Watching the bees buzz happily and busily around. I've planted multitudes of marigolds around the garden, which bees simply love. I've seen them just spend hours on one flower.
My neighbor was out of town for a few days and I fed her horse and donkey for her. Now... they think I need to feed them at all times of the day... which translates to mean every time I come to the garden, lol! Their fence is catty-corner to mine, and so they can watch me as I water and work. The donkey, Johnny, has gotten especially vocal lately, lol!
I planted Mammoth Russian Sunflowers this year, and I probably won't plant that variety again (they take too long to grow), as they are just now blooming, which is probably too late for any sunflower seeds to grow, but still, they are pretty when they bloom!
Speaking of friends in the garden... I found this handsome toad hiding out in one of my plant boxes. I wondered why all summer I couldn't get anything to grow in this container... now I know!
The smoke and haze has been horrible here for the past week. When the smoke first arrived had smoke so bad here that at first we were concerned there was a fire close by, but we learned that the wind had simply brought the smoke from fires burning in nearby states and Canada.
|Picture taken on Labor Day in the middle of the afternoon.|
|Normally I can see our neighbor's place and the mountains off in the distance, |
but with the smoke so dense, visibility was low.
I found another friend in my garden... do you spot him?
He was very quiet, watching me as I watered, and never moved. Quite a handsome fellow, don't you think? And the perfect little home for him! This is a little birdhouse I found at a yardsale that I painted and set on a shelf in my garden. He seems quite content in his new home. I imagine any wasps coming in for a visit... wouldn't be leaving, ha!
|These Mammoth Russian sunflowers are over 10' in size, and are just now blooming.|
My husband and I upgraded to "smartphones" Labor Day weekend, as both our phones went on the blink. My screen wouldn't work, and his phone wouldn't charge. We have kept our simple phones for many years, but decided to give smartphones a try.
Having a camera in my pocket at all times is certainly a lot of fun! I do notice a difference in the quality of the pictures as compared to my DSLR, but the ability to have the camera in my pocket to take pictures on the spur of the moment is really nice.
However, I notice the clarity of the pictures are diminished. It is a trade-off... having a camera in your pocket, or a big camera to carry around. I know I will continue to do both, but I do find that having a camera to use when the moment is right has become a very fun thing :)
I really love this pose of Miss Riley, however, as you can see the quality of the picture is grainy. But still... a fun moment to capture... she LOVES to come into the garden with me and chase grasshoppers, birds, and probably my toad and chameleon friends... lol.
Oh, I do so love the happy faces of the sunflowers!
My garden is still going strong, and it is going on the middle of September! Most years we have a frost towards the end of August, but definitely by Labor Day weekend. This is unusual, but I am enjoying it!
The bees love the clover I have growing next to the garden. It really needs mowed, but I hate to mow down their happy place. So for now... the clover is staying.
This is a fun picture! I used a 360-degree panorama shot here to completely capture my garden... of course everything is skewed, but you kind of get an idea of my entire garden area.
Ha! Here is another one of my little garden-within-a-garden area, and I realized the camera captured a part of me while I filmed the 360-degree panorama shot, lol.
Oh how I love my little garden area!
Did you know I was a songwriter? No... well, I'm really not. But, while I was in the garden this past Saturday afternoon, there was such joy with quiet peace in my heart while the storm was raging in Florida. My heart was so burdened as I went to the garden to pray, because Hurricane Irma was hitting Florida, and the devastation predicted and the people in its path were weighing heavily on my heart. I carried it to the Lord there in my garden and as I sat there, I prayed and prayed for so many things. I looked up and around me, and as I drank in the beauty of the world around me, I felt that the Lord was calming my heart with the beauty of His presence, and this little simple song came to me as I sat there.
Softly the wind blows
In my garden green
Simple joys of seeing
Sunflowers faces beam
My heart is raised
In glorious symphony
Our Lord reigns, He reigns,
He reigns in Majesty!
Oh the beauty, oh the joy
Of the wind that sings this song
Glory, glory, Glorious
To you My Lord Supreme
You reign in majesty
Glorious, Holy,Our God
Our Lord reigns, He reigns,
He reigns in majesty.
It is just a simple song, but I can’t help but keep singing… He reigns, He reigns, He reigns in majesty. I feel so comforted in knowing that our Lord reigns over all that is happening in the world right now, and while most of it makes no sense to me… He is still the King, and my heart is raised in glorious symphony to worship the Lord for all of who He is.
While I was praying and singing, Riley jumped into my lap, and wanted to share it with me. Having a smartphone... well, I just wouldn't have captured this moment without it, priceless! Together, we felt the peace of the Lord in His creation around us, as we prayed for those in need of the protecting hand of the Lord as Hurricane Irma barreled down the coastline of Florida.
Do you find comfort in the simple things, the lovely things around you?
Simple beauties of these flowers fill my heart with joy.
Riley felt the comfort and peace of the Lord... rested her head on my journal, and went to sleep. And I knew... the Lord had heard us, and we could rest in the comfort of His presence. This verse was made quite real to me in that moment...
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD,
He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
Again, another moment captured with the smartphone... my sweet little girl and I just praising, worshiping, and talking with the Lord.
The peace and quiet didn't last real long... we had another visitor, that immediately captured Riley's attention... and soon mine too.
This little squirrel and I have become quite good friends. She will come and just sit on the garden fence post and watch me, only becoming vocal when Riley comes into view.
Riley and I weren't going anywhere as we prayed, and so... the squirrel decided to stretch out and hang out for the long haul, lol!
The squirrel began to sass Riley, and it quite offended her. It would me too, I guess, if I understood, lol!
Whatever was being communicated between Riley and Miss Sassy (that's what I'm going to call her, ha!) it was quite entertaining to listen to.
Soon enough, it was time to get back to the business of life, but I was thankful for time spent with the Lord, and for the visits with my animal friends, and just knowing that Our Lord Reigns... no matter what disasters and calamities come upon us, we can find peace and calm in the midst of the storm, In Him.