A great pleasure of mine is time spent in my garden. Sitting, walking, daydreaming and yes, even weeding. I could spend all my waking hours just meandering outside. Stopping along the way to pull a weed, sniff a flower, or to gaze at the blue clear sky. Watching occasional puffy white clouds slowly moving by as they take the shape in an array of made up creatures and faces.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” Audrey Hepburn
Recognizing the gift of hearing, I Listen to the many voices of the chirping birds. the buzzing of the bees and the croaking of the frogs. Hearing single-engine planes off in the distance of neighboring skies, while a few doors away a lawn mower clips some grass. Laughter fills the air, as the young children next door play gleefully; chasing puppy dogs and being silly.
“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings”. – Eric Hoffer
I awoke yesterday morning, to my (un-prunned) rosebush in full bloom. Wow, what a sight! With pruning sheers in hand, I headed out of doors, and into my backyard. I delighted in the sweet scent of my fittingly named “Knockout Roses”. I snipped my first rose of the season, and as I closed my eyes I took a deep but gentle breath in through my nose. The beautiful smell took me away to a place of pure enjoyment. A scent I can only describe as…….. Heavenly. I cannot begin to tell you, how thankful to God I am, for my sense of smell & the gift of sight; to see such beauty. How very thankful I am also, to my husband, for buying that first young rosebush several years ago. I love roses so much, that I named my cottage “La Vie en Rose” which means, “life in pink” or “living life through rose colored glasses”! I will write about my cottage in a future post (coming soon).
“The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose”. – Gandhi
Roses in the garden are for me, like butter is to toast. You just have to have them. Toast without butter would be dry and tasteless. A garden without roses would be, well, I just couldn’t imagine having a garden anymore without roses. I need them. They bring a lot of happiness to me!
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say, ‘Thank you?’ – William Ward
In light of Mother’s day coming up in just three days, might I recommend getting a live “Knockout Rose” if you don’t already have one, for your wife or mothers garden? It truly is the gift that keeps on giving. It is very low maintenance. I think it even grows out of neglect. Virtually failproof I guess you could say. I sadly, have not given mine a proper “cut back” since it was planted about 4 years ago. It still is thriving! I do trim it however, to fill an abundance of vases all spring and summer long; even well into fall here in middle Tennessee. The more you cut, the more it blooms. I snip flowers just about every day. I am noticing, as the older my rose bush gets, the thorns are getting larger, and stronger.
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears”. – Anthony Robbins