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Homestead Photojournal: 6.20.21

BLOOM TIME

Clematis blooming on the windmill

June on the homestead is not all about work. Certainly there is an abundance of work to be done--more that we will ever accomplish in the time given to us each day. But not every plant grown on our land is for food. Some are grown for their benefit to pollinators. Some grow wild, with no assistance from us. And some are for the pure pleasure of the color they bring to the landscape. The roses that line the walkway and catch the morning sun in the front yard, the clematis that twine their way up the windmill, the berries and herbs with their delicate blooms, the geraniums and bluebells, penstemon and coreopsis, daylilies, lavender, and irises--each one is worthwhile simply because it is beautiful. Beauty has intrinsic value.



orange daylily blooms


lavender geraniums bloom in the foreground with rainbow roses behind

brilliant coral penstemon flowers

clusters of lacy white wild clematis blooms


culinary sage flowers in the herb garden

clematis twines its way up the windmill as a trellis

feverfew grows wild around the base of the sunroom foundation


sunlight illuminates every fiber and bead of water on an iris


a purple iris has layers of delicate color within its petals

white clover is turning the lawn into a meadow


buttercups spring up voluntarily around the old hand pump

numerous bushes of purple lavender buds are about to open into fragrant blooms

cranesbill geraniums thrive in shady corners of the garden

rainbow roses open from coral buds into pink blossoms that fade into pale pink and then white


"See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Matthew 6:28-29


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