As I entered our vegetable garden to pick a handful of fresh Italian parsley (to toss in with this evening’s dinner of turkey meatballs in blue cheese sauce…mmm!), I was pleasantly surprised to see most of the greens, after a recent rainstorm, looking healthy and robust. As winter nears, there isn’t much time to spend tending to the garden, and it typically looks dormant except for a few low maintenance greens like lettuce, kale and Swiss chard. I was also surprised to see new blossoms and more peppers on our stalwart bell pepper plant (which just last week provided a fresh pepper for our Sloppy Joes!) and even a new blossom on a lingering zucchini plant. I found myself smiling while thinking here it is in December, and I’m noticing fresh new blossoms on old summer plants and still harvesting a few (extremely late!) tomatoes. It was refreshing to experience an unexpected moment of "out of season" gratitude in the garden this afternoon!
|This zucchini plant doesn't realize it's December!|
|This little bell pepper plant is a big producer!|
|I see many salads in our future...|
|Romaine seedlings are happy!|
|Happy chard, too!|
Did gratitude sneak up on you unexpectedly today? Hope so!