Life has been busy, a little too busy, the last few weeks. But I’m intent on not letting September and October slip away as they are my favorite months of the year on the Amalfi Coast. I love the close of summer, when the sun is still strong and the sky a brilliant blue. Yet, at night there is that cool breeze winding its way down the mountain valleys that is one of the first signs the season is changing. I haven’t had a chance to enjoy being in the garden much this summer, but my seeming lack of concern isn’t a representation of how much it is in my thoughts. After poking around and looking after a rather dismal garden for just about five years now, I am finally ready to make some major changes. But it is work that will come in its own time, and most of which must be done early next spring.
But, for the moment, the empty pots in the garden needed a little burst of color. I set out bright and early one morning last week to the market in Ravello, and came back with a rather large load of plants and a bag of dirt on my scooter. I’m sure the ride home wasn’t ladylike, but it was a heck of a lot of fun!
I don’t know the names of either of the plants I brought home, but I liked how their color mimicked the bougainvillea blooming in the garden. I filled one pot with these purple flowers above, which make me think of what would happen if a thistle met a mum in a field of sage and fell in love. I open the front gate when I come home to this floral romance, and it makes me smile, even if it’s been a long day.
These are the other plants I bought, and no idea on the name either. No romances here, but I do love the tiny bright purple flowers. Right now the plant is about 10 inches tall, and the flowers should bloom up to about December. I’m hoping they’ll live through the winter, and if so they’ll be rewarded by being transplated to another spot in the garden next spring so I can fill the vases along the walkway with summer flowers.
And, in the meantime, I will keep squeezing in moments each week to work in the garden. It’s a good exercise in breaking the negative habit I have to wait until I have plenty of time to tackle a project. “Plenty of time” rarely comes along, and I know I need to work in small pieces. I’ve discovered that gardening is a wonderful exercise in practicing this new habit, as the rewards are so sweet!
If you have an idea on the names of either of these plants, I’d love to hear! The last two times I’ve shared mystery flowers on Ciao Amalfi, someone has always been able to answer. Here are the latest mysteries to solve!