Article by Wendy McCance
We moved into a new home over the summer last year. The yard was beautifully organized. There were stepping-stones creating a path around a tree. The flowers were gorgeous and in full bloom. There had only been one previous family that had lived in the house. It was obvious that they had loved and cared for their garden tending to it for over 40 years.
We have lived in this home long enough to have seen every season come and go. It’s been like a gift to go into a new season and see how this garden evolves. Right now there is a beautiful tree at the corner of our covered porch that has blossomed with pink and white flowers on it. It is fairly big and has an umbrella shape to it. I love going out in the morning with a cup of tea to sit on the porch with the tree shading the corner where I sit. The flowers are so delicate and pretty and the tree looks like something a couple would stand under as they got married.
I wonder about the family that used to live here. What did the yard look like when they moved in? Each tree and plant seems to have a few talents, they get flowers in the spring and turn color in the fall. Did this family have any stories about how they picked out a particular plant? Were any of the flowers given to them as a gift to be planted?
I wish I could express to the previous owners that the family living in their home now gets a great deal of enjoyment from the garden that was created. I wish they knew that we are tending to each plant with love and care and respect.
It’s incredible how much of a person’s personality shows through in the way they tend to their garden. There are just some yards that are so well cared for that you know the person tending to them have a special place in their heart for those plants. We feel so lucky to have moved into a home where the yard shows evidence of a family that loved it. Happiness was found in this beautiful garden.
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