Gardening: Giving thanks for abundant blessings – The Providence Journal

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Gardening: Giving thanks for abundant blessings – The Providence Journal


Colorful Candelabra primroses thrive in the shade of wild apple trees in June.

I think it’s important to take time to count my blessings. I try to take time each day to reflect on how grateful I am for living the life I do. And on a sunny afternoon near Thanksgiving, I like to sit outside and reflect on everything I have to be grateful for. Here are some thoughts about my life, and how gardening helps to make my life full, satisfying, and rich in flowers and vegetables.

I am grateful to have a loving family and wonderful friends. On July 1 of this year, Cindy Heath and I got married after 11 years of partnership. Our family and friends attended via Zoom. Cindy is a wonderful person, an accomplished fiber artist and a terrific gardener. Not only that, she loves to weed! The gardens here in Cornish Flat have never been so well-tended. I am so grateful to have her in my life.

I am very pleased to have a newspaper column that has kept me writing and learning for 22 years. On Nov. 11, 1998, my first gardening column appeared in the Valley News of West Lebanon, New Hampshire. In that article I reflected on how important it is to clean up the garden each fall and to get rid of weeds before their seeds get in the soil.

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