Friday, June 10, 2011

My RA Garden

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.  ~R.H. Heinlein


May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.

~Irish Blessing


I love flowers. I love food. So, it is pretty much only a hop, skip and small jump that I would love to garden. Not only can I keep my house filled with those flowers I love so much but every once in awhile I get the satisfaction of stir frying my own veggies and herbs for dinner. 

I love working in a garden and once I was diagnosed with ra, my passion for gardening never changed. I did put it off for years due to my ra pain but in my mind I always envisioned me returning to this love. We would do the hot sun dance once again, play amidst the dirt and celebrate the first green birth of our labor.

I am determined to check this off my "bucket list". I am determined to reclaim my stake in the gardening world and proudly display my wondrous herbs or fresh clipped flowers or my first birth of a newborn squash or zucchini.

In my hometown we have a wonderful local arboretum that allows us to explore all the gardening possibilities for our area.  What I found most fascinating about The Arboretum is their Ability Garden. Here i was able to not only explore gardens that were adapted for different disabilities but I was also able to try out various gardening tools.

Gardening doesn't have to be overwhelming. You can start small and this is exactly my intention...for this year. 

I will endeavor to container garden. I will also endeavor to visit those flower gardens in my area so if I can't grow my own, I can fill my dance card with others hard labor.

Come share with me the joy of gardening…..
























"Earth laughs in flower."-- Ralph Waldo Emerson






















"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."-- Abraham Lincoln






















"I'm not really a career person. I'm a gardener, basically."-- George Harrison






















"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." --Greek proverb






















"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."-- Claude Monet






















"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." -- Gertrude Jekyll






















"Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us." --Wolfgang von Geothe


"Cultivate the garden within."



And for the technical how to's (ways to modify gardening)…see my reference links below.


This source gives many, many other links for disabled gardening techniques.

Update: A facebook friend, Jackie Pardoe had this on her home page and I found it fascinating. It is an instructional video on no dig gardening. To me it was great for a number of reasons but the first being I don't have to dig to make a garden and I can pretty much do this anywhere including on top of pre-existing grass.


HAPPY GARDENING!

8 comments:

Dutch said...

I love to do a big vegetable garden. We didn't buy flowers this year. I tried to talk my hubby out of a garden this year because of my RA but he said he would help me. I want to learn to can tons of my tomatoes & I make sauces. I love all the flowers pictures.

Jan said...

Beautiful! Living in south TX, I don't garden because it is TOO hot. Flowers do not grow well here except in the winter! I love Emerson's quote about the earth laughing with flowers!

Deb aka murphthesurf said...

Dutch - I would love a big veggie garden but for this year I am settling on a few container veggies and some herbs. Small pickings I am sure but a start :-) I love to cook but never did do canning. My pennsylvania relatives are big on that and gardening too! Good luck with your garden and do share some pictures if you are able to cultivate some food :-)

Deb aka murphthesurf said...

Jan - a close friend of mine lived in TX and said the same thing. Maybe a few inside your home. Course my cats eat all the green things growing in my home which makes for some pretty sick looking house plants. I keep safe kitty ones but would love some exotic ones...oh well...what we do for our four legged family.

Wren said...

What beautiful photos of that beautiful garden show! Thanks for sharing them with us. Gardening is such a worthwhile, fundamental and rewarding activity. I hope your container herbs and veggies produce plenty of tasty things come harvest time. Enjoy!

Deb aka murphthesurf said...

Wren...thank you :-) The photos are from all over Wilmington...two gardens here in town prmarily. The phtobook is one I wrote several years back about my family...comparing them to things in my "garden". Those photos are from a small garden I had in my home in NJ back then. You are sooo right about gardening being rewarding. I think it is something basic in our dna from years gone by. My next venture is going to be Garden Junk Art. Ever hear of that :-) I am having a blast with it. I get to put it together while my family puts it out for me in the yard. Anything to keep us smiling ad regain the old self we use to be :-)

Nan said...

beautiful! I love your spirit and so admire your handiwork! Thanks for visiting my blog - livingwithra-nan@blogspot.com I loved your comments!

Deb aka murphthesurf said...

Nan thank you! I did enjoy your blog and the spoon theory :-) Keep up the great work. Having others to travel this ra journey with and follow their stories is an inspiration to me.