I absolutely adore our little Urban Garden.
Each morning I start my day in the garden. I start the hot water and then step outside into my little slice of paradise. I find it is one of the best ways for me to start the day as I instantly enter into a state of meditation. I don't know which grows more, the garden or the gardener. It's always teaching me new lessons.
My garden has taught me patience. It's taught me to have faith. To have will and determination.
I've seen a plant look completely dead, literally not a green leaf to be found and a brown lifeless stem. Somehow, someway it had the will to live and was determined to fruit again. Sure enough, almost all of our plants survived a mild SoCal winter and are in bloom for their SECOND season! It never seizes to amaze me (or my dad!)
Life is so fragile, one moment the plant is strong and vigorous and then the next moment weak and frail. At times I lose hope and think all is lost, but then out of nowhere the plant comes back stronger than before! This can be true of humans too! What has your garden taught you?
Before the plant passes it flowers so it may spread its seed and multiply. I think the love we show people can be like spreading seeds. Do you?
The garden is a place to be still, quiet and just be. In that moment I've spent precious moments with nature. I've had a hummingbird come so close to me I honestly thought it was going to touch me! What special moments have you shared in nature?
One day I dream of owning a plot of land where I can garden until my heart is content. I want to be able to grow all of my food. A couple of years ago Jerry and I spent some time in the NW corner of Arkansas. I first cried when I learned we were staying longer than a week but soon fell madly in love with the state. They call it the Natural state. There is an adventure waiting around every corner. The wildlife is stellar and I can't wait to go back. While we were there some friends did a trade with us, our end was to build a garden. We'd only been dying to build one since we arrived so we jumped in full force. I didn't know what I was getting into. LOL! It was a lot of rocks! It was back-breaking labor but honestly worth every second of it! We started a bit late and it was getting cold quick. We gathered as much as we could before the frost came and enjoyed what we could.
The fall came and it with it 30 degree nights and decreasing!
We high tailed it back to CA!
And here we are almost 2 years later thankful for our little urban garden!
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