30 June 2014

Growing Patience -- Intro to Gardening

We Americans have this annoying little habit:
we want our home and gardens to be 
picture perfect the day we move in.
I suppose you could say it drives the economy
 but, frankly, it drives me nuts. 

I once saw a garden show 
featuring a large, beautiful English garden.
Gardens, actually, as they covered an estate.
The gardener gave some rather liberating advice. 
He pointed out our lack of patience
over here on this side of the pond, 
saying we want everything perfect right now.

National Botanica of Ireland

But a real garden takes time.  Years.
With big gardens such as those, 
hundreds of years even. 
I don't write that to freak you out--
I write it to make you relax! 

Chester, England

I should cut us a little slack...
America does have a shorter history, 
 and, in most areas, more varied climate.
Still, we are so impatient and
we often forget the reward of investing 
our own thoughts, time and work.
And then wonder why our garden doesn't
look like, and produce like, the one
we saw in the magazine--a still life
 of a growing garden.

We should take a much more practical 
approach to gardening.

One that we can grow with, rather than tired of.

One that doesn't overwhelm us 
but inspires us to do more as we learn.

Not a quick-fix that fizzles but the kind of approach
that slowly, year after year, becomes a rewarding 
pastime that enriches our health, 
and our spirit as a bonus.

I've written about my garden in the past.
But it is always changing, as is my knowledge
and ideas.  Plus, I'm enjoying it more than ever. 

I've decided to go a little deeper into 
my own personal gardening experience 
and, over the next few weeks, maybe I can 
inspire a different and more rewarding approach
 to any aspiring gardeners out there?

29 June 2014

And Finally....Block Twelve

Look what I found!
That last post on Block 12.
And I said, back in November,
that I'd post it "tomorrow".
Well, oops!  
Here it is, as I wrote it back then.
Not sure why I didn't just hit publish?
Maybe I was waiting to get a pic of them 
all together?  We'll get to that later.

Drum roll.

That's right.
All twelve are done.
And I really really wanted to keep going to make
 this bigger...but that meant make 8 more blocks.
Sooo, not wanting to create any stress,
I stopped here.

As you can tell in all of the block pics, 
I have the sashing on but I haven't been able 
to find anything suitable in my stash for the borders.
Sadly (yes, quite sad) I think I'll have to head to 
the quilt shop and buy some fabric.
Sad day, indeed...

Btw, I mis-linked this block in my notes so now I can't find the exact site
from where I got it!  I know that I began here though!

28 June 2014

Getting Back At It

I've missed the blog world  
but I was needed somewhere else.
So blessed to be able to be there.

And then...there was that next part, 
that dealing with the sadness left behind.
Will always be left behind.  

Death hasn't ever been an issue for me.
I get it.

I don't run from it,
fight it or get mad at it.
I trust Him, face it, say that
goodbye--just for now--and move on.

I think I'm ready to be back.  
I've already made lots of changes,
especially in the garden.
And bigger changes are to come.
So much to catch up on!

Where's that latte?!?

Ooh, here's one...along with the morning's asparagus haul!

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