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Little Summer Wonders

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I came across five or six of these little old soup cans situated on a table on our back porch the other day and I've found myself mindlessly visiting, touching, and photographing them ever since. The plants are small and soft, the cans tall and slim, but rusted and much older. 

There's something about them that I like--maybe it's their size, but there's something resilient about them and the way they are sprouting up even though we sometimes over-water them and then leave them out all day in the blazing Virginia heat.

Rosemary, parsley, basil, oregano, some peppers, and thyme.

Plants simply growing where they are planted is not nearly a work of magic, I know, but it's little tiny things like this that make me stop and feel thankful to be part of this world. To feel the sun beat down on me, to walk barefoot in the grass. To appreciate the texture and color of an old can. To find hope in tiny roots and warm, wet soil--little pots of potential.


  1. I couldn't agree with you more. It all seems like magic to me.


  2. Lovely! I love how rustic they are.

  3. Yum! They seem so easy growing there but whenever I try they die!

  4. My herbs never grow! Maybe I need some Virginia heat. Or maybe I am the worst plant mother ever :).

    Loved his post - really beautifully written. xx

  5. This makes me want to pot new plants in our container garden out back! It's always hard to grow plants when you live in an apartment... but your herbs make me have dreams.

  6. Feeling thankful in those small moments contributes greatly to overall happiness and wellness. I just found your blog recently and am happy to read about and share your little joys.

  7. you know i'm always for those moments that you feel more thankful to be part of the world.

    of course growing things is one of them. it's magic!

  8. i love this post and absolutely everything about your blog! cant wait to read more!

  9. Love the idea of using cans!Great way to recycle. And you can transport them to a coffee can when they get bigger! lol


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