“The ‘Amen!’ of Nature is always a flower.”

I know it is very late for me, but I have all sorts of reasons. Last night I went to bed quite late, or early depending upon your perspective, and so I slept in until 10. At the CARE Center, an emergency 24-7 animal hospital, there was a plant sale, and I wanted to go. The money from the sale is for the Sampson Fund which helps people who can’t afford to pay vet bills and it also pays for the vet bills of abandoned, hurt animals. I filled my trunk with herbs and plants. My next stop was Dunkin’ Donuts as I had left the house before my coffee. I got my coffee and also a butternut donut which had been saved for me by a former student. When I got home, it was read the papers, have another cup of coffee and share my donut with Gracie time. That brings us to now.

The day is perfectly lovely with lots of sun and a blue sky dotted with clouds. It’s an outside day so Agway is definitely in my future. Those plants I bought this morning have caused a cascade effect. I want more.

My family was never really into gardens when I was a kid. My father planted mostly pansies in the front of the house in what was a very small garden. When we moved to the cape, he was still pretty much an indifferent gardener. I don’t even remember flowers. The house they moved to when I was in the Peace Corps was where flowers bloomed. My mother had her garden right outside the kitchen table windows. In it was a bird bath and a statue of St. Francis with his hands out holding seeds and several varieties of flowers of all different heights. My dog Maggie loved to visit that garden, and I was forever pulling her out and replacing the wire fence. The front by the house had all sorts of plants, and the window boxes were beautiful with flowers filling them and ivy hanging from them. Every Mother’s Day we bought my mother gift certificates to a nursery.

When I bought my own house, a sense of pride forced me to start a garden in the front. My parents came to visit and brought plants as a gift. My dad planted them, and those plants are still there. My brother and his then girl friend gave me a forsythia tree as a gift, and that too is still in the front garden, and an offshoot is down the street in my friends’ yard. The garden is in the same spot as when I bought the house, but I have moved the fence behind it so people can see my garden. I am that proud of it. The perennials have already appeared as have the lilacs in a side garden. This year I will add some vegetables to a raised bed in the backyard and plant herbs in the deck boxes which sit on the rail.

I have become a gardener.

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8 Comments on ““The ‘Amen!’ of Nature is always a flower.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The day started out rather nice but now wind blows, it rains and itยดs just about the right temperature for a fire in the stove ๐Ÿ™‚

    Even I would have bought plants if I knew that it would help poor people and abandoned animals. I would just have had to put the plants in quarantine long enough to know there were no spanish slugs in them ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Well I am a gardener and have had a nursery so I donยดt have to write anything more about that ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day now!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Our day ended up cold and damp by the early afternoon. I had to turn the heat on for a while to warm the house.

      Luckily I don’t have yo worry about the slugs.

      I knew you had been a gardener and am always so impressed by what you know and how you do your own flowers and garden.

  2. Hedley Says:

    We are waiting patiently for Memorial weekend so that we can safely plant our annuals. Significant parts of our garden will need to be re landscaped after the deer destroyed the yew bushes.
    Too wet and cold in Detroit to even bring out the patio furniture. Back to Dominic Sandbrook’s “State of Emergency” and Emmylou’s new disc which is rather good

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      They tell us not to plant annuals until after Memorial Day as well. Everything I bought today is a perennial with the exception of one plant I brought in with me.

      My furniture stays on the deck, but only Gracie, the birds and the darn squirrels are out there. Mine are quick trips to fill feeders or check on the dog.

  3. john Says:

    I never in my life thought Sandy and I would spend $150 on plants that we could not smoke!

    Life has changed.

  4. Bob Says:

    My maternal grandfather had a green thumb. He grew huge roses in the backyard of row house in Brooklyn. When I was a boy I watched him cut some branches off of a bush and plant them in the empty space between the bush where he cut them and the driveway of our house. He applied a water to the cuttings. In a few months his cuttings turned into a new bush. God blessed me with a purple thumb. Anything I touch in the garden dies. I even gave up cutting the grass because it would die and weeds would replace the grass where I mowed. You

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My sister has a vegetable garden, and I think my cousin does as well, but I can’t think of anyone else. No green thumbs here either though my flowers always seem to do well. It is the soil-little to do with me.


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