Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 21
When I was writing my monthly column for Angie’s List Magazine recently I interviewed Madeline, of Madeline, Paws and Claws Pet Sitter. This article, due out in the December issue of AL Magazine, is about arranging for the care of plants when going on vacation.
What stuck me was when Madeline said that one of her clients had many plants and their care was extremely important to them. “These plants are a part of their family,” she said.
Well here I am, a confirmed gardener…a hort-a-holic even, and I’ve never thought about plants being a part of my family. And yet, when we think of what family is and does, how could we not include plants in that grouping? Family supports and sustains us. Family helps us in times of need. We often give our all to our family, and our plants and gardens return that, repeatedly, to us.
Now, I haven’t provided for my plants in my will, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t really important in my life. As I walked through my gardens today I was totally, and completely, filled with gratitude for what they offered: beauty, joy and connectedness. Family.