It is the simpler life that many of us wish to acquire these days, thanks much to the economy.
There are many things that can come out of this for the good, in that many of us in that returning or turning to the simpler things are finding ourselves back to a place where we can find the most comfortable places. In this, the garden, in any which way or form, is one of these places.
We generally speak of gardening in terms of days gone by. For gardening, in some form or another, has been here much longer then most of us have been present on the planet. Everyone, everywhere can garden to some degree.
Where else can you spend just a little or a lot, depending on your own personal level of satisfaction with your garden and your own requirements? In my own case, I need to have those things that are not necessary for any real reason other then pleasing to the eye. This would, of course be the flower gardens that I keep.
The wonderful detail about perennial beds is that once they are in and established, they are there basically forevermore.
And, even better, as the plants grow, you can share from these same gardens with fellow gardeners, established or new to gardening, for very little. This is a nice way to share in your very own bounty of "candy" for the eyes. Then, on the more practical side of gardening, are the vegetable gardens and orchards that many of us depend on for food or to add to our own personal food shelf for the winter. This year, in particular, with the continuing wild weather we had for so long, I was very delighted to get what I did from our vegetable garden.
It didn't look very promising from the very beginning of the season and was a continued struggle throughout the whole growing year. I know that there are many who also shared this same struggle with myself and my family. We are eternally thankful for those who shared what extra they did have from their own vegetable garden with us as I know from many stories that there were others who were honored to receive similar gifts of produce.
Subsequently, the people who are out there sustaining one another, not only with their own contributions whether it be sharing from their produce garden or providing a few flowers to help someone start a new perennial bed, are promoting much more then they realize. They are promoting communal enjoyment of something that is so simple, yet so satisfying.
"For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped, For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped, For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb, For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home - Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land, For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand, For the good that our artists and poets have taught, For the friendship that hope and affection have brought - Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
For the homes that with purest affection are blest, For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest, For our country extending from sea unto sea; The land that is known as the 'Land of the Free' -Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!"
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