On Flowers

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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. But what a  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 conveys to all around.

So among your other earnest endeavors in the vegetable garden next year, plant flowers. They’re so easy, and so beautiful.

A garden, mind you, should be beautiful.

“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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