Imagining SnowAs the temperature rises and it is too hot for gardening I try all manner of things to help me make it through the months of July and August. I tell myself this is our dormancy period, our non gardening time like the deep winter months in other parts of the country. I try to put my garden records in order noting successful efforts and what to plan for next season. When I am really desperate I pretend my white flowers are snow! Once on a visit to San Diego Botanic gardens as I moved from one shady spot to the next I found in full bloom a plant labeled “snow in summer.” The name just grabbed my attention. Snow! Imagining snow in the garden cooled me down.
Many people think a garden of white flowers is designed to reflect the moonlight yet bright moonlight cooperates for only a brief time each month and what if the moon flowers are not yet in bloom? Compare that to every day imagining white flowers as snow! It could cool our thoughts and inspire memories of cooler times!