Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gardening Notes to Daughters


(my tomatoes)

Everything in my garden is


right now.

I continue to be amazed that things will

grow for me.

Note to Daughters:  Don’t make simple, wonderful things complicated

as I have at times.

If you want to be a gardener,

dig a hole,

plant something,

nurture it as best you can,

and wait.

It is what it is.


(our wild olive tree that is ancient and still keeps blooming each spring)

As in life,

isn’t it always the babies that make things fun?


(an elderly airplane plant still sprouting babies)

Next Note to Daughters:

Some things worth waiting for take time.

I have been diligently working on my garden , since

I retired from teaching,

for 3 years.


there is no comparison to the feeling you have when you

see something sprout from the work you have done,

from your soil,

and not the work that a nursery has forced or accomplished.


(my zinnias preparing to bloom)

Next Note To Daughters:

Having said that,

I am now going to contradict myself.

If stopping by Home Depot,

after a long day in court defending your clients, (daughter #1)

or a crazy day of TAKS testing or dealing with cheerleading conflicts,(daughter #3)


a day when you have 500 library books to shelf and no help in sight,(daughter #2)

is the simplest way

you can bring

beauty and simplicity

and gardening into your life,


stop at Home Depot

and buy something

blooming and beautiful.

No harm- no foul.


(caladiums from Happiness Farm )


(lantana by the gate)


(Belinda’s Dream rose )

Love, Mom.


Linking to

Simple Pleasures



Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I loved these notes to your daughter and pretended you were talking to me. Thanks! Your plants, flowers and photos are beautiful.

Karen said...

I'm like Tammy... I'm pretending you are talking to me! Can I be daugher #4? Your advice is always wonderful...
Ladybug Creek

Lemon Lane Studio said...

Amen and amen. Wonderful advise as always I'm so glad you have daughters so that I can hear the advise as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog...I believe my back is on the mend. I do so want to get back in the garden!

Elizabethd said...

Lovely! There is nothing quite like time spent in the garden.

Deb said...

I hope all your daughters even the ones that have joined in from the blogging world take heed to your messages...I've been telling that to hubby about our veggie garden...this is the first time he has showed an interest in a he is analizing it half to death...Men....great post..

Pondside said...

Good advice, all of it.
It is what it is - that's one of my favorite self-talk notes.

Blondie's Journal said...

Very good advice, Laura. I step into my gardens and get lost!

I love all of your pictures. You are SO ahead of us down there in Texas!


Olive said...

You are RIGHT. I have been planting flowers for two days. I rescued four plants {over watered} from Walmart and after one day in my flower garden they look ever so much better. Now after push mowing the grass I am mush! happy mush♥)O

trash talk said...

Dear L.B.,
I've decided everyone can be daughter #4...I wanna be Sister to the second power. 'Kay?

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Laura, I loved this post. And your advice is right on, especially the part about Home Depot. (hehe) Wherever you have to find something blooming, go for it!

A treat to have you link up today.

June said...

Holy cow Laura!!! You already have blooming things? I am seriously jealous and packing my bags for Texas!!!!
I loved your advice to your daughters...boy, do they have a wise, wise mama.
sending hugs...

Renée Finberg said...

you ae quite busy.
i just potted in huge pots
the yellow and lavender lantana.
it is doing great!

Anonymous said...

What beauty you have been blessed with...and the words are so wise. Something to definitely remember...

Mrs. M.

NanaDiana said...

This, my dear sweet friend, is NOT a gardening note to your daughters...THIS is a lesson in life! A wonderful one! Bless you- xxoo Diana

Sharing with Sherri said...

Lovely thoughts and photos Laura... The rebirth of plants and flowers (with the exception of weeds!) is always one of those simple yet wonderous pleasures I look forward to every Spring!

sunny wishes!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Beautiful! Love the words too! Happy nurturing!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I really should be writing down all these helpful euphemisms for my two daughters. I imagine I tell them often enough that they've got them memorized! I love when you do these posts!

Trish said...

Laura, that was very beautiful!
Wise words that allow for God's beauty to be had in all it's deliveries!
bless you..Trish

Nancy's Notes said...

I love all the wonderful notes you share with your daughters, I can tell, they come from deep in your heart.


Beeutiful by Design said...

I'm so jealous you have baby tomatos already!


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