By Teresa Woodard, Michael Leach and Debra Knapke
Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful Heartland Gardening friends! In honor of the holiday, we borrowed a few lines from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43.
How do we thank thee? Let us count the ways . . .
1) A bounty of fresh produce that tastes even better when planted with our own hands and served at peak ripeness and flavor.
2) Fresh cut flowers to brighten our homes and share with friends.
3) An ever-evolving meadow that’s a welcome habitat for finches, hummingbirds, Monarchs and swallowtails.
4) A collection of spring ephemerals and other pass along plants that are a delightful reminder of the friends and family that have shared them with us.
5) The education we gained from our garden failures and triumphs.
6) The physical and mental benefits of gardening chores. Raking leaves not only results leaf mulch and strong arms but also a chance to relish the lingering fall season.
7) Being nurtured by simply sitting in the garden, gazing in silent wonder at all the forms of plants and animals — God’s incredible creativity.
8) The promise of spring that comes wrapped in little brown bulbs that we plant in the fall when the garden is moving into dormancy.
9) Realizing that my garden is perfect in the moment and if there is something that needs changing, there is always next year.
10) That a garden is full of possibility…
11) For all the friends we have made through the years because of our shared interest in plants and nature.