June 23, 2021

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Gardening Through a Difficult Year

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Today we’re in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada, visiting with Kim Herdman.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe year 2020 was very stressful for everyone with the pandemic, and for us the pandemic just made everything that challenged us that much worse. Michael had to be hospitalized numerous times and even air-ambulanced to Vancouver (seven hours away) for a month. The stress of his condition for me was only made bearable by the garden. I had to do many of the jobs he usually did and even had to hire a young, strong teenage boy to help get some really big jobs done. I think it was the garden and seeing it that helped Michael to keep going even when doctors gave up hope on him.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis is one of the big jobs that was finished with the help of a strong teenage boy! The sitting area was enlarged as well as the path into it. Something to think about when designing: physical ability and safety. Funny how when you age or get struck with illness or disability, you realize that the once-secret path is not so practical!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBefore the construction to enlarge the sitting area and path into it, this is how the area looked. Definitely not enough room for anyone with mobility issues.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe voluptuousness of plants that go wild! Self-seeding is a bonus that gardeners should appreciate. Last year saw so many self-seeded babies after we were away for the whole 2019 season that I gave away carloads. It seemed like there was an endless supply.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI am so glad that after three years my ‘Space Coast Seashells’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Space Coast Seashells’, Zones 3–9) finally bloomed.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsSpending time with grandkids is our greatest joy, and they always have so much fun in the garden, whether it is playing with water or rocks or helping me “whack” the plants when deadheading. And digging potatoes was like finding buried treasure!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBlooms of spring are harbingers of hope.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsSeeing beauty just helps take all the cares away.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMy turn at planting the veggies. It was a terrible year for bugs, slugs, cabbage worms, and carrot maggots. But that is gardening. You’ve always got to think next year will be better. And that is a good mantra for all of us: next could be better. I am so looking forward to saying goodbye to COVID. Hopefully we will all take away the lessons that we have learned and will continue to grow.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI grew squash up the wall! It saved space, and because it was such a cool, rainy year, the plants produced more and had no pests.

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