Friday, July 26, 2013

The Value of Beauty

This light pink crepe myrtle is breathtaking.  It is an old variety and was growing here when we bought the house.  Our house is about 90 yrs old so I dream of the original owner planting these beauties long ago..there are 3 of them but only one of them thrives...

I planted this red crepe myrtle in memory of my is so slow to bloom this year..Our hardwood trees have grown so much in the past 10 years that shade is creeping in more than I would like...
We are surrounded by trees on all sides with a huge sunny spot in the middle....

And liriope...good old dependable and durable liriope...Probably every southern garden has some  a lot growing in it.  It is still one of the plants I am so happy to have in my yard.  especially when it starts to send up these spikes in late summer....

What do you have blooming in your late summer garden?  Is it still beautiful?  The monsoon season seems to be over for now and the flowers are slowly recovering..We have the best crop of grass we have ever had...

Look for the beauty in your your surroundings..It is easy to see the bad and dirty but sometimes we have to look extra carefully to find the beauty...I promise you that it is there somewhere...Challenge yourself to find it...

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  1. I don't think I have ever seen Pink Crepe Myrtle? Those I see in abundance are a bright red like you planted. I guess we can learn something new each day :) It's all very pretty and no doubt, just as for me, it is a labor of love working in your garden. Judi

  2. What a lovely post, Mona.

    And you are SO RIGHT about looking for beauty - we see what we wish to see, don't we, as weak humans?

    I think training our minds/hearts/eyes to look for beauty and focus on that is the key to enlightened spirituality - in any faith and belief one may have.

    Have a great (and beautiful) weekend, my friend.

  3. Hi Mona,

    Gorgeous photos of a pretty, pink, flowering crepe myrtle! I love the dainty, red lovelies in the last pic with the cone flowers! What are they?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting via Rooted in Thyme,


  4. Beautiful flowers, beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Mona,

    What lovely blooms! I live in NC and crepe myrtle are abundant around here...I just love them in all colors. Thank you for sharing the beauty with us!


  6. Lirope...would love to have some, but it must not be hardy in this zone. We also are surrounded on all sides by trees. Sometimes I long for a bit more light. The house can seem quite dark in the summer. The myrtle and all your garden flowers and photography are beautiful. My garden is looking bare now that the common daylilies are spent.

  7. I always enjoy your garden pictures and I love your grateful heart and encouragement to look for the beauty in your day.

  8. I do not understand why I never commented on this post! It is so pretty and I totally understand what you mean, when you wonder about the people who originally planted your trees. We used to live in an old home with huge magnolia trees. I always wished that the people who planted them could have seen them full-grown. They were magnificent!