Saturday, May 26, 2007

My Garden Secret

I am not a gardener. If you have any doubt about that, simply ask my mother. She used to punish me by making me weed. Ick. However, for some strange reason, I LOVE gardens. So I guess it's a good thing that the man I married loves to putter in the yard. It's also a wonderful thing that the house that we bought last summer is a gardener's paradise. We have 3 established fruit trees (apple, white peach, and pear), a fenced veggie garden which includes a strawberry patch, rhubarb, raspberry bushes, and many flower beds. The tulips and daffodils of early spring were lovely, and right now, the irises and the peonies are breathtaking. I simply adore peonies ~ their warm, spicy scent, and the way the bouquet arranged on my kitchen table greets me as I wander through the house attending to my daily chores.

The kids have helped Daddy plant the veggies. My role has been merely to choose the varieties that we will be harvesting. Fortunately, they seem to have inherited their father's love of dirt and order outside. I have also already conned them into doing all the weeding, pleading my growing belly. They actually enjoy it, though, and fight to be the one tapped to water the seedlings each evening.

So, now, all I have to do is supervise, and wait (impatiently) for those first fruits to ripen, and enjoy all the fresh bounty of my garden.


  1. OOOOOOOOOO lucky mama. I would love to have a garden too...if I didn't have to do the work. I spent WAY too much time in my parents garden as a kid. I hate it! goes on and on!

  2. Oh, Karen, what a sweet set-up! My grandparents always had a wonderful huge vegetable garden, and I would help with picking (boy, was it itchy picking okra!)
    Unfortunately, after my parents divorced, and Mom and I moved to Dallas, I wasn't around Nanny and Papa's place as much, so I never really got the green thumb that Nanny had. My aunt and cousin carry on the tradition, though, so when we go up for 4th of July, we have lots of lovely garden-grown veggies. Enjoy the fruits (and vegggies) of your family's labors!


  3. I just love spending time in my gardens too. Weeding, well that's the least favorite part of it but the end results are like art. You should post some pictures of your gardens.

  4. Wow, that's so cool! Mark and I have total garden-envy this year. We'd love to get something started, but neither of us has the slightest idea how to begin. *sigh* I'd LOVE to grow my own veggies!

  5. Oh, I so love a garden! Almost ten years of apartment living has dampened my know-how, but I loved to help in my mom's gardens when I was a kid.

    Sounds like you have lots of good help on your hands. :D

  6. I hate to garden! There, I said it. I kill everything! I love fresh fruit, but don't have the skills. Oh well!