Do you plant a few flowers in your vegetable garden?
I always put some marigolds in amongst the tomatoes, and my dear mother-in-law taught me to plant a row of gladiola bulbs in the veggie patch. This summer I have some volunteer sunflowers that I let grow up in the onions.
There's just something magical in a few bright orange marigolds
peeking out here and there
or towering gladiola stalks lording their beauty
over mounds of green vegetables.
For mine is just a little old-fashioned garden
where the flowers come together
to praise the Lord
and teach all who look upon them
to do likewise.
If you would like to read some of the most beautiful words about flowers and gardens, you'll be delighted with An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter.