Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dramatic Skies (or, Why I Love Gardening)

I am an editor by nature (and probably nurture, but we aren't looking at that today).  Editing is what I do, be it gardening, writing, or taking photographs to share here.

Happily I have an entry-level, you'll pardon the expression, "garden variety" editing function that is part of the photography processing and storage program I use.

Today I am ignoring nature and technology both, to post The Rare Un-edited.

Because it had been so beautiful yesterday morning, I had my camera in hand as the sun rose.  There were gray low lying clouds waiting in place along the horizon.  As I watched, the light went all to pinks and purples. This is what it looked like gazing East this morning from my top deck.  Unedited.
Autumn, you are one dramatic sonofabitch
Occasionally, I lose sight of the best part of gardening (for me).  It isn't the wildlife. I love the company and feel obligated not to mess with creatures who always have (and hopefully always will) live here.  I want these spaces we share to be welcoming, but that does not drive me.

It isn't even the plants.  The more I learn, the more I realize: a lot of my plants choices here have been spectacularly poor.  Much of my gardening success has been luck of the draw and I'm looking to change that.  I'm working to get these spaces (re)populated with plants that theoretically would be growing here anyway.  I do have a certain look I'm aiming towards, one I find pleasing.  But any "plants and planting" motivation is seasonal, at best.

What is at the center of why I so deeply appreciate and avidly pursue gardening?  Gardening gets me outside and gives me things to do there that keep me outside.  The approach I take requires some constant level of my attention to be focused on everything going on outside of our house, from curb to shining curb.

"Everything" of course, including the skies this morning.  Which I am taking another cup of coffee outside right this minute, to sit and stare at some more.


Rebecca Newcomb said...

Wow - that sky is breathtaking! I don't think I've ever seen shades of pinky/peachy/orangy like that before...and combined with the purple - stunning! Gardening is such a spiritual experience...appreciating nature and all creation.

Tina said...

Such a beautiful post, Deb. Outside.
I've been waking earlier since my son returned to school. I'd forgotten how special that first part of the day is. I also saw that sunrise yesterday, coffee cup in hand. It is a good way to begin the day.

Kris Peterson said...

Gorgeous sunrise. I caught one myself a few weeks ago and was left wondering why I don't get up and outside before dawn more often.

TexasDeb said...

Rebecca: I find it hard to explain to people who don't garden why I want to spend my time doing it. Gardeners, on the other hand, already know what I'm talking about!

TexasDeb said...

Tina: I have a more open view of the sunrise most of the year, and I've come to deeply appreciate that time of day. Nearly/Empty nesting hath its rewards.

TexasDeb said...

Kris: I'm not sure if I was a deeper sleeper how many sunrises I'd catch. I'm not though, so I do. : )

Debra said...

I keep trying to find the words. Spectacular keeps popping up but it is insufficient. I'll just say, "Thank you," instead.

TexasDeb said...

Debra: The only credit goes to a morning sky that was its own limit. I'll be out tomorrow morning too of course, though I'm leaving my camera behind for a bit. Just going to soak it all in.

dryheatblog said...

Glad for your sunrise / sunset pics...ours' have been pretty lame as of late. This one really had so many warm tones in it, so deep.

TexasDeb said...

DHB/David: Most of the rest of our morning skies have been merely lovely (as opposed to breathtaking!) but that morning was extraordinary. I wanted to share it with folks who might have been too busy or stuck indoors. Glad you enjoyed it.

Pam/Digging said...

I found your explanation of why you garden interesting, particularly that isn't about the plants. I recently shocked my friend Diana by telling her the same thing: that I'm not really that into the plants. Oh, I definitely like them, and I go crazy over certain ones, like beautiful agaves. But it's not the main driver of why I garden. I guess for me it's the pursuit of a beautiful design and the creation of a pleasing scene -- one that changes with the seasons. I like playing with design indoors too, but I love the challenge of designing with living things and, well, nature is much more beautiful than a house interior will ever be.

TexasDeb said...

Pam: Great minds, working alike again. : )

I love creating vignettes - indoors and especially outside - though as I get some of the beds more established they won't be so easily tweaked. And you are right - watching the changes as driven by the seasonal weather is about the best show in town.