Garden flowers

I always grow flowers in the garden – flowers for picking, for the dinner table, for the bathroom counter, for the nightstand. For the neighbors. America has gotten away from flowers, except for funerals and weddings. And yet, what pure joy it is to dine in the company of cosmos, zinnias, bee balm, or dill – along with a thousand other fragrant or beautiful blooms. A single rose can be enough. A few marigolds in the bathroom are magical, or by the bedside. What romance! What love it carries.

 So among the most earnest endeavors in your vegetable garden, plant flowers. They’re so easy, and so beautiful. A garden should be beautiful, and help make life the same way.

 Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem, or saying a prayer

 –Anne Morrow Lindbergh

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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