Gifts from My Garden
by Carol Sejda, Covenant Companion
As we all hunker down during the fallow season of Winter, I am drawn to reflect on how blessed I have been during the past year. One huge blessing came in the form of spectacular gifts from my garden.
I remember, but only in a glancing fashion, my toils and battles with the earth: Enriching the soil with worm castings and mushroom compost, hauling and digging in new plantings, battling dreaded Japanese beetles, careful tending of wounded buds after storms and heartless pruning of spent flowers and branches. It was a lot of back aching labor, but all benefiting my health and the health of the earth, our planet.
Instead, I choose to focus on the joy, that I believe St. Francis felt, seeing these treasures. And they are right outside my door! I want to share the beauty I experienced this past year in a pictorial essay of gifts from my garden.
My garden has showed me that true beauty has a foundation of love, prayer, and hard work. I give thanks and celebrate that Spring with all of its possibilities is close, and sure to have more blessings to discover in my garden.
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