“We come from the earth. We return to the Earth. And in between we garden.” Alfred Austin
For us, a silver lining of having to deal with all the challenges of COVID this last year is that being at home, with some extra time on our hands, has sparked a renewed love of gardening for many of us.
Our daughter Amy and her husband Dan completely transformed their backyard. They tore up their grass, built a fence to keep out the Saltspring rabbits and deer, and installed raised garden beds. My husband Don and I assumed this project would be short-lived, but oh how wrong we were.
Gardening is now a daily activity and a constant source of joy for Amy, Dan, and their kids. They all feel very proud of the plants they are nurturing from the ground where nothing but grass used to be. Now instead of rushing to the grocery store to buy produce, they can simply walk to the backyard and grab veggies.
It’s been delightful for us to watch this passion grow. Seeing veggies erupt from the earth, surrounded by the cheerful voices of our grandkids, tickles us pink. It reminds me of a sweet quote by Jenny Uglow - ” We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is nurturing us”
So today let’s celebrate silver linings growing in full color from the earth in our backyards.
XO Suzanne Zacharias, Co-Founder & Head Tea Drinker, Cedar Mountain Studios
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