Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gratitude Is Always Growing In The Garden





Borage blossoms


Often inspired by the garden and having written about gratitude in connection with the garden on several occasions, this thought came to mind…gratitude is ALWAYS growing in the garden!
 



Our daughter enjoyed this single shiny, sweet, (persistent!) strawberry...
and her colorful fingernails from a friend's sleepover birthday party!


On Sunday, as our daughter and I delighted in the first calendula flower blooming in our garden, we also enjoyed other small, but just as delightful signs of persistence and promise.  Although our summer crops are waning or have already faded into memory, and our vegetable garden is on its downswing into winter mode, we can still feel grateful for lingering tomatoes, a bit of basil and a stalwart strawberry or two.  Our borage plant, a transplant from Bobcat Garden, has been blooming (more adornment for salads!), and our seedlings of winter greens (thanks, Dad!) – bok choy, collards, kale, arugula and romaine – have been taking hold and hinting at salads, soups, stews and sautés in the coming weeks.  Despite its sparseness heading into the winter months, I am still grateful for the fresh ingredients our garden provides.


 

 

In any season for that matter, I’m grateful for what our garden provides, the enjoyment of gardening as an activity, harvesting fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and appreciating the plants and blossoms for their beautiful shapes, colors and textures and their creative inspiration.

 
 

How do gardens inspire you and fill you with gratitude?