Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Mother’s Garden

My mom loves to garden. No, I mean, she really, really loves to garden. Even though she doesn’t have much land, every patch of dirt around the house is full of flowers and plants. It’s the garden of the neighborhood, and everyone wants to know what she has blooming next.

Recently, Mom’s been too ill to go outside, so she hasn’t been able to nurse her pride and joy. Now, I am in charge of her garden. I agreed because how hard could watering, which is the most I have been trusted with before, be? Let me tell you, watering isn’t the half of it. There is the weeding, deadheading, trimming, raking, and the list goes on. Goodness, why didn’t someone warn me keeping a garden was so much work?

Mom is big into natural gardening, which means no herbicides for those pesky weeds. This is something that I’ve always been proud of, but now, I know why people use them. Weeding is no joke.

Of course working the garden makes me think of my Amish mysteries because just like my mom, Amish ladies have huge gardens. They depend on their garden to feed their families. Just like my mom, there are no herbicides for the Amish, just back-breaking work and dedication.

And all right, I admit I should have known gardening is not as simple as it looks because I read Heather Webber’s Nina Quinn mysteries.

After my initial shock at the garden workload, I came to understand why my mom loves it so much. Filling a bag with weeds is gratifying much like finishing a novel. At the end of both even though they were difficult, I have something to show for my hard work. That goes for growing plants too. Just last week, I nursed a sunflower plant back to health. It hasn’t bloomed yet, but I check it every day to make sure the plant is healthy and happy. It’s been a tough summer with my mom’s illness, so I’m putting a lot of stock in that sunflower like it is some kind of symbol that life can bounce back, which it can and it always does. We just don’t know exactly how it will play out.

Do you like to garden?

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