Today I am grateful that gardening allows me to be creative. My beloved grandfather was a talented and prolific artist and it has often bothered me throughout my life that I never cultivated the artist in me. I stopped drawing at some stage and today find it difficult to draw even a simple stick man (ok, that might be an exaggeration, but as I child I could draw and paint. Well. That is something I cannot do today).

But in the garden I can pretend to be an artist! I can be creative and “design” garden beds, I pair different plants for effect, prune shrubs to shapes that appeal … often the results of my gardening creativity are questionable, but I’m learning to be creative in my garden and for that I am grateful.

Japanes Anemone

Photo: Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’. I simply love this easy-to-grow plant which rewards me in my shaded garden with a wonderful display of these gorgeous white blooms dancing high above the plants foliage in late summer to early autumn.

‘Honorine Jobert’ is a vigorous, fibrous-rooted, mounding, compact Japanese anemone hybrid cultivar which typically grows to 3-4′ tall and spreads by creeping rhizomes. Single flowers (2-3″ diameter) with 6-9 overlapping white petaloid sepals and yellow center stamens appear on long, wiry-but-graceful, branching stems over an attractive foliage mound of trifoliate dark green leaves.

About the 30 Day Challenge

Cat of The Whimsical Gardener, has invited Garden Bloggers the world over to join her in the 30 day challenge of posting a photograph and sentiment that you are thankful for – every day for 30 days. Find something you are thankful for every day, for 30 days, can’t be too difficult, can it? See all my posts filed under “30 Day Challenge“.