Being Mindful

It’s a foggy mid-August morn in the potager.

A new resolve to be more mindful of my moments took me out earlier this morning than usual. The lawn was soaked with dew, the air was heavy with foggy moisture, and there was an unusual stillness….no lawn mowers, no dogs barking, no traffic, no birds singing. It was lovely! I moved quite slowly, pausing often to survey my surroundings, which although totally familiar, had new things for me to discover.

The fog lent a softness to outlines and colors.

I took deep breaths, in, and out…slowly… and tried to focus my mind on the beauty of the moment…the sights, the smells, the lack of sounds, forming the memories that will sustain me through the winter months. Annoyingly, it was difficult to focus on the moment, and avoid thinking about the rust on the daylilies, which all this lovely, foggy moisture is aiding and abetting. Or to pretend not to notice the holes in the big Blue River II white hibiscus blooms, to immediately put down the camera and search for the culprits (Japanese beetles.) More deep breaths in and out slowly, focus…focus. Be mindful.

The first bloom on one of the new roses in the potager’s interior border.

One of the Heritage Roses’ first buds is opening this morning. I’ll need to look at my records to see which one it is, but be assured it is not as pink as it looks in this photo. Had I waited to go out until the dew has dried, as I often do, I might have missed it!

The east half of the potager in mid-August.

I actually took a few moments to sit on the south bench and to contemplate the bounty that still remains in the potager, and to reflect on the enjoyment it has brought this season. The melon vines continue to climb their trellises and are crossing over the top for the first time ever. The “Wando” peas have grown 10″ already. The newly planted lettuces are showing their vivid colors even in their infancy. Broccoli plants are suddenly showing new growth, and the purple Romano beans are beginning to bloom. It’s an unusual August, and the plants are loving it!

The sunflowers…with fairy clotheslines!

The sunflowers have been glorious. I’m so glad I planted them in the potager’s west interior border. This week, 10″ babies of “Earthwalker” went in to replace the earlier planting, whose seed heads are now being enjoyed by the goldfinches. And I enjoy watching their antics and hearing their chatter, which adds another dimension to the sensual pleasures of the potager. I found it difficult to keep my resolve to be more mindful of my moments, to be grateful for the blessings that abound. Sixty years of being focused on the job list is a hard habit to break, but I’m trying. This morning was a good beginning, and I’m sure I’ll get better with practice!


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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9 Responses to Being Mindful

  1. You have such a beautiful place to be mindful in. Busy times often interfere with taking in all that we have. Your post is a lovely reminder to stop and look. And maybe smell the flowers? 😉

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  2. Beautiful photo! It’s foggy like that here a lot of mornings and it’s also my favorite time to walk the garden. Mindfulness is not one of my strong suits.

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  3. eta712whiteoakcottage says:

    I always enjoy your posts! Your early morning photos and words spoke to me today. I too need to be more mindful and enjoy the moments of wonder in my gardens. Thank-you.

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  4. JOY journal says:

    Your garden looks magical in the dew and fog!

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  5. Jo Shafer says:

    Rarely do we experience fog except sometimes in the fall. I LOVE the effect of soft shrouding in gardens and woods of the South of my earlier years. Nonetheless, I do enjoy the early morning tea and prayer time outside during the summer months. Only October’s chilliness will drive me back inside until the sun’s out later in the day; that’s the time for “afternoon tea” in the garden, a book in my lap, the sun on my back. Ahhhh…..

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  6. Rita Rosol Shields says:

    That is an absolutely lovely post, Carolee. Yes, it is good to be still, to be mindful, to simply be.

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  7. Kay McGinnis says:

    I could gaze at your garden-in-the-fog pictures all day.


  8. onmamasmind says:

    Mindful should be the way of life. And sunflowers are the most life-affirming flowers (they were my wedding bouquet!)

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