Five Lessons From A Garden Bloom Where You Are Planted

One of my Mama’s favorite lines to live by!
Planting a garden with school children in Rio de Janeiro, 2015.


When is the last time you meandered through your garden on a sunny early evening with a glass of wine, or on a chilly spring morning with a steaming mug of coffee.

A garden is both a healer and a teacher. Don't be afraid to dig in and see the great benefits. Anonymous

Perhaps you do not have a garden where you live. In that case, consider taking advantage of a local garden in your community: Gibbs Gardens, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Barnsley Gardens, and Smith-Gilbert Gardens, are just a few we can find near our Marietta, Georgia home.

We can learn so much from hanging out in a garden, whether we yield beautiful flowering plants, fruits, or vegetables.

Our friend, Greg Fritz is in his Tennessee garden every day!
This bright azalea boasts of blooms and buds on the same branch!

Walking quietly, slowly through a garden area will remind us that life is all about change. Change can happen quickly or slowly.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. Audrey Hepburn

The buds on a branch compared with a full bloom on the same branch echoes the truth that progress is impossible without change. Just look at these three pictures of dogwood blooms in three different stages! Did you know? There is a longtime legend about this tree. Click here to remind yourself of The  Legend of the Dogwood Tree. The dogwood goes through dramatic changes throughout a year’s time…first white, then pale pink, before the leaves turn a crimson red in autumn.

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Lagerstroemia indica (crape myrtle, crepe myrtle)
Lagerstroemia indica (crape myrtle, crepe myrtle) in full bloom…
New, early growth on our crepe myrtle.
New, early growth on our crepe myrtle.

One of my Mama’s favorite parts of spring were the many bright purple wisteria vines skirting the roads and highways. I had to stop and take some pictures of this one down the street from us, right outside the entrance of Signal Hill Subdivision. As I walked up to it and took in its sweet fragrance, childhood memories came flooding back…of wisteria, the circular azalea garden in our front yard, and countless dandelions that we laughingly blew into each other’s faces.

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Although my friends, Brenda, Kelly, and Ellen are amazing gardeners, I am not very good at gardening. (I forget to water my pots and the plants don’t like that very much, lol.)

Where flowers bloom, so does hope. Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007)

Though my sis, Laura Lea and I were raised under the same roof, I did not receive the same green thumb she did as her indoor plants are varied and numerous. I started my very first herb garden in 2013, and then changes happened with my Daddy’s passing on November 11th of that same year. With two weddings in 2014 within eleven weeks of each other, my interest in a herb garden waned and remained dry through 2015 as we cared for Donny’s Dad. THIS spring, I am determined to revive my herb garden and have gotten started with a few purchases of basil, sage and dill. Now if I can just be sure my herbs get plenty of water during what is sure to be another hot summer in Georgia!

I look forward to watching my herbs grow and using them in our cooking!

Five of the many lessons we can learn by hanging out in a garden are:

(1) Some things just can’t be rushed. They are worth the wait. Have patience.

The Fritz Family will soon be serving red leaf lettuce and kale at their table!
Greg’s daughter, Heather made this sign for her dad.

Miraculously, these scrawny, wormlike creations will soon look like this second picture.

IMG_9779(2) You have to be willing to do the dirty, hard jobs (weeding, digging, spreading manure) in order to yield the wonderful results.

Our friend, Paul Read works hard in their amazing garden.

(3) A garden reminds us to make plans, to have vision and grow big dreams.

Signal Hill entrance is beautiful!

(4) A garden reminds us to be grateful, to have daily gratitude for nature and for life which are miracles and they are free!

This knockout rose bud will soon be a bright red, blooming all summer long!

(5) It is hard to garden alone, and it is impossible to do life alone, as well. It takes community to thrive!

Community is illustrated at Taylor Read’s shelter dedication on 10/3/15.


This bright forsythia welcomes guests to The Street Home! We love having this family as our neighbors and long-time friends.

A garden is both a healer and a teacher.

What are some other

lessons you and I

can learn from a garden?

*Click here to listen to a hymn about a garden and penned in 1912.IMG_9781