I was feeling very sorry for myself (and my garden) recently, and wondering if using a resource like water for ornamentals is just plain indulgent this year. I'm using very drop of recyclable water that I can, but we all know, it's a drop in the bucket when the earth itself is parched.
And then I saw a pair of goldfinches busily stripping my Green Envy zinnias of their seeds (quite a visual treat against a backdrop of blue rue!). I saw hummingbirds that visit throughout the day sipping from my Black and Blue salvia, and the fuchsia. I saw countless butterflies sampling from Verbena bonariensis, the zinnias, coneflowers, and Buddleia. A chipmunk drinking from one of the many dishes of water I keep amongst the plants. I had not fully grasped how much life my garden has been supporting in a very tough year for wildlife.
Nothing the garden has done all year can compare to what it is doing now--it is helping to sustain life itself. That keeps me going, too