All It Takes


All it takes is a few cloudy days to appreciate that the shining sun is a miracle.


All it takes is no rain for an extended period to realize that rain keeps the world alive.


All it takes is days over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit to yearn for the normals of ninety.


All it takes is a night of poor sleep to remember the bliss of falling exhausted into a soft bed.


All it takes is a gentle breeze after utter stillness to breathe it all in deeply.


All it takes is for the least little thing to go awry to show us how fragile this whole setup is.


Life is too short, as my mother always said. Live it to the fullest and don’t look back. Onward, and be humbly thankful for what we have.

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The photos:
1. Stained glass waterlily
2. Glass art by Barbara Sanderson
3. Angelonia angustifolia ‘Angelface® White’
4. Rudbeckia triloba
5. Purple cabbage ‘Ruby Perfection’
6. Crepe myrtle ‘Royal Velvet’, Lagerstroemia indica ‘Royal Velvet’
7. Calendula officinalis ‘Pacific Beauty’
Frances

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13 Responses to All It Takes

  1. Amen, I say!

    Thanks Jack. Sometimes I get reflective…
    Frances

  2. Beautiful.

    Thanks Kathy.

  3. Carol says:

    All it takes is a post from Faire Garden to set the day off on the right foot!

    What a sweet thing to say, thanks Carol! The same goes for May Dreams Gardens!
    Frances

  4. Hurray for the sun! (And the stained glass water lily!)

    Thanks Lucy. We usually get lots of sunshine here in the summertime. This year has been weirder than ever. When the sun was shining one day, it was like….a ray of sunshine.
    Frances

  5. If we are counting our blessings this morning, Frances, finding you and this beautiful blog are on my list.

    Thank you, Georgia, very much! I appreciate you and all my readers, both those who leave comments and those who do not.
    Frances

  6. Layanee says:

    Would the sunshine seem as bright if there were never a rainy day? We had a good amount on Saturday. It was lovely.

    Hi Layanee, thanks. That was the point I was trying to get across. I need that sun on my face, but also need the rain. We are lucky to have both.
    Frances

  7. So true! I feel the same way. When life gets too busy, a walk through the garden always brings things into perspective.

    Thanks for adding in, blond gardener. What would we do without the gardens, they ground us.
    Frances

  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Yes, this summer has been full of life lessons. Lessons to make you appreciate what you do have.

    It has been a tough summer for so many, Lisa. But we still have plenty to be thankful and happy about.
    Frances

  9. One of the things I most love about gardening is how it does seem to open my mind to reflection and gives me time to count my blessings.

    That is so true, Michaele. The garden takes us to another, better place and frame of mind.
    Frances

  10. Kathleen says:

    SO, SO true Frances!

    Thanks Kathleen.

  11. Wise words to live by and be happy as a result!

    Yes, Donna, it is easier to be happy when we are also thankful.
    Frances

  12. Rose says:

    Wonderful words of wisdom, Frances! And your garden is the perfect place to comtemplate the ups and downs of life.

    Thanks Rose. Thank goodness for the garden, it feeds my soul.
    Frances

  13. Ambius says:

    Such an eloquent and well illustrated post. Gardening is definitely soul food.

    Simon @Ambius

    Thanks, Simon, for those kind words. My soul certainly needs to garden!
    Frances

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