Color inspiration is ready to pick in my garden today as the berries are ripe. Here is one of my very favorite color combinations: red and green. Complementary colors, they enliven each other. And you can really see this fact here in my raspberry patch. I can barely keep up with picking fruit, a happy problem to have! We also have blueberries, marion berries, and rhubarb coming on.
I am a mulch gardener. I hate weeding and watering. The mulch moderates the moisture of the soil and keeps the weeds down. And I love the look and smell of the straw on the garden.
The far bed on the left is dedicated to growing tomatoes. Summer is still young and the all of the plants are still in the neat and tidy stage. But soon they will be reaching out into the paths and into each other’s spaces. My job is to figure out how to eat everything when it is ready to be picked. I am growing a lot of swiss chard, which tastes similar to spinach. Steamed chard has been on the menu for several weeks now, and I love it!
Basil is also ready to pick and make into pesto sauce. This is one of the highlights of the growing season for me. How I wish that I could synchronize the season and get ripe tomatoes right now! But they are weeks away from being ready to pick.
I like to make room for a few flowers in my vegetable patch, and here are the morning-glory vines, almost ready to add a splash of color to the middle of the garden.
I look out on the garden as I write this post, through my studio window. And as nature seems to know just what to do without any prompting from me, each seed knows what to become, each shrub knows which berry to make, so I know what I am here to do. I am nourished by beauty and color, and because of it I am inspired to create my art, my crafts. So blessed I am to let it flow naturally from my heart!
What inspires you today? ~ Karen