Garden Treasures…

The garden is constantly offering us treasures. Whether it be the beauty of the flowers and foliage, the delicious fruit, or the sense of connectedness to nature we feel when we are in this space, the garden gives us so much.

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Just before an Easter morning egg hunt.

Recently, as part of his school work, my son walked the garden and took photographs of all the flowers he spotted. I was surprised to see such a wide array of colors and shapes. Our flowers are beautiful on their own but, when collaged together, they are spectacular. Here are the photographs he took on his flower walk…

Over the past few years, we’ve had so many special encounters in our garden. Aside from our plants and the beauty and sustenance that they provide, we’ve been lucky enough to find many creatures in our garden. These creatures each have their own special role in our ecosystem and so we treat each encounter with a tremendous amount of wonder and gratitude. Lately, as the garden has grown in and become more lush and alive, we’ve been encountering more creatures than ever before.  Here are some of our favorite garden creatures…

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A beautiful black racer snake that hid in our arbor to shed it’s skin. 
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We were so happy to find its molted skin but haven’t seen the snake since. Perhaps it was a parting gift. 
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A beautiful moth that brought us so much joy.
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A little tree frog we found near our tomatoes…
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A very loud toad that hid by our garden bed one night.

These photographs were all captured within the last month. This made me think, what other creatures might be living among us? From now on I plan on looking more closely for garden treasures, whether it be animals, flowers, foliage, or just that beautiful calm feeling I feel when surrounded by the beauty of nature.

 

 

New Growth…

 

Wow. It has been a while. I didn’t realize it had been nearly two years. When I posted last, I was in the middle of being diagnosed with Grave’s disease. I was scared, I was sad, and I just wanted to focus on my happiness: my family and my garden. Through focussing on my family and the garden, through documenting that journey, I kept my mind off of the disease. The garden is so full of beauty, life, and new growth that it makes me forget about everything else. I don’t know what stopped me from writing more often. Maybe it was the business of life or maybe it was that my Grave’s disease subsided. Whatever the reason, I am here now…filled with gratitude, looking closely at the garden and the many lessons that it provides, and ready to document my new journey. Here is a look at my garden and the beautiful plants that are blooming…

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Delicious sungold tomatoes…
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Our canistel tree is flowering!
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Our Catalina avocado has fruit!
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This year we have the most Kent mangoes we’ve ever had on our little tree. 
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Our little starfruit tree…such a dedicated producer. 
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A view of our little oasis…
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We are constantly working to make our side yard as pretty and productive as possible. 

I’ll be writing more often. I feel inspired. I feel inspired by our little garden and the many gifts that it constantly gives, I feel inspired by the meaningful time I’m spending at home with my family, and, most of all, I feel inspired to document our journey so that we remember it always ❤