves. But the act of weeding, pulling up crabgrass, roots and all, reveals what the garden is supposed to look like.  And it’s amazingly satisfying.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 256

Today, I’m grateful for zinnias.

For the last few years, I’ve bought zinnia seedlings from The Herb Farmacy in Salisbury, MA. There are so many fun, colorful varieties. I keep meaning to grow them from seed myself, but each year I seem to forget, until it’s too late. So, I’m thankful to have any at all to brighten up my garden.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 249

Today, I’m grateful for the hibiscus blooming at the front corner of our yard.

Almost every year, like clockwork, it blooms on the first day of August. The lunch-plate sized flowers open their pink and white faces to the sun and last a few days each. As the first flowers droop, more open, making a spectacle for passers-by for at least the rest of the month.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 238

Today, I’m grateful for nasturtium flowers.

Nasturtium foliage is full and fun. I almost forget sometimes that flowers will eventually bloom out of it. The variety of small red, orange, and yellow blossoms are a joy to see peeking out between my squash and tomato plants. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 234

Today, I’m grateful for the blooming Rose of Sharon trees.

They always surprise me when they bloom because I’m not usually paying attention. They’re so pretty that I can almost forgive them for making baby Rose of Sharon trees pop up all over the lawn. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?