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As promised, I plan to post more about my life so you, my readers, can get to know me. And what better way than inviting you to see the fruits of a favorite hobby of mine: gardening.
The last 4 years (I believe) I have planted flowers and plants in my front yard (with a dear friend’s help). I have grown to love it and enjoy sharing this hobby with others. I have found such joy in stewarding a part of God’s creation.
I only plant herbs and flowers due to my past experience with growing tomatoes. We have many deer, groundhogs, and raccoons in my neighborhood. They could not wait to take nibbles and bites out of the tomatoes. One day I will get around to planting vegetables again. Herbs are such fun though, and sometimes they even surprise me and unusually return for another year on their own. I love adding them to dishes and making my beloved basil pesto sauce every year! It is a taste of heaven on earth.
Anyways, without further adieu, here are some of my favorite pictures from my 2020 garden.
My lovely surprises! My oregano (the “bush” in the back) grew back again (I planted it three years ago). The sage (the one with the purple flowers) along with the thyme (the tiny stringy plant over to the right) also returned.
These are the flowers on the sage. I know for some herbs you are not to let the flowers bloom or the plant could die. But that has not been the case for this plant plus I do not have the heart to rip off these beauties.
Last week I made spaghetti and meatballs. The oregano paired perfectly with the meat mixture and sauce.
My cilantro. This has also been a lovely surprise! I planted this bunch last year and it decided to return! This herb goes great with rice.
Another surprise! Yes, my mint decided to join all the other herbs and live again! Mint, I believe, does this often though. This herb smells heavenly and pairs well with tea.
I recently planted basil seeds, and now they are tiny little babies. Basil is by far my favorite herb and a highlight of my summer.
My peonies! They are so gorgeous and such a delight. I added them to the garden last year and do not regret it one bit!
I absolutely love lamb’s ear. This plant feels like its name and is a lovely perennial (aka returns every year). I can never get enough of feeling its soft leaves.
Phlox is a perennial that blooms in early spring and can be a wonderful ground cover for the rest of the spring and summer. I am always saddened when their blooming time is over.
These tiny little light green buddies are a type of impatien I had last year (mind you I had around 10). Little did I know how many seeds they would drop last year! Sadly I have to remove many of them because they will not live while overcrowded( nor do I have the space to fit all of them). But it is amazing to see how fruitful they have been, and I thought impatiens were annuals…
These are impatiens I uprooted and plan to give to a friend. It is such a joy to share plants with others!
Look at those roots!
This hummingbird feeder has been a wonderful addition to my garden. It was a birthday gift from dear friends. I never get tired of watching the little birds come and drink.
So there you have it. I am nothing close to an expert gardener nor is my garden large. But it brings me joy to watch things grow. I find happiness in simple things that are missed daily. The extravagant is not always what makes us laugh. Grandeur does not always coax us to smile. But watching herbs unexpectedly return, seeing baby plants become a foot tall, and admiring the unique shades of flowers around my neighborhood always leaves me awestruck at God’s wonderful creativity. What might look quaint and simple can be the way our Creator shows his intricacies and love.
Don’t forget to check out this post’s partner: Songs For Spring, Sunshine and Gardening Delights.
Let me know if you have gardens of your own, and I would love to hear what fellow gardeners plant.
~ Kenedy M.