Gardening to Breath

I have gardened many plots of dirt in my life: 
     ~ outside the kitchen of my childhood home without much success because aside from designating the spot, my parents had very little interest in my interest.
     ~ off the edge of an apartment balcony in the stifling window boxes of a controlling boyfriend.
     ~ in a field adjacent to a rented carriage house that I shared with my (then) new boyfriend.
     ~ off the back patio of a condo that was not shielded from traffic, and where we had thousands of dollars of antique wicker furniture stolen, but thank God, not the tomatoes.
     ~ next to a swing set.
     ~ down a rock-laden hill that was once a place of battle during the War of Northern Aggression, and where my children found a 100 year old handmade crutch of a long forgotten wounded soldier. 
     ~ Under, and around, a huge centuries-old Oak that cradled our home, our children, and many happy memories.
     ~ Carved out along the curves of a swimming pool.
     ~ And, currently, in an itty-bitty courtyard garden.
I see the arc of my life in these plots, and give thanks for the wonderful journey I have had the privilege of being part of.
Because, after all, gardening is breathing, and breath is life…

and I’m inhaling deeply.
 African Iris
Dietes iridiodes

in full bloom

King Alfred
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  • Krisztina Williams - Lovely post, and gorgeous flowers! I’m unfortunately a notorious plant killer despite my best efforts.ReplyCancel

  • katia - This is one talent that I really envy.I would love to learn how to be a better gardener (“better” is a bit of misrepresentation, since I don’t do any gardening whatsoever). I love plants in my home but sadly they don’t last. It looks like gardening and flowers are more than just that for you, like they are intertwined with some important milestones in your life and it’s so interesting to me, because I have songs and even clothes that are connected to certain events in my life. You have plants and flowers and it’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Beautiful flowers!

    So, the War of Northern Aggression, huh?ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger - Wow–your title got me! Loved this!ReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - Breath is life. Very nice and the daffodils and iris photos are amazing. I love hibiscus too but we have those out here in the desert. 🙂ReplyCancel

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