Gardens in surprising places

My Fitbit has gotten put through its paces the last couple of days in San Antonio.

I’ve wandered about, and climbed hills and flights of stairs.

Reconnecting with old friends has been quite special.

I’ve found gardens in unusual places. This little spot was tucked back behind the convention center, peach, orange, lemon, lime, fig and bay trees. Cabbages, Swiss Chard, tomatoes, and every kind of herb were tucked into raised beads. All were surrounded with chicken wire or hog panels to protect them from the very brazen deer that run the golf course.

With the chilly winter we had the peaches look like they are going to be spectacular this year.

My favorite was a cheeky, black squirrel who posed so pretty, I had to take his picture.

I love that they landscape with Rosemary here. It’s so pretty, great for bees, and deer resistant. Of course, I couldn’t keep my hands off of it. It’s great aromatherapy to rub my hands across the Rosemary and then breath deep to enjoy.

It’s been fun to be away for a few days, but I’m ready to go home.

Gratitude Thursday

It’s rainy, and a bit chilly out.

But I got the garden beds turned and fertilized before the rain.  I’m grateful.

It took 8 hours total to break up and weed the three vegetable beds.  I’m grateful for the strength and time to do it.

6 big garbage bags of debris have been taken to the curb.  I’m grateful for garbage pick up.

My muscles are sore, and my hands are a bit scratched and cut up.  I’m grateful to be able to grow things, and a big yard to grow them in.

What are you grateful for today?

Cultivation…noun, verb, or state of change?


cul·ti·va·tion (klt-vshn)
a. The act of cultivating.
b. The state of being cultivated.
2. Refinement; culture.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
cultivation (ˌkʌltɪˈveɪʃən)
1. (Agriculture) agriculture
a. the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
b. the preparation of ground to promote their growth
2. development, esp through education, training, etc
3. culture or sophistication, esp social refinement
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
cul•ti•va•tion (ˌkʌl təˈveɪ ʃən)




Cultivation….it basically boils down to a continuous work to improve or benefit.

Weeding out the brambles and briars of negative thinking from my mind,
pulling harsh words from my vocabulary,
Tilling the soil of my imagination and creativity,
Preparing my soul for better things.

Opening up my heart to the Light,
Raining the nourishing softness of gratitude down upon my place,
Shining the sunshine of encouragement on my family,
Providing the healing power of forgiveness and grace.

Thriving, living soil of my life,
Growing the best plants,
Bearing excellent fruit,
Loving myself,
Loving others.


Blooming color, the garden glows

There is such a softness to the light in Spring, and I had the good fortune of having a stray sunbeam light up this beautiful rose, at just the right moment.


Why are roses so lovely?
They fairly shout out their beauty from bud to full bloom, but a glowing rose, that sings.

Around the corner from this glowing beauty
On a grafted stalk over 100 years old
This brave sweet bud says I’m not quite done yet
With white sweet petals lovely to behold.

The oldest rose in the garden.



Sunshine and the Rain


I will never wish away the rain and we had some yesterday! 3 inches of lovely, slow falling rain, and this dry ground soaked up every drop. It was a truly beautiful rain, with slow rolling thunder and big fat drops that took their good sweet time in falling yesterday. It was one of those days to stay inside, read a book, and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Today we are supposed to get some more rain but you would never guess it to look outside. The sun is dazzling and bright. It is the perfect juxtaposition from yesterday. The plants are so happy from the rain yesterday that they are resplendent today in the sun. It’s energizing to witness.

So I’m grateful for both. We needed the rain. I needed the sunshine as a reminder that both are just as wonderful. Too much of one can be dangerous. Both taken in measure produce great results.

Enjoy where you are today! Smile at someone. Say a kind word. You can do it.