A Little Sad…A Little Not

We have lived in our home for over 20 years. My husband and sons constructed this kitchen garden for me. They put up the picket fence to keep out marauding deer and groundhogs and lined the walkways with pretty red rock.
I had five raised beds and grew all kinds of herbs, greens and vegetables. Peas and beans climbed up the tuture in the center bed. I'd get so excited to harvest the produce and serve it to my family. My kids would ask,”Is it FYG? From Your Garden!”
Red roses were on the trellis and autumn clematis smelled so fragrant over the arched gate. I planted perinneals around the outside of the fence and mixed in colorful zinnias and marigolds and any annuals that caught my fancy.
In past years, the garden has been looking sad and very neglected. We have patched up the fence and repaired the deteriorating beds, but Gary and I want to do other things now. Gardening has taken a back seat to golf and tennis. I want to hike and ride my bike on Rail Trails and in the Spring I have a busy teaching and lecturing schedule. Not to mention long arm quilting for clients and sewing my own quilts.
So I have shed a tear and moved on! It was amazing how fast these two workers took down that garden.
Reduced to ruble.
I know Gary did enjoy his shopping trip to the nursery. He came back with more than we had planned– like that big tree. But it's a good thing when he has strong backs doing the digging and planting and he's doing the watching.
My plan was to eliminate as much maintainence as possible.
I think it's going to look very nice when the grass grows and the new bushes fill in. I'll be gathering lovely flowers and local fruits and vegetables at the wonderful Farmer's Market in Kennett Square. And hiking the mountains and riding the Rail Trails and quilting. “There is a season, turn, turn, turn…” It's all good. No garden guilt!



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  1. Christine says

    Wow! At first I thought you were going to write you decided to downsize & move! It looks good & we ve seen this coming.

  2. Dee Van Ingen says

    Love the “turn turn turn” going through your head………letting go and moving on to something you enjoy more is perfect!!!!!!! Thank goodness for Farmer’s Markets!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Wow! It looks great Terry. But where did that big tree end up? I love the no “garden guilt” concept.

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