My Mother's Love of Gardening and Planting Flowers

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 22nd Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My mother was most happy when she was outdoors planting something. It gave her a great sense of satisfaction.

Place of Relaxation and Refuge

Although my mother was plagued with major illnesses most of her adult life, she did not let that detour her from fulfilling her passion. Whether it was planting green beans or a delicate flower she thrived in that outdoor environment. It was as if her hands became one with the dirt.

Garden Location

The garden was situated on our small plot of land in back of our house. At one time it was a patch of overgrown weeds. However, when Mom put her hand of determination on it, it became a vegetable gardener's paradise.

Reaping the Rewards

Mom would can many of the vegetables in Mason Jars in order for us to have food to eat during the winter months. Cooking a huge gray pot of greens or string beans was always turned into an enjoyable feast when any of her children came home for a visit from college. I can still taste them in my mouth. It was always a welcomed celebration..

Curb Appeal

There used to be a rosebush that she lovingly cared for on the side of the porch. It met its fate when our porch was remodeled. She also planted various flowers on the front lawn. It softened the look of the cement porch. Her handiwork could also be seen on the church grounds.

I Didn't Inherit Her Green Thumb

When I look at a beautifully landscaped garden or flowers and plants I think about her. Anything I have touched in the garden has never met with success. But I'm so glad for the memories I have of my mother doing what she did best


Curb Appeal, Garden Ideas, Garden Tools, Gardening, Gardening In Small Areas, Hard Work Pays Off, Landscaping, Mason Jars, Mothers, Plants And Vegetables

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jul 2014 (#)

The passion for gardening is not that common, sadly, with the young as they are more keyboard warriors! Also, city folks do not want to be exposed to the elements. Being close to nature soothes our soul. Thanks Lee for the loving remembrances - siva

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author avatar Lee Hansen
24th Jul 2014 (#)

You summed it up well. Thanks for the insight Siva.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Jul 2014 (#)

How very beautiful- both gardens the one in your great pictures shared here and "most especially" the one planted in your beautiful heart ....many thanks for sharing it so beautifully good to see your wonderful postings-:0)...!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
31st Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks D. I appreciate your kind words.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
31st Jul 2014 (#)

Lee, thanks for sharing your memories of your mom and her garden. I believe everyone should have a garden. I know it's not possible for some people but there are vegetable stands for people to buy fresh vegetables at cheaper prices. A fresh tomato, pepper, zucchini, lettuce and the list goes on and on tastes so good when it comes straight from the garden. I always freeze my vegetables for winter. I'm not sure how to can. It's something I never did but my family did when I was growing up.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
31st Jul 2014 (#)

Nancy I find that the food seems to be so much better when it comes fresh fom the garden. Was born in Niagara Falls and remember my mother gardening before those grueling winters could harm her vegetables and plants. Thanx for comment.

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