I can see it in my mind now the plans for my front yard. Huge mulch beds and shade loving plants like hostas. Also, the back veggie garden expansion. I also have some ornamental beans to plant as well as sunflowers! My list goes on forever in my mind. I want to create a secret garden that will be enjoyed by my family for years to come. A little narcissistic of me, yes because I hope they see me in those perennials I have scavenged through the years: roadside lilies, bargain basement half dead plants, sweet gifts from friends through the years, wild flowers from various roadsides, ditches, and gullies.
I used to go to the local garden tour. I absolutely loved it. One year it was a light misting rain that the made the tour magical. I remember prolific hollyhocks on Arcadian Drive, a secret park in the middle of town on Summer street where three houses combined their three huge backyards, and the "secret garden" of Elmo Holmes. Mr. Holmes garden was last on my tour. It was breathtaking. The front was ordinary but the back was amazing. It had winding paths of so many varieties of flowers and plants that I was transported to another level of consciousness with the many sights, sounds, and colors. The back of the lot was lined with fig trees. It was a labor of love indeed. As I was about to leave, he asked if I would like a bundle of his flowers. I immediately said please and thank you. It was a beautiful and extraordinary bouquet wrapped in the local newspaper. Such an act of kindness and a treasure that still resonates in my heart.
Today, like most of my Fridays now, I will spend it in my yard absorbing and planning new flower and veggie venues. One day I may with the help of God, family, and friends create my own secret garden if not I'm sure God has one waiting on me. Happy, Happy Earth Day!!!