“In search of my Mother’s garden, I found my own.”
These beautiful words were written by Alice Walker and have always resonated with me, especially now that Mother’s Day is around the corner.
My own mother has been an avid gardener, taking hold of the yard in the house where she and my father still live when it was only filled with pine trees. I’ve watched, over the years, as natural areas and flower beds have been placed and replaced as new themes and color palettes emerged. Architectural pieces, bird baths, and planters have graced special spots and I learned one must never misplace her “special shovel.” My mother is a tiny woman with a formidable spirit when it comes to making things grow. In deciding what to give her for a Mother’s Day gift, I know if it relates to the garden, it’s as good as gold! I have found a lovely source for garden gifts, French Garden House.
Sharing the same passion for digging in the dirt allows us to always have something to share in a conversation. We can talk at length about what we found at a garden center, share cuttings to add to our own respective beds, or just enjoy a lovely day sitting in the shade to take it all in.
I’ll admit, neither one of us are the world’s best at sitting when it comes to our outdoor spaces. There’s always a weed to be plucked or a shrub to be pruned. A couple of springs ago, Mother’s garden beds were absolutely stunning and I got out my trusty camera to take a few pictures. It had recently rained and everything was especially intense with color. After seeing these pictures were better than I had imagined, I decided to put them into a book and I created copies for the both of us to enjoy. I added special verses, relating to gardening, and my mother was absolutely thrilled to see her work “published!” There are several online sites for doing this, and even if gardening isn’t of your mother’s interests, I’m sure there would be ways to include whatever they might be for a beautiful keepsake.
Whether or not you happen to be a master gardener, I feel Mother Nature has her hand in many of the experiences we enjoy in life. I invite you to come along for a garden tour, of sorts, and you may just be inspired for the perfect gift for Mom. (Keep in mind those sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and friends who are of the nurturing type, too.)
The Chevron Console from Hooker Furniture mimics the texture and shape of a garden gate, beckoning a “welcome” into your home.
The years may have slowed my mother’s stride and her ability to move mountains of soil. And, her direction may be more towards containers of flowers or patio tomatoes, but she still loves to putz around on a sunny day within the spaces of nature. Her lessons, from the garden, have taught me so much:
- Plan for the future, and if an unexpected weed sprouts up, pull it up, toss it aside, and move on.
- Like plants, people thrive with sunshine, nurturing, and lots of water.
- Give new plants and people a chance. What may not start out to be something of beauty can develop over time.
- Patience goes a long way with gardens and life. Breathe. Gardening is great therapy.
- Almost everyone loves flowers and garden produce. Plant extra to give away.
- Always have the number of a good florist on hand.