As November begins its slide into December, and the garden surrenders to the frosts, I like to look back on the flowers of the summer.
We had a terrible drought in southern Wisconsin this year accompanied by blistering heat. I didn't anticipate this, of course, when pleasantly warm March inspired me to spend quite a bit of money buying plants for the flower bed. I love to photograph flowers and many of them were chosen this year especially for that purpose.
These little gems were very small, barely half an inch across, and so enchanting in their little nursery pots.
Alas, the heat took its toll and despite all my watering and care, most of the plantings failed miserably. They struggled valiantly but by the time the weather finally cooled, it was too late for them to come back.
They looked their most charming here, fresh from the nursery, waiting to be placed in their beds.
Gardeners and photographers are optimists, though. We may have failed this time, but there will be another opportunity, another spring, another shot. We'll try again next year!
© 2012 Vicki DeGruy, all rights reserved.