An important feature of any bed and breakfast is the flower garden.
We have enjoyed beautiful blooms all season long. I always put fresh flowers in all the guest rooms. This year I have been anticipating planting fewer annuals in future years and planting more perennials to take their place. A friend told me older people should not bend down as much, that there’s a risk of the retina becoming detached. Don’t want that to happen. Keeping a garden involves physical labor. There’s that, too. Older people are limited in their energy levels. So, I am anticipating less gardening in my future. Which is why I look at the annuals with particular longing this year. I breathe in the wonderful peppery scent of the phlox and the sweetness of the alyssum. I watch butterflies flit from branch to branch. I enjoy the profusion of color that explodes in August, a magnificent climax to a full season of growth. Chez Sven will still have a garden in years to come. It simply will not be MY garden, the way I want it to be. And, that's okay, too.