I haven’t written about my humble garden on the blog yet, but tending to my small plots of flowers is something I love to do in the Spring and early Summer. The garden is a seasonal decluttering project that I’ve recently done.
I’m always surprised by the reflective thoughts I have while gardening. I’ve had a 4’ x 4’ square vegetable garden in the past which I enjoyed and I hope to revive next summer. However, this summer I’m staying focused on getting the inside of our house in order.
Mom in the Garden
One of the vivid memories I have of my mom is seeing her in the garden – squatting and weeding, standing and watering, harvesting and cooking – I think that was her peaceful place. She grew beautiful vegetables and flowers which we enjoyed through the season. I remember one year she actually grew garlic and she was so proud. Growing garlic in a Korean family is a prudent move because we Koreans cook with a LOT of garlic.
Perennials are Amazing
I also find the garden a meditative place, but I was not blessed with a green thumb. I’m sure I can grow in that area, but it’s not something that comes naturally to me. I’m very low maintenance and I like my vegetables and flowers to be that way too.
In light of that fact, I only plant perennials. Perennials are astounding to me. Generous local gardeners who are thinning their gardens have given me all of the perennials in my flower beds. It always amazes me to see the cycle of blooming in the Spring, going dormant during the Fall and Winter, and blooming again. It’s a reminder every year of hope, beauty, and rebirth.
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