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The 30 Day Challenge – Day 4

Today I am grateful that gardening distracts me from the “noise” of life. Everything seemingly blocked out while I focus on the garden chores at hand, no other outdoor past-time has afforded me this form of escapism from the daily grind. I didn’t start to garden with this in mind, I now acknowledge it as a beneficial “side-effect” of gardening, a surprise really, as I had thought that gardening would be the ideal time during which to contemplate … but when I garden, the “noise” in my head is quietened without effort – and for that I am grateful.


Photo: Agapanthus. Another wonderful indigenous (native) plant I have growing in my garden is Agapanthus, which is commonly known as “Lily of the Nile”.

Agapanthus is not a lily, and all of the species are native to South Africa from the cape to the Limpopo River. According to Wikipedia, species boundaries are not clear in the genus, and in spite of having been intensively studied, the number of species recognized by different authorities varies from 6 to 10. The type species for the genus is Agapanthus africanus. A great many hybrids and cultivars have been produced and they are cultivated throughout warm areas of the world

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“.

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

10 replies on “The 30 Day Challenge – Day 4”

So true, Christine. I love how you speak to the ‘noise’ that is quieted as we work and dream in the garden. It is quite therapeutic. Your capture is beautiful!

my Makhaya is covered! only one Aggies is open, but buds, HUGE ones, on all the rest! yes, it’s gonna be a good year! All this lovely rain, and hot sunny days to follow… Going to be beautiful.

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