As Mother's Day has been approaching, I have been doing my gardening with motherhood on my mind. I have been thinking about the cultivators, the nurturers, the harvestors, the gatherers, the chefs, and the makers of beauty. I think about roots, seeds, blossoming, providing, and nourishing . We have so much in common, gardens and mothers. And for me, the garden is where I go to rejeuvenate myself. Not in a lawn chair, but wandering and working, pulling weeds and observing changes.
Anyway... I have to say that my biggest "gardening for beauty" inspiration has been my mother-in-law. In fact, I think that she is a descendent of.... is it Linneus? A Swede who documented and classified hundreds of species of plants and flowers? I'll double check on that. My MIL's garden is gorgeous and fills her with a lot of satisfaction and pride. She will not travel or plan any medical procedures in the sprintime because it would interfere with her gardening. Some of the things she has taught me is the "one person's weed..." lesson (see photo below of a wild strawberry), and that tree stumps make wonderful plant holders. She believes in natural beauty that is cared for. Here are some pics from my garden, all inspirations or donations from my wonderful MIL.
My name is Cherie and I live in Southern Maine with my husband and two young children. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and still have about 10k in remaining student loans to prove it. I left the field of practice three years ago, so this is not the place to be posting any suicide notes, okay? But if you want to hear about my garden and my gremlins, my pests and my problems, well then you just sit right down and read on!