From The Earth
April 22 2021
As a tribute to Earth Day, rather than a specific plant, I wanted to share a picture of one of my gardens (from last year). The rainbow was very cooperative! Though this garden is only 4 years old, I am not a young gardener. In fact, my last post was the year I was born. But the gardens keep me young at heart, if that phrase is not overused; every new spring I can hardly contain my excitement for every flower coming back like an old friend. Many, many flowers have come with me through (thick and thin?) yes, that, too, but also literally from my first garden in Wyoming forty years ago and through 4 more gardens. Designing new gardens is one of my passions, probably why I never minded moving and starting over. Ideas overflow. Literally hundreds and hundreds of perennials, shrubs, and trees, not to mention vegetables and herbs fill gardens that surround my house and spill over onto our farms. And still I go to the greenhouses with anticipation that I may find yet another plant that I am sure will fit somewhere!
So here it is, spring again and the daffodils, squill and pasqueflowers are blooming and I will have flowers through October. I will bring lilacs in like spring itself, I will make salsa from tomatoes and peppers and eat freshly picked sweet corn this summer, and I will be happily exhausted and sit in the porch swing with a well-earned cold drink. I use herbs medicinally, and flowers too perhaps, because everything in the gardens helps me through difficult times. I feel calm in the gardens, I feel a part of the cycle of life-a small part, my trees will outlive me but that too is as it should be. I learned to see, truly see, beauty by looking closely at the amazing details in every plant and flower. Though it's sometimes easy to forget, we are so darned lucky to have our time on this earth. I hope everyone has a chance to feel such good fortune. Here's to many more years in the gardens.