Collecting Seeds

I’ve been collecting seeds this week, hollyhocks & nasturtiums, and it has reminded me again of how much the garden can teach us. Gardens are about looking forward, having the patience to wait for beauty and abundance, and believing that the day will come when the tiny seeds you plant will bloom and fruit. Collecting seeds, and storing them for the seasons to come, is an act of hope, really. It’s saying that I believe I will be here next season to plant them, that these little seeds will produce the plant or the fruit that will delight and nourish, that the soil and sun and water will continue providing for our little blue planet in the same way that they always have, for my grandparents, my

Father's Day Dining

Having a lovely garden makes dining in the backyard so much more delightful. This Father’s Day we celebrated with a cook out on the patio as we enjoyed the beauty of the garden, the sounds of the birds, and the company of the little lizards scurrying across the pavers. My favorite thing about entertaining al fresco is setting the table with flowers from the garden, and my special patio china. You can see in the picture, the china plate, gold handled utensils, yellow jacquard napkins, and a soft green tablecloth to celebrate the season. The china, called Aynsley Cottage Garden, reminds me of my Aunt Anna’s china in South Dakota, and the many fancy dinners she hosted in her lush green backyard

Gardens: Beginnings and Endings

Gardening keeps you in touch with the beginnings and endings of things in a very real way. And for me, this blog is a new beginning in my life in many ways too. As I begin this new adventure in my garden, I also end four decades in the education profession, where I was teacher, administrator, and professor. It’s time to focus on other passions, and I look forward to spending slow time in the earth, watching the beginnings of little green things growing, and sharing my joy with you. My youngest daughter, who has been instrumental in getting me up and running on my garden blog, is experiencing her own new beginning as she flies to the East Coast today to follow her bliss and take up a great jo

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