Returning from holidays allows you, if only for an instant, to see your gardens as others do. You are eager to inspect every nook and cranny for what is in bloom, for what is thriving. And there are surprises! You look at the positives and only later decide that there are weeds and deadheading to be tackled.
In my case there were other curiosities as well. The arborist had done his work in my absence, the propane workers had switched out the old tank for a new one and done some other needed repairs. The neighbour had cared for indoor plants, friends had tended to the vegetable garden as well. I was impatient for daylight to take my morning walk and survey it all.
The first thing I noticed was the front entryway where my husband had stacked wood and placed a bucket of sunflowers to welcome me back.
The next morning I saw that the potting bench was still full, but that every plant was in fine condition.
Our friend John had come and mowed and also trimmed our Berberis hedge in front of the house! He also guarded the Katsura tree while the workmen were dealing with the old propane tank.
There are also gentians, persicaria, Kirengeshoma palmata, Phlox and other delights.
In shady areas there are blooms and foliage colour as well.
The light in September is so different from when I left just two weeks ago. Here in the vegetable garden, the early morning light hits this obelisk and the asparagus patch at about 7am. The moon is visible in the morning too.
Though I am kept busy watering once again, it has been a warm welcome back! I am still discovering wonderful details each day.