A Little Yard to Play with Flowers

Reading the whimsical picture book, When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy by Valorie Fisher, to my younger son recently, I found a delightful depiction of my philosophy of gardening:  Plant what you love! Just a few weeks ago, my garden was sleeping.  My friend, who lives in a high rise, asked to see it, but […]

“Blooms” in My September Garden

Has the change in the air given you energy? Are dreams reawakening in your heart? Do you feel a glimmer of holiday anticipation? Then, you have tasted the sweetness of September! The following is a list of “blooms,” some tended, some unexpected, in my actual garden and in the garden of my life during this […]

“Blooms” in My August Garden

August has been a blur of blessings: beach, back to school, boy’s birthday, and blooms! As I was rushing to prepare for the first three blessings in the list, the blossoms caused me to slow long enough to drink in a scent, to admire a swirl of petals, or just to splash their leaves with […]

“Blooms” in My July Garden

July has been gentle this year. We’ve had miraculously cool breezes and refreshing summer rainstorms. There has been no string of days over 100° F. Friends and family have had the energy to visit, and the flowers have had enough pep to welcome them with petaled smiles. Here is a list of “blooms” in my […]

“Blooms” in My June Garden

June has brought warm breezes and refreshing rains.  Ah, sweet summertime— a deep breath, a peaceful dream, unhurried gatherings with family and friends . . . the stuff children’s books are made of!  The pace of life slowed for me to savor the following “blooms” in my garden and in my life this month: Summer […]

Blooms in My May Garden

May was a glorious bouquet.  Stroll with me through my May garden, admiring God’s palette and glimpsing his smile in the petals. The peonies bloomed . . . soft, billowy pillows my eyes like to rest upon!  I once met a woman in Alabama who claimed to have a garden full of peonies.  “My garden,” she said, […]