Thursday, December 31, 2009
A Bit Older Now
It's the last day of the year and the day I was born in 1981. I arrived bright and early. We were on our way home by dinner time. The hospital was too busy for us to stick around and mom is one resilient woman and didn't need to stay. I was born two weeks late. It also happened to be one of the worst winter storms Michigan experienced in many years. Or at least that's how it is remembered.
Born with a packet of seeds, a bag of soil and a gardening trowel, I was ready to dig in the dirt. I have loved plants my entire life. I spent my days as an infant, sitting in the greenhouse atop a bench while mom watered the annual bedding plants they raised. To this day, when I enter a greenhouse, I want to curl up and take a nap.
My parents always enjoyed a good vegetable garden and it was only natural that I get my own plot for what I wanted to grow. A cucumber, a marigold, an apple seed, the sky was the limit.
Not much has changed. Only the scale has changed. Bigger is better. More and more, I want every plant I can get my hands on. Iris, fall bulbs, hosta, hellebore, clematis, roses, epimedium, delphinium, foxglove, daylily, herbs, vegetables, trees, shrubs, vines, and on and on. I dream of a farm with lush gardens all around the house. Mostly shade in the front and a bit to the west, provided by large trees. Soothing green ferns, moss, hostas,rhododendron, hellebores and ephemeral, woodland plants soften the beds. To the east and south, sun, lots of it. Cottage gardens stuffed to the gills with pink, blue, purple, white and some soft yellows. Some areas slightly formal, some wild and full. Once I leave the yard I venture into the small fruit orchards and giant vegetable plot where I grow food for my CSA members. The barns and animals reside back there as well. I picture all of this on 20 plus acres. A piece of wonderment.
It will be awhile before this dream is real but in the meantime I can keep dreaming, planning and moving ahead on the path of life.
To 2010! Let it bring us new dreams, hope and promise of better times for all.