Lilacs

Lilac close up
Lilacs sing to you with their fragrance.

 

I came home from work, pulled into the carport and intended to go straight indoors to crash.  As I got out of the car though, I thought “Maybe I’ll just peak at the garden first”.  There are three steps that lead down into the back yard.  The ground felt soft from the recent rains, and then it hit me, an intoxicating fragrance, but what?  I have a small backcyard garden with mostly dadelions and violets right now, and we have no flowering trees.  What could it be, some flowering vine or strange tree flowers up in the sky?  I closed my eyes to focus on the scent and then I knew.  It had to be lilac!  Over the fence, in the neighbor’s front yard, there was an old motherly lilac bush, reaching out to touch my mind.  Do flowers ever do that to you too?

Brick and Board Shelves II

brick and board shelf

In cleaning out some of my old posts, I realized I deleted this rather popular photo of my brick and board shelves at the old apartment.  My brother and sister made versions of these in their first apartments back in the 60’s.  I decided to replace some of the bricks with storage.  The bottom plastic boxes obviously don’t get opened very often since you have to remove the upper shelves to get to them, but the middle plastic drawers worked nicely.  My rattan boxes were slightly shorter so could be slid off the shelves when needed.  The red “bricks” were concrete blocks that came from the lumber yard which I painted with two coats of red.  Since making the transition to apartment life in 2001, my motto has been “keep it small, easy to move and light enough for me to carry myself”!

Biointensive Gardening

This year I am gardening with two other people who wanted to give John Jeavon’s Biointensive Gardening a try.  One of the main ideas is that you start EVERYTHING from seed in flats, even corn, beans and peas.  These are some marigolds I started quite a while ago.  It really has made gardening a brand new experience for me.  I’ve tried to start things from seed before and failed miserably.  It’s going better this year due in large part to the grow light Steven put together for me, but I also have a very different attitude about it.  In the past, I’ve always bonded with each little seed and plant, WANTING it to thrive, but you know, nature just isn’t like that.  And the spiritual lesson for me has been: maybe God isn’t like that either.  Most plants produce an abundance of seed and you wouldn’t want it all to survive.  I get upset at myself for each little failure, sometimes making it monumental.  But this week I’ve realized, I need to make lots of efforts, and only some of them will go on to grow and produce fruit, and that is just the way nature is.  And God, the Master Gardener, knows that and has planned it that way.