Quiet moments on the backyard patio this morning revealed the August blooms on the garden wall planter. There is the brilliant red of tiny poppies, geraniums, gerbera daisies, and impatience. The gold and yellows of zinnias and daisies complement the purple and lavender of blue morn petunias and impatience. White puffs of dianthus bring harmony to the colorful palette. It is this aesthetic moment that brings me peace; courage and strength to face challenges. May your "dog days" of summer be full of blooms.