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Patience and God’s Gifts

Garden lessons come often and with brilliance. While wandering around the homestead I spotted this sweet blossom , one of many upon a glossy leafed bush. Now, I had pondered this bush many times. It stands beneath my massive oak in our front yard. Many a time I believed it to be an opportune bush masquerading as one of my beloved Camellias  The leaves seemed similar but many bushes are wholly about their identity, preferring to stand quietly and hope no one notices them. How like life! But, in this case I only needed to be patient because now five years later here are the lovely blooms. Proving...

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My Grass Relocation Program

Don't get me wrong about grass.  Grass is a wonderful plant that helps with the feeding of livestock, the erosion of land, and all that distribution of CO2.  I just happen to favor long grass.  The type that waves in the breeze (without the homeowner association knocking on your door) and sometimes sprouting many adorable thistles. So the only thing worse than an unemployed teacher is a crafty teacher with a lot of time on her hands this summer.  Due to the generous funding of my sweetie I have laid our the skeleton of my front yard oasis (for bees and butterflies) and now my attention...

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Apple…Tree

One often wonders how they (and I do mean me) became so eccentric or individual (if you are being kind), often you just have to look to where you came from. As we like to quote in 4th grade, ". The apple does not fall far from the tree." So, as I pondered this question while visiting my parents in Jamaica, I chanced to gaze around their yard. That let me know all I needed to know. Fruit, flowers, nutritious tubers, and vegetables grow everywhere in their yard. This is the list of what is growing on their beautiful suburban lot: Coconuts, oranges, June plumbs, pumpkins, cocoas, football sized...

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