In My Garden



constant gardener II

How beautiful have these days been!!! I always love the springtime, the windows in my house are opened to let the breezes blow the cobwebs out, freshen up everything and revive my senses. I plant new plants and see our strawberries from last year have wintered over and are producing beautiful red berries. The iris moved from mama’s yard are blooming purple and bright yellow. She loved those iris and I am happy to say they are thriving. It reminds me of her yard, lovingly tended to with a grand baby at her side, neighbors walking by, just a sense of content being that is so hard to achieve in this world.

The first things to bloom here in Northwest Florida are my snow drops. I especially love these because they were brought over from our family home on the Outer Banks by my grandmother. then my mother transplanted them to her home and now I am the happy recipient of their beauty. There is a family story that my great grandfather held up one and commented on God’s perfection of detail on these small snowy white bells with green dots. I know he died when they are in bloom because my great Aunt Sister tucked one in his lapel when he was laid to rest.

I feel so close to God, especially when I am outside working the soil and planting,weeding, planning. There is something very healing in being in a garden. I like to think my deceased gardening loved ones are smiling as I pull weeds and divide plants. I was talking to a friend recently and we laughed thinking about these loved ones tending to Heaven’s garden, which I am sure there is one. For some reason I picture it as the most beautiful of all gardens and every leaf and flower and droplet of water is praising God. Glorifying Him with all that is in them. In my garden, I am covered with dirt, blisters on my hands, hair tousled and smiling the biggest smile… thank you Lord for your beauty, attention to detail and for loved ones who passed on an appreciation for your world.

Love,   <><  Suzanne


6 thoughts on “In My Garden

  1. Hi Suzanne. My name is Donna and I introduced myself earlier this week and told you I have Constant Gardener I. I love this one as well and have the print. Do you still have the original? Just love it. As I do my own garden.

    1. Hey Donna, I was hoping to catch you at the doctor’s office the other day. I have sold that one, but yours is my very favorite! I have art at Miss Mandy’s on Capitol Circle and at Sweet Patina of course. I will have a home show coming up later this spring so I will invite you to come by. I can always paint you one , a lady in the garden. It is my mother that I paint after her death in ’08, she is the constant gardener. Thank you for mentioning the art, I rarely get to thank in person when someone buys my art. It is very personal for me so I am so glad you spoke up! My phone is 228-8894, my email is if you need me for anything. Sincerely, Suzanne

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