Thursday, February 25, 2016


"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

My vegetable and flower seeds are up! I go out many times a day to check on their progress.
I have no real idea what I'm doing, but gardening friends will help. Venturing into an area about which I know so little makes me feel quite vulnerable. What will happen if I "fail!" Will the plants think I'm lame and make fun of me?

Of course I've read up a bit, and I have purchased the Sunset Western Gardening Book, but my sense is that gardening is like cooking: you simply have to venture forth, and get a feel, and make mistakes and have triumphs and that is how you learn.

It's difficult to describe the rush of hope, exhilaration and excitement that comes from planting a seed and seeing a single green shoot poking its head above ground.

Dylan Thomas wrote:

"The force that through the green fuse drives the flower 
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees 
Is my destroyer"...

But it's spring and I'm going to choose at the moment to focus on the flower.

I bought this red kale as seedlings, which is they're so big compared to
the others. 

Our back yard has lemon, cherry, persimmon, pomegranate, olive, avocado and black walnut trees, plus a huge wild stand of rosemary.

The cherry trees are just coming into bloom.


  1. Isn't it exciting! Good luck on this new adventure. And keep in mind that even experienced gardeners have failures; gardening is a good way to work on our equanimity.

  2. Hi, Heather. I live in a tropical country, and I believe it's the first time I see such beautiful cherry trees coming into bloom. You have found such an interesting activity. Good luck. Antonio, RJ - Brasil

  3. Beautiful-amen to green shoots! I kept an allotment for a few years and found it one of the hardest and most wonderful things I've done. Growing things helped me learn a lot about myself and God too-his mysterious ways! Just keep on keeping on was my motto. God bless your co-creation efforts.


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