Friday, April 18, 2014

Oh Sweet Mystery Of Life

Last night, after a long and tiring day that started at Physical Therapy, ouch, and ended with a bus ride home from a day of Easter madness at the shop, I walked down the street and stared at my garden in disbelief.

The lawn was mowed, the beds edged and all the cuttings my neighbor and I had piled at the curb for the county's spring pickup were neatly bundled.

While the weeds are still running wild and the liriope needs a buzzcut, the bones of the garden are back.

I've talked to so many different people about garden help, I've no idea who showed up and got to work.

No invoice in the mailbox, none of my neighbors saw anything.

Gus and Lucy must have a clue but they're not telling.

Some of us dream of idyls on Caribbean Islands, others of a new spring wardrobe or a day spenk hiking in the Sierras.

Me? I just wanted my garden back.

And here it is. Lily of the valley greens popping up everywhere, tulips and muscari blooming, the plum blossoms have a day or two left to dazzle and the phlox is scenting the air.


I planted some seeds in the vegetable garden on Sunday and I see some tiny strawberries growing on the plants.

This is Resurrection week? I'm a believer.





29 comments:

  1. For a gardener, who has been incapacitated in some way, getting the garden back IS renewal, forward movement, uplifting....

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    1. Exactly, all of that, and peace of mind.

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  2. How wonderful!
    ( the garden fairy visit, not the ouchy PT...)

    There is nothing like a garden in bloom.

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    1. Even the ouchy PT is pretty wonderful, I can now wash my hair with both hands!

      Let's hear it for the garden fairies everywhere.

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  3. jane i can't even imagine what a wonderful feeling that must have been. the sight of a lawn that has been freshly cut is so beautiful. i think susan is right...garden fairies! xo

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    1. I still look out the windows in amazement....

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  4. Now that is a special gift indeed!
    You must feel so much better just knowing the garden taming has begun!

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    1. i do, both in my heart and in my shoulder!

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  5. Perhaps it's just something you paid forward a long time ago, that has returned to you. Glad things are going well. xoxo

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    1. I can't imagine what that could have been, I feel like the constant recipient of so much goodness.

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  6. What a wonderful story. Your garden smells good from here:).

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    1. And the benefactors still remain a mystery...

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  7. Your garden flowers look pretty Jane! Wishin you and your loved ones a Happy Easter! Take care,

    Madelief x

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    1. Happy Easter to you and your family also Madelief.

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  8. Perhaps instead of guardian angels, you have gardening angels! Some time ago I came across a quote attributed to Martin Luther that seems most fitting just now: "God has written the good news of the resurrection on every leaf in springtime." (And I'm not even religious! But I love that sentiment and think of it often at this time of year.)

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    1. Gardening angels....love that. Hope they fly back soon.

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  9. Of course you have a secret admirer, garden angel. You are a dear friend to so many. Seeing the pictures and reading about your garden makes me happy. xo

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    1. My dream, 4 more weeks and I'll be back full force....until then, a weed here, a weed there and the kindness of others.

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  10. Maybe superman flew in with your gardening angels...and Elle made them crepes.

    Hearing you mention that you're finally able to wash your hair with two hands brings back memories. I had frozen shoulder syndrome for a few years and at its worst for about a year I could only wash my hair with one hand. Tucking in my shirt, pulling a ticket from the machine in a parking garage and many other simple things were very difficult. So I guess I'm just understanding what your recovery has been like. It sucks.

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    1. Then you know, and yes it does/has. Thus the painful hours at PT to avoid frozen shoulder syndrome. Every inch of movement is a celebration!

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  11. Oh what a happy story! You soooo deserve it. My first guess would be GG but I'm not sure she's up to it right now. Happy Easter dear Jane. XOXO

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    1. You're right Amelia, but if she could I know she would have. Happy Easter, are you cooking something delicious?

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  12. Blessings do come when we need them the most. That's what you get for being such a good soul yourself. ♥

    Happy Easter ... Happy Spring and Happy you're on the mend. xo

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    1. And happy you're on the move! Happy Easter.

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  13. What a lovely gift! To both the recipient and the giver! Just image what love went into this labor...sounds as if someone was paying it forward! Good news that your healing continues! Blessings...Susan

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    1. That or I managed to hire a lawn company. More will be revealed/

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