8.08.2012

Dreams of a Childhood Garden

When I was a child I had a flower garden...a nice rectangular patch behind the garage where my father's black VW Bug had been parked.  I grew marigolds around the edge, and planted sticky blossomed day-glo petunias. The velvety magenta coleus was knee high.


I plucked the worn yellow blossoms from the marigolds, and gently pulled each weed.


I watered with a tin Holly Hobbie watering can....lovingly tending my surrogate baby dolls....


I'd like to say I nourished my garden; however, truthfully, I think it nourished me.



From the mid 1970's until now, I have always found a space for a garden. In planters, in small patches behind my first rental, on the windowsill of my classroom....

I am blessed to have a large, productive garden, and a family to share it with.



I still find peace and tranquility in the garden. It shows me hope....restores my spirit......

....brings me back to the patch behind the garage.

24 comments:

  1. I love hearing about your garden as a child and beyond. I started digging out spots in the yard when in High School and have continued on just as you do...no matter where I am, something will be growing. xo

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    1. Thanks! I enjoy writing about it. You sound like me!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your early experiences in the garden. I enjoyed reading about it :) I only discovered the pleasures, disappointments and rewards of gardening as an adult in my late twenties. Now, I can't imagine life without a bit of planting, digging, weeding, watering, and as you say, nourishing.
    Cheers from DC!
    Loi

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    1. My pleasure. I think gardening is a joy at any age. It is marvelous that someone/something encouraged you to garden. There's no turning back! Cheers to you as well!

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  3. That my dear friend was a beautiful post. I love this stuff for it reminds me of your spirit.

    Thank you. I needed to read it.

    Love,
    Bobby

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  4. Oh what a sweet post! You must come by your gardening skills naturally, you are blessed with a green thumb!

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    1. I'm not sure about the naturally part...maybe because I just love it???

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  5. these flowers are so pretty. what a lovely post! Have a happy Saturday and be sure to check out my giveaway ending today . BTW I am your newest follower and cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I'm pleased to have you following.

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  6. I loved this post. I have always had a passion for gardening since I was little, too. Holly Hobbie also brings back memories. Love your photos, beautiful.

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    1. Thanks. It's amazing how gardening is something we carry with us from childhood. Holly Hobbie has changed...but it is still cute.

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  7. What a lovely post! Great photo of you as a young girl with garden. I am always in a Marthas Vineyard state of mind, but I don't live there either... yet. :-)

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    1. Aw thanks! I am in love with MV as well. Let me know when you move in so I can take the ferry over for the weekend :)

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  8. So sweet. Bravo for you for having a garden to nourish your soul ~

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  9. How beautiful! The memories and the motivation to carry on your love for gardening and that adorable photograph. How sweet that someone thought to take that. I've found that most of my loves as an adult began as childhood interests. Just shows how important it is to nurture such discoveries in our kids.
    Liz

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    1. Thanks Liz! My dad was big into "slides" back then :) How true about adult interest beginning in childhood.

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  10. The Holly Hobby watering can - lol! Your photos are just beautiful - how gratifying it must be to enjoy those lovely fruits of your labor…..all those gorgeous colors bringing joy to you and your family. Your garden is inspiring!

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  11. A lovely post and beautiful photos!

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    1. Thanks. I guess "they" are right when they say write about what you know :)

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  12. How wonderful that you have a garden to nourish. Beautiful flowers!
    Ada
    PS: thank you for stopping by my blog

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  13. I found you through my sister Janet's blog...
    I love what I see here and know I want to visit often... Blessings.

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