As I was wandering around my garden today after a very busy and long weekend, I was overcome with a feeling of profound gratitude and contentment. I looked around at our home and gardens and realized that I am surrounded by beauty and that my husband, children and I have created a sanctuary here where love abounds and that our gardens and home are a reflection of our lives thus far.
Over the years, we have added to our gardens through generous gifts from friends and family who have given us flowers and plants from their own gardens. We have also bought some plants and are now gifting others with new plants and starts from our gardens so they can expand their own. It is wonderful to look around and remember who gave us what and the joy they had in sharing with us and the continual joy those plants bring to us.
Over the years we have added fruit trees, like the pear tree above, raspberry bushes, blackberry bushes, blueberry bushes, strawberries and rhubarb. We also added an Arctic Kiwi that has done nothing but produce a vine until this year where it looks like we might be getting some flowers on it. Praying that this is the year for kiwi!
Our garden nourishes us through the fruits, herbs and veggies we grow, but also through the beautiful flowers that feed my soul. I need to be surrounded with beauty because it really does delight me. As I look at God's amazing handiwork with the varieties of plants He has given to us, I am so very thankful.
Have you ever deeply breathed in the perfume from an iris? It is absolutely intoxicating. I have several varieties here and I treasure them all. Some were gifts from others, and some were gifts I gave myself. I would rather have a plant that cut flowers because they come back year after year to bless me over and over again.
This year our Columbine were very prolific and out of a few plants, we now have many. The colors have cross pollinated and every year it is a surprise to see what colors we will have. They will grow just about everywhere, including in front of the steps to get up to our hot tub. Jeff dug those out and we gifted them to my mother, another huge fan of these beautiful and delicate flowers. We also sent her home with more thornless raspberry starts.
I am surrounded by all this beauty. It makes my heart sing and it just makes me so thankful to be alive and to have this place to call home and share with my friends and family.