Saturday, March 28, 2009

In the Garden

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The son of God discloses

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet that the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

I once spent a lot of time in my garden tending my roses and other perennials. But once I started my masters degree, planned a wedding, and started fertility treatments, gardening was not a priority. Sadly my front yard and backyard are proof of that. Where neatly pruned rose bushes and many varieties of annuals and perennials once bloomed, are now overgrown rose bushes (most of which didn't get their yearly pruning this year) and weeds. It's a sorry sight.

But, Michael and I talk a lot about things we'd like to do in our yards, and one of them was to have a little heirloom tomato garden. So, today we went over to my favorite nursery and purchased three little tomato plants: Yellow Peach (yellow), Anna Russian (deep velvet pink), and Persimmon (rose-orange). They are now in their pots in a sunny spot on our back driveway. We realized we had one more pot in the garage than we thought we did, so we'll pick up another plant soon and get it going. I'm thinking Brandywine if I can find it at the nursery.

I had planned to do some pruning and weeding in the front yard, but it's a very warm afternoon here. Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler, and so I will try to get out there then. I purchased some foxgloves for the front planter, and I want to get them in the ground soon or they will die in their pony pack. I used to have lots of those in my front and back yard until I got Buffy, but they are poisonous and she liked to chew on plants when she was younger. So, I had to pull them all up.

We have a lot of pruning to do, and some of my roses (sadly, my David Austins!) have reverted and will probably need to be removed. As we clean things up, we would like to add a Meyer lemon tree and a plumeria to remind us of Hawaii.

Anyway, today's efforts were just the start of what will be a long process in reclaiming the yards and making them beautiful once again.


Shelley said...

Fun! What a great project to do together.

Faith said...

Ah, what a great day!! You've inspired me to hit the nursery tomorrow.

Alex and Jill said...

I wish I had a green thumb. I can't keep anything alive. I love tomatoes and would love to grow my own. Post pics when you're finished! :)


Kayce said...

Brandywine heirlooms are my favorite. Enjoy your growing garden with Michael.

Sandra said...

What a great thing! We had a huge garden at our old house and I miss it. I am hoping to have some tomato plants myself this year :-)

Donna and Joe said...


I'm so sorry to hear about your failed IVF. I had such high hopes for you this time around. I can't imagine how hard this is on you. It's nice that you found some comfort in raising your voice in praise. You always seem to be able to put things in perspective and move forward. I admire that.

Take care,