Thursday, August 25, 2016

“A garden is a public service and having one a public duty.  It is a man’s contribution to the community.”

~ Richardson Wright, Truly Rural, 1922


I like this idea, don’t you? Times are much so different now than they were when they were written but there’s still much to be gained–and contributed–by tending a garden.

Yesterday I spent a bit of time with my granddaughter in the garden harvesting carrots and onions. She has an appreciation already for the joys a garden brings. I was impressed and delighted with her ability to recognize the different herbs–oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, basil–by how they smelled and looked.

Looking forward to another grand day in the sunshine with my sweet Ladybug Girl.

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I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. Your photo is so simple, yet so beautiful! You are magical with your camera.

    That’s really great that your granddaughter recognizes certain herbs by their smell and look. My mom didn’t cook with herbs, so I knew nothing about any of them until well into adulthood.

    Have a great day with your dear girl.

    1. Thank you, Patti. Like you my knowledge of herbs was limited to the powders in spice jars my mom cooked with. I was well into adulthood before I experienced how different fresh herbs are! It just delights me to see our younger generation returning to the basics in the garden.

  2. Like you and Patti, I didn’t grow up with fresh herbs for cooking. It’s been fun learning about and experimenting with them. While I use some of the herbs in my garden, I also like having a variety just for fillers among the flowers. They’re so pretty and fragrant.

    1. Yes! Many of them are so pretty too, aren’t they? I don’t use sage much in cooking but I love the beautiful plants.

  3. The gardeners with potted plants in my condo complex have my admiration. And respect. Someday, maybe I will follow suit.


  4. Such a lovely and simple image Linda. What a wonderful experience for both you and your granddaughter to spend time in the garden together especially at this point in the summer when things are at their fullest. I hope my granddaughter is as interested as yours is in gardening because it is a huge passion of mine. This is my first time visiting your blog and I have to tell you it is beautiful! I’m debating whether to take one on but my husband and I have recently retired and moved to North Carolina and this might be a good way to keep a visual journal of our new adventures in the south and in our new house and home. I imagine gardening will be a bit different than it was in New Jersey. Hope you’ve had a Happy Thursday. Enjoy your weekend?

  5. Oooh I love this picture. Reminds me of good times pulling them off the vines and eating them raw.

  6. You are so lucky…I wish I had a garden to share with my grands. I think that would be so fun. Maybe when we move more into the country in a few years. 🙂

  7. You are creating some fabulous memories for that little girl Linda.

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