Garden in Winter
With the drenching rain that blessed us there was no need to water so Bob and I have not been in our garden in the last week. Gracie has been out many times but since she only speaks dog language we didn’t know the changes that had taken place. This morning I decided to do a winter photo update of the garden so Bob and I went out and WOW there is new life! I admit to being easily wowed by nature so this is my disclaimer if you wonder how I could be wowed by what I asked Bob to shoot.
Years ago when my dear friend Brenda and I got into gardening we quickly became bedazzled by all the possibilities. We took on gardening with a fervor that made her husband Steve roll his eyes and Bob shake his head. Thankfully, each of us had been married long enough for our unbridled enthusiasm over our new hobby not to shock either husband. Our lack of experience did not deter us from buying flowers in abundance. I remember one sunny early spring day when Bob took off from work and drove Brenda and me to Farmers Market during our lunch hour. We loaded our car with delicate and beautiful blooming flowers. What a disappointment it was when the blast of summer heat hit and killed just about every plant. We bought rose bushes like they were about to become extinct and tended them with great care. When spring came we rushed to the gardens each morning with the excitement of a child at Christmas to see the gifts of new blooms. During the early years we worried about late freezes, bugs, diseases, severe heat and other unexpected surprises from Mother Nature. Fast forward to the present and our gardens have only plants and shrubs that are resilient and can take whatever Mother Nature brings. We could have saved a lot of money if we would have started with hardy plants but the years filled with many funny, delightful and sometimes distressing experiences are invaluable to me. Thank you Brenda, Steve and Bob for the wonderful memories.