Quotes of Wisdom 38 Healing through Gardening – Midsummer Update

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  ~Luther Burbank 

Gardens have been medicine for my soul for years.  This year the abundance of beauty and cycling blooms in the flower gardens have kept me captivated. In fact, they’ve held me hostage long into the evening hours when I should be in the kitchen making dinner!

The veggie garden treats me with small sweet tomatoes while I await the Three Sisters (corn, beans, pumpkins). 

The house finches joyously feed on the leaves of the Giant Sunflowers in anticipation of the ripening seeds in late fall.

At least once a week I look up just in time to see a fox or two silently trot by while I am tending the gardens. No doubt their sights set on the hens who fertilize the compost. Or perhaps it is the wood rats whom the foxes are sniffing out.  Those foul smelling nasty rats grow fat and prosper on the chicken food under cover of darkness. 

The foxes have yet to dig under the fence. If they figure out there is no barrier 6 inches down the hens will meet their maker. Aye, the sly Gray Fox is a skilled climber but, we’ve taken care of that. A roof made from a large old mesh satellite dish keeps them out of the coop! I just have to remember to close the gate before dusk.

The flower gardens birthed by my mother are a continual source of connection to her life and spirit.  She left it all behind knowing it would be me that carried on fighting the bugs and weeds and reveling in the beauty. And what lovely surprises I have discovered there! 

Here is a video in hopes you may catch the scent of beauty.

Wikipedia: Luther Burbank was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. 
Born: March 7, 1849, Lancaster, MA
Died: April 11, 1926, Santa Rosa, CA
Education: Lancaster County Academy (1864–1867)
Buried: Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa, CA


*Quotes of Wisdom – a Friday at 9am (Pacific Time Zone) series offering Wisdom, Feel Good, Inspirational and Thought-provoking Quotes. Sometimes with links and most likely, with too many thoughts of my own included.  

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8 Replies to “Quotes of Wisdom 38 Healing through Gardening – Midsummer Update”

  1. Loved this article. Loved your descriptions of your summer garden. I can smell the fragrances wafting off the flowers and vegetables. My sanity is in any type of garden. Thank you because I feel more peaceful.

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