A Little Bit of Sunshine in Your Life

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”                                                                        – attributed to Hans Christian Andersen.

Sunshine literally brightens the day and the garden we have lived and worked in for over thirty years can look sparkling on those clear blue-skied mornings of autumn.

My morning view as I eat breakfast – with sunshine and clear skies it is all the more attractive

A bright scene outside the window, the sun lighting up a tree or catching a flower can attract us and show us the garden in a manner which makes it look fresh and novel again.

Acer negundo ‘Kelly’s Gold’ in the background always catches the morning light very well
Crataegus prunifolius, a very thorny hawthorn,  has been the first to give a good display  of autumn colour and has begun to drop its leaves.

A  tree may simply be a tree but with a change of light it is completely a different picture, a different experience and another aspect of the garden year – there is always change and it is good to enjoy the various moods and moments…if only as a relief and a balance to cutting hedges!

Blue skies, sunshine!
Colchicum autumnale (4)
Colchicum autumnale catching the light


8 thoughts on “A Little Bit of Sunshine in Your Life

  1. While I sometimes long for a climate with reliable year-round sunshine, I think our gardens would be dull without seasonal and day-to-day change. Your autumn garden is looking fresh and beautiful despite the trying summer you had, Paddy (and Mary!).

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    1. The garden looks better now that it did during the summer. It has recovered somewhat with the cooler days and the little rain we have had. We will have to wait until spring to assess losses from this year’s drought. In the meantime we will enjoy what we have.


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