Today I’m grateful that gardening connects me with nature. Its all to easy to forget about the simple pleasures of nature when your face is glued to a computer screen all day, every day, as mine is. Having a garden that needs attention forces me outside into the fresh air where I get to enjoy the many wonders of owning a garden. And I’m not just referring to the plants, although those are wondrous in themselves.

In the garden I get to enjoy the bees that buzz around, the lovely birds that have become regular visitors, the butterflies I am seeing more of these days and the geckos and … dare I say it, even the spiders. Isn’t nature wonderful? You grow a garden and nature sends you all these delightful visitors – for that I am grateful.

Bee on the crab apple

Photo: Bee on the Crabapple (Malus floribunda).  I love the bees in my garden. There are always, always bees buzzing around my garden. I used to be really scared of bees until I started gardening, now I’ve become so used to them now that they don’t bother me at all.

Malus floribunda, or Japanese flowering crabapple, originates from Japan. It forms a round-headed, small deciduous tree with narrow leaves on arching branches. The flowers are white opening from crimson buds.

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“.