A Glorious Defeat–My August Garden in the Shenandoah Valley

bright lights cosmosThe garden has gone to flowers, abuzz with bees and fluttering  butterflies. We can barely wend our way through the forest of blossoms. Corn battles to survive, potatoes are there for the digging, squash hangs on, and pumpkin vines wind and weave. I make forays to free the herbs; some are perfectly able to compete with this jungle, but not all, and those must be rescued. My salad patch needs work, and I will recover and replant it. Meanwhile, we enjoy a spectacular display. And it’s prompted me to consider giving in and growing a riot of color, and buying more of our vegetables at Farmer’s Markets.  Flowers feed the soul. Almost all the ones I grow are heirloom varieties.  Elise got some super pics. Our garden is below. Bright Lights Cosmos pictured above. Sunflowers abound.

flowers in garden and our old red barn

“Earth laughs in flowers.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I like to think a flower opens itself to outgrow its plantedness.  That it yearns to be carried away.”  ~Author Unknown

“A flower can not blossom without sunshine, and man can not live without love.”
 ~Max Muller

“For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.” ~David Herbert Lawrence

black eyed Susans and Rudibeckia

*Black-eyed Susans and heirloom zinnias. Bright lights cosmos above.

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”  ~Iris Murdoch

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”  ~Beverly Nichols

black eyed Susans and Rudibeckia

“Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.”  ~John Ruskin

“Flowers really do intoxicate me.” ~Vita Sackville-West

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”  ~Gerard de Nerval

“Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?”  ~Maurice Maeterlinck

heirloom cockscomb

Crimson celosia, heirloom variety

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” ~Susan Polis Shutz

“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.”  ~Robert Leighton
“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.  They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.”  ~Lydia M. Child

nicotiana and black eyed susans

Nicotiana, sweet scented heirloom variety

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”  ~Claude Monet

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”  ~Claude Monet

garden in August

6 responses to “A Glorious Defeat–My August Garden in the Shenandoah Valley

  1. Gorgeous, Beth! How do you find time to write?!!


  2. Beautiful, just beautiful, Beth!


  3. Those are just beautiful. I so love flowers.
    Sue B


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