Saturday, October 24, 2015

Gardening is an Instrument of Grace

Floating Garden    Aromatic Traditions 2015
Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.  Gardening is an instrument of grace.
-Mary Sarton

When all else fails - I go to the garden.
Picking my first red, ripe tomato.  Boy, I had to be patient waiting for just the right moment to pull this one off the vine.  P-a-t-i-e-n-c-e.

I still grow tomatoes. So does my father.  His father, my grandfather, did too.  He would walk every night to his tomato plant down the hill step by step until his last day.  I often wondered if he planted that far away as inspiration to get up and move.  To remain a farmer.

Gardening is in my blood.

Before I moved to Portland, I fantasized about building a floating garden like the Aztec gardens you read about when you were a kid.

I salvaged an old swim platform and began to plant.

The first to thrive - Calendula Officinalis, a major ingredient in my products. (Check out this blogpost for a Calendula Infused oil:

The blossoms were huge.

We both found a home to be nourished and thrive.


1 comment:

  1. Growing up in the city, having a garden wasn't feasible. But, once I moved to the county, I started a small vegetable garden and flower garden. I love it! :)