my secret garden

This is me, most mornings, padding through my garden in flip flops and nightgown, camera or iphone in hand.

The same sky is always above me, I’ve traveled these paths thousands of times. The flowers change, a garden is an ever-evolving life force, and I’ve learned, over the years, that there is only so much I can control.

Another lesson that gardening has taught me about life.

We’ve been through a lot together, my garden and I – at this point, we feel like old friends. The same give and take is required to keep us speaking, we both know that we will always be there for each other, no matter what. We are comfortable with each other, whether I am singing out loud to Joni Mitchell, or sitting in silence to watch the sun set.

I put a lot of work into this relationship, and in return, I receive lots of flowers. Sometimes when I am least expecting them. And we all know that those are the very best kind.

When I sit on my patio, surrounded by plants and flowers and hidden from the rest of the world, it feels like a hug. My garden is not perfect, I see all her flaws from where I sit, but then again, she also sees mine.

We are always forgiving each other, always making allowances, always finding new ways to nourish her soil and my soul.

I grow here more than any of the flowers.

Trees I planted as tiny twigs now tower above my head. But our roots are intertwined.

The same sky is always above us.





9 Responses to “my secret garden”

  • honey Says:

    i am so grateful to have your posts in the morning.

  • nana Says:

    love that line”I grow here more than any of my flowers”

  • Robin aka Gotham Girl Says:

    I so understand the gives and takes of gardening…when I was working in corporate my garden was my haven…I could actually see my accomplishments and as crazy as it sounds…I LOVED pulling weeds! It was my therapy! Nice post!

  • Tina Tierson Says:

    Oh, Kelly, as usual there are no words to express how your posts make my heart sing! I too love the line, “I grow here more than any of my flowers.” I forwarded this post to my sister. She just got a new camera, a good one, and has an amazing garden. She’s going through a rough time just now, and I think she’ll really love your posts as much as I. xoxo

  • Ayala Says:

    Her soil and your soul, love it !

  • brian miller Says:

    smiles…ther eis something about gardening…putting ones hands in the soil…its and experience and there is so much to learn from it…you have gleened some good nuggets to share in this as well….we are all imperfect, and forgiving is a beautiful thing…smiles.

  • Claudia Says:

    love that little glimpse into your life…and nature can teach us so valuable lessons about life..

  • Pat Byers (Tilda) Says:

    oh, the words, “i grow here more than any of my flowers”…..
    true words. gardens know our secrets.
    mine are wild and untamed, free with perennials and whatever the wind brought it. different, every day.
    sometimes…like me.
    in fondest, tilda

  • rhayne Says:

    your roots are intertwined… how lovely is that?

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