Gardeners are known for sharing.
They love to share
And, of course, the bounty of their gardens.
Zucchini comes to mind.
For me it’s all of the above
But mostly flowers.
I have long contended that flowers
“Are food for the soul”.
That we need flowers
Just like we need food.
I think this goes back to college
When we first began dating
He brought me flowers several times a week
For months on end.
The most spectacular was that first spring.
He brought me an enormous bouquet
Years later I realized that florists don’t sell that kind of Iris.
You know them – German Bearded Iris.
The kind that grow in little old ladies gardens
In college towns.
I’m not sure she intended to share!
His choice of vases was most unique.
A plastic pumpkin
Left from Halloween.
Simply had to marry the guy after that!
And so in the ensuing 40+ years
I’ve made it a point to make bouquets
And spread them around.
I’m pleased to say that Elliott and Kristina
Are carrying on the same tradition.
Kristina rarely leaves home for an evening with friends.
Without a bouquet in tow.
And she always has fresh flowers throughout their home
When we come to visit.
I must confess here that this year my bouquets are going
Not to individuals so much
As to places.
On Saturday I pluck whatever is happy
For church on Sunday.
Then during the week
Loaves & Fishes gets a bouquet.
A cheerful greeting for the volunteers
And clients who come in need of help feeding their families.
Now all of this is well and good.
But it doesn’t hold a candle to the real pros
When it comes to sharing from your garden.
Those of you who focus on vegetables
Leave the rest of us in the shade.
Just this week
Kelly came by with a basket of green beans.
Earlier in the week the Koehns
Brought tons of cucumbers and squash of all sorts
To Loaves & Fishes.
Mitch brought squash, too
Ann gave her weekly supply of basil
And assorted veggies.
Then yesterday the fun and lively members of the Freed family
Called at the end of the Farmers Market
To donate what was left to Loaves & Fishes
I met them there.
Their 4 sons, daughter and her friend
Unloaded hundreds of pounds of freshly picked produce
After working at their produce stand all morning.
They loved the cooler.
What a great family
Those are lucky kids.
I come from the same kind of family
And it has painted my life