It’s the 4th of July, and the United States of America celebrates its national holiday. This morning, tea in a travel mug, I planted our flag colors, red, white, and blue. Left a little yellow for the rainbow. On Labor Day last year my little planter looked like this, in spring this year like this, and last 4th of July like this. Reggie Darling has the Urns of Darlington. Here in the little California ranch we put out some planters and scrabble around with Dr. Earth’s Rose and Flower fertlizer and a trowel or two.
Sandra Jonas at Recreating Eden gave me the idea to plant a gardenia, writing about her southern garden, “I follow *Margaret Moseley’s advice and have a Gardenia planted every 25 feet or so where conditions allow…the fragrance will permeate the entire garden.” This little guy will live next to my front door, alongside the watering can that has taken up permanent residence on the stoop. Always plan for forgetfulness in midlife, and make it difficult to neglect the things you love.
Happy 4th to all. Onward, as Mr. Morris wrote, always in search of a more perfect union.