I love Thanksgiving. I love its slower pace and less stressful nature. I love its focus on family and friends instead of presents. I love the way it give us pause to consider all for which we are thankful.
I am most thankful for my family and friends, of course, but my garden is close behind on my thankfulness list.
I am thankful for the tastes of the garden. There is nothing as sweet as the first strawberry of the season or peas eaten right from their pods. The refreshing, delicious crunch of a just-picked and peeled kohlrabi or the taste of potatoes dug moments before dinner are so much better than those purchased at the grocery store.
I am thankful for the smells of the garden. Beginning with Korean spice viburnum and lilacs in spring followed by mockorange and summersweet in summer and sweet autumn clematis in fall – these are just some of the flowers that fill the air in my garden with their sweet perfume.
I am thankful for the beauty of the garden. Bulbs and spring wildflowers are a feast for my winter-weary eyes; summer borders overflow with blooms; fall leaves explode in brilliant color; and a blanket of white covers plants left standing for winter interest. My landscape is far from perfect, but there is always something that pleases me.
I am thankful for most of the visitors to the garden. While rabbits are not on my Things for Which I am Thankful list, I am happy to share my landscape with the birds, butterflies, frogs, toads, dragonflies, bees and other beneficial insects that call my garden their home or stop by for a visit.
I am thankful for other gardeners. Only other gardeners can understand why I decide to stay home during my vacation to work in the garden or the excitement of a seed catalog arriving in my mailbox.
I am thankful for plant hybridizers. I am always excited to learn about new plant introductions or discover a plant that I don’t know or grow. Whether they are annuals, perennials or shrubs, I want to try them all! Thank goodness there are folks out there who love to create new plants.
I am thankful for my husband. He is not a gardener, but he builds pergolas, arbors and fences for me. He digs ponds. He shovels mulch like nobody’s business. He builds shelves and helps me rig lights for my seedlings. He just shakes his head when our bedroom turns into a tropical jungle when tender plants move in for the winter.
I am thankful for the garden. It is always there for me when I need inspiration, motivation, contemplation, and lots of other ‘ations’. I hope you find as much joy in your garden as I do in mine.
Have a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends and then garden with me!