Thursday, July 03, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Create Sunshine

I picked up a parcel from the post office yesterday.  I had no idea who it was from or what it was.  Imagine my happy excitement to discover that the package was soft.  It had to contain fabric, that much I was sure of.  Then I realized this package had come from Amy at The Calico Cat.   I could hardly wait to get home and open it!

I sent her an email last night because I was puzzled.  Why did she send me this wonderful fabric?  She said it was just a random act of kindness.  A Random Act of Kindness?  OMG!!!  It was much more than that!  It lifted my spirits.  It brought me joy.  Just to think that someone was thinking about me made me happy.  It was like a ray of sunshine!  If you are reading this, Amy, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I know this fabric will go to good use.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And in keeping with this jungle and sunshine theme, let me show you some of my garden.  It is like a jungle out there.  We had a very late spring and I was not able to plant anything until the first of June.  My little plants looked so pathetic.  But then it rained and rained and rained some more.  My plants grew quickly and now they look like this.

The plants in front, growing on that trellis-like thing are cucumbers.  You can tell by the bird feeder that they are at least 3 to 4 feet tall.

These are my tomato plants with some bean poles in the back.  I have never had such tall tomato plants at the beginning of July.  There are lots of flowers and even some tiny green tomatoes on these vines.  Can't wait for them to ripen so I can take a huge bite of this delicious fruit!

Sorry, this post is getting longer and longer, but I want to show you some of my sunshine.  These are the yellow flowers that are blooming in my garden at the moment.

Yellow Day Lilies

True Lilies grown from bulbs.  The yellow colour means gaiety.

And these are Rudbeckia in my back garden.

I bought this plant at the beginning of our planting season.  It was sitting on a table with the Echinacea or cone flowers and I thought it was one of those.  I lost several Echinacea plants in our cold winter and I wanted to replace them.  I was very disappointed when I got home and read the tag.  They were Rudbeckia and I had lots of those already.

But this variety is called Iris Eyes and the centre is not black, but green.  The bright yellow flowers really light up that dark spot in my garden.  I am really happy that I made the mistake of picking this plant up and planting it.  It has turned out to be gorgeous!  It is one of my favourite plants at the moment.

There are many more yellow flowers in my garden, but this post is getting too big, so I will stop for today.  Thanks again Amy!  You are terrific!


KaHolly said...

Oh, my goodness!! You have evidence of sunshine everywhere!! What a lucky girl! Your gardens are beautiful and that fabric is fun, fun, fun!!

Exuberant Color said...

I have never seen that variety of rudbeckia. My dark center ones have lots of buds and look like they will bloom soon. Your growing season has been very similar to ours with the cool May and lots of rain in June.

Wacky Woman said...

I'm not surprised that you got a surprise in the mail. You lift our spirits with you wonderful posts!

Mary K said...

I agree with everyone. You are sunshine.

em's scrapbag said...

I love yellow flowers. Yours are making me oh so happy.

dutchcomfort said...

Such a lovely surprise in the mail!

Your garden pictures are happy and beautiful!

julieQ said...

What a lovely garden you have!! Happy fourth!!