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A Thank You Note To My Gardens

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 24

Dear Gardens,

Yesterday I was reminded that sending you a note of appreciation is long overdue. Your presence in my life has been so constant and meaningful that it’s difficult to know where to start.

When I was a child you welcomed me completely. You let me pick your flowers, be embraced by the limbs of your trees, and offered me glimpses into a thousand natural wonders. By the way, I’m sorry I squashed your yew berries and then mixed in the ants that were attracted to them. I thought the ants were icky and killing them made me feel powerful; I was just a kid, and didn’t know better.

Through all of my life you’ve provided me with opportunities for discovery. I hope you know how important this is. To be able to be constantly learning is such a blessing: I’ve come to understand a deeper meaning in the term “unearthing” as knowledge grows from your ground up.

Thank you too for your continual generosity. First you encourage my creativity, and then you’re willing to do your best despite circumstances that are often far from ideal. Finally, when others admire your beauty, you’re willing to let me take the credit when we both know that the acclaim belongs to you.

I could go on about the ways you provide me with good exercise, connections to other people, delicious fresh food, subjects to write or speak about, and a place to meditate, because all of that is valued. These are gifts you continually provide. Running beneath and through all of those offerings are your healing forces that I don’t understand, yet continually benefit from. You always make me feel better.

All in all, the small amount of tending I give to you seems wildly out of proportion to what you provide to me. Although the words seem completely inadequate, know that it comes from my total heart and soul when I say thank you.

C.L.

Thanks for the colorful annuals, tasty vegetables, and flowers for cutting. I so appreciate the bees, wasps and butterflies that visit these beds as well.

Thanks for the perennials and the perfume that wafts from the fragrance garden.

3 Responses to “A Thank You Note To My Gardens”

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    Sandie Parrott:

    Thanks for reminding us all how much our gardens give and give to us.

    Your gardens are very lovely…but I don’t believe you when you say, “The small amount of tending I give to you…” These gardens are lovingly tended…!

    Sandie Parrott

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    Lois de Vries:

    To get the most from our gardening experiences, it’s important to recognize that gardening is a two-way relationship. While WE are having an impact upon the garden, the garden is also having it’s effect on us. Looks as if you’ve been gardening from the inside out for quite a while.

    Regards,
    Lois

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    CL Fornari:

    Sandie,
    I do tend these gardens, but when I think about the amount of time spent on them (five hours a week on average?) compared to the constant gifts the gardens give me, it just seems completely out of proportion! Thanks for noticing that they look good – fortunately the weed piles I tend to leave about aren’t noticeable in these photos.

    Lois – it’s so true. And your comment about gardening from the inside out rings in my head as I write tonight’s blog entry…. thank you.