The Beauty Of Gardening

The reward of gardening is the bounty. The beauty of gardening is the process.

Watching the scallions bloom is magic.

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There is beauty everywhere in the garden, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

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Fall Cucumbers – Can You Believe It?

This is what I harvested from the a-frame yesterday:

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32 Cucumbers!  Can you believe it?  It’s October and I am still getting cucumbers.

This is probably the last harvest of the year, but with yesterdays haul it brought the grand total for cucumbers for 2014 to 301 cucumbers.  Not bad for my first year’s attempt.  I attribute much of this success to my trusty a-frame.

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Now, the vines are shriveling and any cucumbers left on the vines are turning yellow.  It is sad in a way, but even in the drying leaves I see beauty.

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What I find most surprising is that the vines are still producing flowers.

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I think if the weather had held out for a bit longer, the cucumbers would have continued to flourish indefinitely.

It was a great year for cucumbers and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

Not So Itsy Spider!

I know spiders are an important part of our ecosystem, but that doesn’t make me like them in the least.  I’m not an arachnophobe, but when spiders wander into our house, out comes the vacuum and bye-bye goes the spider.

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While checking for more strawberries I happened to notice a wonderful web strung between the arborvitae and the lilac bush.  It was unfortunate that the spider was there, but it did make taking pictures of the web easier.  I have never been able to get my camera to focus on the silvery, clear threads of a web.  The spider at least made it possible to capture a glimpse of yet another wonder of nature.

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Even the scariest of God’s creatures have beauty to share, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.