Now that the weather is cooling a bit and things aren't struggling to survive - yes, even the heat loving zinnia struggled to catch a breath in August - the buds are prolific on the zinnia and marigold and even the daylilies are sending up a scape or two. In fact, there are a few daylilies that are sprouting new growth on the scapes and I couldn't be more tickled! Quick and easy new plants without coaxing seedlings!
The buds on the zinnias are things I'd never contemplated but as I was deadheading and saving seed heads for next year (yikes! I'm already thinking 'next year'!?!), these buds reminded me of eyeliner (I know, my brain goes in funny directions) and how precise the edges are. Nature doesn't get terribly sloppy but seems to have a sense of purpose and direction and a reason for doing what it does. There's a protection in the tightness of the bud and a slow unfolding in a uniform manner.
The rhythm of the scallops inspire me to move my metalwork in a softer, more rhythmic direction - somehow in metalwork, we anticipate a hard edge and softening the edges is the unexpected.
Softening, protecting and unfolding. Words for the day.