Do you know what I keep on thinking about? How easy life can be lived with simple pleasures which require creativity and passion. It is hard to believe, even for myself, that an hour in my garden, without any disturbances, is enough for deep rejuvenation. And my lavender plants make it so worthy with their sweet, lingering fragrance.
This is one of my new lavender plants. My older lavender plants did not grow this year and I was very disappointed. To make up for my disappointment, I bought some new ones. They grew rapidly and surprised me when they bloomed towards the end of summer. One of my favourite moments in the day is gently pulling at the sprigs with my fingers and slightly crushing them to release the sweet fragrance, which lingers on my fingers for quite a while afterwards. Each time I do this, I am reminded of the quote by Mark Twain which states: “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” How profound and deep.
To make the experience more magical and intimate, sometimes I light a candle next to the lavender plants in the purple candleholder. At dusk, the lit candle makes the garden look ever so inviting and enchanting.
So here is a little postcard for you with a lavender sprig to soothe your soul and a candle to light your path. Be well. Enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Where beauty does not exist, create it.