A True Gardener

Flicker hatchlings
Flicker babies 2012

Much of my life is given to understand the earth we inhabit from its celestial foundations to the organisms that benefit from the Earth’s life giving condition.  By its nature, gardening feeds all these interests through the combination of:

  • earth
  • weather
  • water
  • microorganisms
  • plants
  • insects
  • birds
  • animals
  • and the sun’s driving energy

Imagine all the university degrees needed to be fluent in the language of these ecological helpers.   Luckily we don’t need to know the depths of each to be gardeners, we only need to know how each play into bringing forth life in the microcosm we call our gardens.  What special power we wield when tending to an ailing plant, or preparing a bed for new life to grow.  So many never see beyond the color of a pretty flower or the neat row of hedge, or worse the drudgery of mowing and weeding.  But to know gardening and true gardeners, you must look beyond that which landscapers tend.

How do you know if you are doing it right?

Many would have varied opinions.

But to me its captured in the pictures below.  Its species sharing nectar, or the birds who trust your garden to shelter their newborns.  Its life above and below the dirt… and even the snakes in the grass.  The more life you see in your garden, the more you are a TRUE gardener.  You tend not just the earth but all its inhabitants.

Share your story of what it is to be a gardener.

Sharing the feast

The Pollinator Garden has been a great lesson in natives and the importance of providing habitat for the insects we tend to ignore.

A youngin

The blue spruce provide protection for many bird species who’ve made nests over the years. Blue jays and the dove you see here are just a few of the many that call our neighborhood home.

For two years flickers nested in a hole they made in the silver maple. Today a hive of honey bees live there. But the flickers remain close. Perhaps we’ll have more babies in other nests.

Flicker hatchlings
Flicker babies 2012


An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.

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