Wednesday, January 20, 2010

When Wednesday

Today I was inspired to share a 'When'. Thank goodness it rhymes with Wednesday so we are going to make it a 'When' Wednesday.  My question for you is : WHEN did you discover your love for the garden?
I was inspired today by a Garden Connection I  made on the Social Network Facebook. If you haven't given Facebook a 'click' yet I would like to encourage you to take a peek over at my 'garden page' at BGgarden Fan Page.  I have made some wonderful connections on this site. Diane Downey is one of those precious gardeners whos' inspiring blog at  Angels with Dirty Finger Tips  made me take a minute to remember what inspired me to get into the garden.   Thank you Diane!  I hope I can encourage someone who happens to click onto my world here today as I share wonderful memories from the gardens I have experienced.. My thoughts to share today is 'WHEN?'


When I was a young girl I enjoying the blooms from my parents lilac tree in our small city back yard.  I remember visiting gardens that at the time could only hold my attention for a short moment.   As I grew older my parents found  creative chores for me and my siblings to do with hopes of keeping us constructively busy. These dreaded chores were possibly created because my parents had a dream in the garden but didn't have time to do  the work involved. When I was in Grade School I hated the garden due to these summer consuming chores.  I vowing to NEVER have grass when I grow up because my parents would make us  go out in their HUGE garden and weed. My bad experience was not being able to tell a WEED from a SEEDLING so of course I would spend plenty of time being punished for choosing the wrong green to pick!
When I entered my teenage years I found a new love for Green making extra GREEN (cash)  to spend at my best friends family owned a greenhouse.  



When I became a home owner as a young adult I found myself in a garden.  Not a garden that I had made so it was quickly destroyed because I had no idea what I had got myself into.  I was determined to make my own garden just as we had made our new house our home.  This is when I feel back in love with the garden.

The Mailbox Image is from my first garden.  When I maxed that yard out we moved to the country.   Finding a joy in being able to grow your own food has been an important part of my life as an adult. 








Today I asked myself  'When' with curiosity to what my other Garden friends may be inspired to share.












As I look back on my 'When'  I can't help but wonder what my children will remember.  It has been a blessing to watch them grow and to be encourage to add to their surroundings by growing in their own space.  It has been amazing to a grade school project a child was encouraged to participate in has lead to her love for planting her own flower garden each year.

When my daughter and I brought home some major awards this past summer for our growing experience it was a joy of a life time. I hope some day she will look back on a Wednesday and remember 'When' the garden became an important part of her life.

12 comments:

Darla said...

I'm sure she will. I know for a fact that she will always hold in her heart how much love you have for the garden! Wonderful "When" Wednesday...

joey said...

A touching post and wonderful theme, Bren. Luv it!

Angel with dirty fingernails said...

Right on! So glad I could be an inspiration to you, and glad you enjoyed my blog post. Thanks for the link too.

Bren said...

Thank you for making this a success for me by sharing your kind thoughts ladies. I don't share too often this side of my 'personal' life. It was nice to take a look back and remember when!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I loved learning about when you discovered the garden. I didn't enjoy the garden growing up much either because of the chores, I thought of only the work that went into the garden. It wasn't until I was older that I learned that you had to work in order to have it look beautiful. Then it becomes rewarding.
How exciting for you and your daughter to have such success in your gardening.

Jim Groble said...

Very nice. jim

Lisa said...

Very nice Bren! Sam will dig a hole/carry mulch, but thats as far as it goes!!! Enjoyed your story, thanks for sharing!

L. D. Burgus said...

It is very nice to see how your form your values and found yourself like exactly what seemed inconvenient as a young one. Great Blog!

Cedar ... said...

When,... I read your post I smiled with my own memories. Nicely done, Bren!

Melanie said...

Wonderful story, thanks for sharing how you became interested in gardening. It's great to hear personal anecdotes from the people whose blogs I read.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

great idea, Bren...and I enjoyed your 'whens';-)

leavesnbloom said...

Oh Bren this was a wonderful post. Your photos of bygone years are beautiful. My boys don't seem to be interested any longer in the garden but I hope its only a temporary teenager stage.

Rosie