The Beauty of Imperfection ~ Never do we realize this more than in the summer garden. I myself am more of a cottage gardener. I actually find it easier because I like the idea of guidelines but no set rules. I have a large perennial garden that each year surprises me in its imperfections; it never looks exactly the same two years in a row! A plant will flourish a certain year and the next, well not so much. With (finally) some measureable rainfall and not so broiling temps, my phlox paniculata just may flourish this year. Last year I had cut out half by the beginning of August. Every year it is an imperfect surprise - but so beautiful. To make it work you need to be willing to 'give up' on certain plants for the season; cut (down) out losses so to speak. Garden beds & pots will fill in and flourish for they are resilient!
The most imperfect of all plants is the annual 'volunteer'. These serendipitous plants take hold and bloom from seed in no time at all it seems. Do they grow in the most awkward of spots at times? Hell, yeah! Do they come in handy when other annuals fail & you need a fill in? Amen, yes!! Such is the case this year with some of my beloved zinnias that are being insect eaten, with some bouncing back & others not so much. Volunteer petunias to the rescue! These volunteers transplant beautifully and in a few weeks it will be a seamless change.So I would be remiss if I failed to mention that our gardens again mimic our lives in many ways. Today's lesson is that we are fabulous creations of imperfections too! But, of course, we already knew that. The gardener in us has blessedly allowed us to step away from our day, our thoughts for minutes or hours at a time. The gardens we cultivate have shown us that new growth & life is always right around the next (garden) path for us & we should never stop taking that walk because imperfection is where it's at & it is beautiful!