One of the Quiet Joys of Summer

Several weeks ago, I wrote about my flowerbeds. I posted photos of special blooms and shared lessons about what my favorite garden spots were teaching me this year.

Things were looking good out there, and there was no reason to think the summer wouldn’t hold many more enjoyable gardening moments.

Not too long after that, though, life took an unexpected turn and suddenly became full of significantly more pressing matters. I spent much of June visiting my mom in the hospital, first in Kansas City and now in the city where I live.

Hours in the garden have been few and far between, and so have writing hours.

I’m not turning this into a photography blog—I lack the skills to do that, for one thing, and fashioning thoughts into words on a page (or screen) is much more rewarding for me. But this summer, I’m giving myself grace to relax and mostly publish posts that don’t require much time.

So here we are, celebrating the Fourth of July with a photo spread featuring one of the quiet joys of summer—red impatiens.

In May, I bought a flat of 50 and spent the next week or two finding homes for all of them. They’re doing well, bringing pops of color to the front porch, the pool deck and the shady side of the house.

Tending to them in the cool of the evening calms my scrambled thoughts and brings peace to my sometimes-troubled heart.

Turns out, some of the best forms of therapy are often right outside our own back doors.

Happy 4th of July!


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23 Responses to One of the Quiet Joys of Summer

  1. Red is my favorite color. Your pictures make me smile!

  2. Crystal says:

    Some of my best therapy is also in the garden, and I love being in a home for so long that the landscape is totally different now from all the planting and tending. As Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing!”

    • Lois Flowers says:

      I love that too, Crystal. We’ve lived in our current home for six years (the longest we’ve ever lived in one place) and it’s fun to look back at old pictures of the jungle that used to be the backyard!

  3. Linda Stoll says:

    i love those little red babies peeking out from that strawberry pot … the bird bath … the wooden box. Just too fun …


    • Lois Flowers says:

      Linda, the wooden box is actually about 12 feet long and used to be the step out of my back door! When Randy built a new deck, I salvaged the step with visions of turning it into a planter full of impatiens. Three summers later, it’s finally happened. 🙂 Hugs, friend!

  4. I feel refreshed and relaxed reading your words and seeing your lovely yard. Praying you find time to refresh even in the midst of difficult times.

  5. I love your peaceful photos, Lois! The red impatiens surely love the shade in your yard. Thanks for sharing this peek into your world!

    • Lois Flowers says:

      Thanks, Sarah. I used to have big dreams of filling my pots with all kinds of annuals, but now, I enjoy those types of arrangements at at other people’s houses and stick with my one favorite at home! 🙂

  6. They are so bright and lovely, Lois!

  7. Joanne Viola says:

    I loved this post! It was beautiful in word and in photos. It is wonderful when God provides just what we need to calm our thoughts and bring us peace. May He continue to do so for you!

    • Lois Flowers says:

      Thank you, Joanne. I know what you mean about those times when God gives just what we need … the simplest things can be the biggest blessings, can’t they? 🙂

  8. Teresa says:

    The red impatiens look lovely.

  9. I love impatiens — and also the way you are rolling with the curves life has thrown you this summer. Blessings to you as you enjoy ALL the colors of this wonderful following life.

  10. Lesley says:

    The flowers are beautiful and it must be lovely to see those touches of colour everywhere. I’m glad you’re finding it therapeutic too. Hope you have a great 4th July!

  11. Angela Ariola says:

    I can totally relate to that! I was expecting a peaceful (maybe even boring summer) and then so much happened. Cameron graduated college and moved to KC and then my mom went into the hospital. Everything is better now and I pray that it is for you as well. Your flowers are lovely!

    • Lois Flowers says:

      Thanks, Angela. I can’t believe Cameron is old enough to be done with college … crazy! And of course I have to add … if you are ever in town visiting him, I would love to see you. 🙂

      • Angela Ariola says:

        I’m sure we will be visiting within the next month or two! I would love to see you as well! I will let you know when we come to visit.

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