Much of what I do in my garden
Is dictated by the rythmn of the season.
Winter is for seed starting.
Spring for planting and transplanting.
June is for…well…just being glorious.
July is all about survival.
And this year is a rough one.
We are stuck under the heat dome
Bringing days and days at or near 100 degrees.
So, the most important thing I do
Is monitor the water.
Using it in the most earth friendly way I know.
Less frequent deep watering with drip lines.
Another part of the ritual is seed collection.
The garden house floor
Is covered with stacks of Larkspur, Poppy and Hollyhocks
In their final stage of drying
To re-suppy my seed collection
And share in the coming year.
I love sharing seeds
And hearing about them sprouting in new homes.
I thrive on pattern and ritual.
So following nature through the seasons
Brings me peace and joy.
My Saturday morning garden ritual is to first cut flowers
For the church arrangements.
That way they have several hours to get a good drink
Before being arranged.
This week I quickly moved on to weeding
And planting Cosmos & Zinnia seeds
In the open places that were created.
I was clicking along when my friend Debra sent a text.
She too was in her garden
And doing what we often both do.
Listening to Krista Tippett’s podcast “On Being”.
I have been a faithful listener since near the beginning 20 years ago.
Together Debra and I have listened and discussed
Along with Krista and her guests.
At times it feels like we actually know these people!
After all, Krista is an Oklahoman so there is a connection.
But this morning was different.
It was the last of this particular format.
“An On Being Listening Party Reviewing 20 Years”
And the memories of so many Saturday mornings in my garden.
Came flooding back.
Conversations with a joyful Desmond Tutu, Mary Oliver, John O’Donahue
And so many more were recounted.
These are all favorites of mine.
But two of my most memorable conversations were not mentioned.
So I share them here with you.
They go back to a time early on when the program was only on the radio
Not podcasted – and was called “Speaking of Faith”.
The first is an interview with Joe Carter.
Likely you don’t know of him.
He is a musician who told the stories of spirituals.
With a deep rich voice
And a broad knowledge of these stories.
I was transported back to my childhood
Listening to my great uncles singing these very songs
In my parents living room.
I think I’ve listened to the unedited version 6 times!
The other early memory is of a conversation between
A Jewish woman and a young Palestinian man
Titled “No More Taking Sides”.
They tell the stories of their unimaginable loss
And what they have done with their grief.
Be prepared to cry at the end.
If you don’t know “On Being” you can find it and the treasured conversations here.
The conversations are rich.
The subjects are broad.
Fortunately, those hundreds of conversations are available to everyone.
I know I’ll be listening to them again and again for another 20 years.
So thank you Krista for being my Saturday morning garden companion.
You have opened my heart and broadened my mind.
You have challenged me and helped me grow
Bringing fascinating people into my life.
I’m looking forward to the next iteration of On Being
And how it will enrich our lives.