Today marks the 7th anniversary of my return to northern Idaho. I'm no longer at the original house I rented - things change, needs change - but I am still very happy with my decision to relocate here. At my current place, I've enjoyed a mostly private covered back deck where a tub of geraniums have flourished. They got a slow start, not blooming much at the beginning of summer, not at all in July and into August, while the violas and a plant covered in yellow blooms stole the show. By late August, those two started looking spent which was a disappointment because I was spending more time than ever on the deck wanting to enjoy some color.
And then the geraniums started putting forth buds, just a few at first. In the last couple of weeks they have exploded.
They are more colorful and beautiful than I could have hoped for. Fascinating to watch them unfold one small flower at a time...
...until the group of them form a ball of bright color.
They are a nice anniversary present for my soul.