Last weekend, we went to Landis Valley’s Herb & Garden Faire & the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I was STARVING for a deeper connection to nature as life has been pretty hectic lately. It was a great day for a festival with temperatures in the 60s, a blue sky, & fluffy clouds rolling by lazily. My eyes danced as I took in all the heirloom vegetables, fragrant herbs, native perennials, homemade soap, organic dog biscuits, & gourd birdhouses. Every year, I accept the fact that my wallet is full when I arrive & it will be empty when I leave. This year was no different; we bought over 50 plants, 3 birdhouses, & a gorgeous wrought iron garden hose holder!
I spent two days on my hands & knees in the dirt with these little plants. Some will nourish us. Some will nourish the birds & bees. And still others will attract butterflies & hummingbirds. I truly want to make my yard a safe haven for wildlife as well as a peaceful sanctuary for those I love.
When I bought this house, there was only one small tree & a forsythia bush. Because I spent a year & a half in England, completely falling in love with cottage gardens, I wanted to replicate that slightly wild, overgrown look here.
My garden is my retreat. The 2nd highest compliment given to me is a friend saying, “I love it here. It’s so peaceful.” The highest compliment I receive is from Mother Nature– who blesses this space with the return of earthworms, monarch butterflies, centipedes, praying mantis, bunnies, bees, & birds. I didn’t see a single worm when I began gardening here 7 years ago so turning over a shovel full of dirt to reveal an underground community of critters makes my heart sing.
Whatever I have given back to the earth, She has returned to me tenfold.