Allowing the unexpected

It’s early October, so I’m not surprised to see the signs of cooler weather in the garden.

The rosy tones of autumn are dotting Hydrangea inflorescence. I grow these shrubs for their fall and winter presence as much as the summer spectacle. They are the expected stars of fall.

This morning I noticed something unexpected — a single, swelling bud of Hibiscus ‘Dark Mystery’. By October, I’d normally worry that overnight frost might zap this entire plant into a sad pile of mush. Here she is, ready to open another dinner plate of beauty.

I enjoy predictability in my life, a reasonable sense of daily order and balance. I’ve learned, though, that some of the simplest joys come from allowing for the unexpected.