gardening relationships

Our enchanted front yard garden is overflowing with grandeur. The juicy abundance feels so exuberant with greens, reds, yellows and oranges. In Houston it takes only a little effort to have a garden grow & then overgrow.

Our unruly tomatoes are sprawling over the edge of their container & taking over the entire front lawn, sweet peas are creeping up the fence in front of the sunflowers with the help of some twine Larry put up. Their swirling tentacles are like magic, or intelligent at the least. Then we are growing spinach, lettuce and a new baby papaya tree in the rest of the containers.


sweet peas

Finn usually eats the little orange tomatoes as they ripen & we picked our first red big tomato just yesterday. We are teaching him how to pick peas off the vine and crunch on them.


All of this gardening & growing reminds me of how our family is taking root in this new chapter coming up next weekend where Larry & I are committing to one another in a ceremony in front of our community. The purpose of a marriage for me is to deepen the roots in the relationship.

I guess I can see that is how the juiciest of sustenance is created in gardening as well as in relationships. When we cultivate, nurture & share with our community, the plants or each other the deeper the roots grow & hence a richer experience in food, love & family.


Papaya Tree

the neighbors blackberry bush

onion flower

bliss lettuce


Farmstand Flowers & a Mermaid Dress!

There is so much going on here getting ready for the wedding that I barely have time to share. But I feel I must!! It’s really just to much fun not too.

Two weeks ago we took a trip up to Austin to visit the wedding venue, swim at Barton Springs, find Alaska (one of my brides maids) a dress and take care of any loose ends.

Well we found the most beautiful dress for Alaska, she says she feels like a mermaid in this dress. AND we found the coolest flower farm stand in Blanco. This is where we will buy the flowers and then take them back to the barn to assemble into very organic and fun bouquets and arrangements. A big part of our wedding celebration is creating and strengthening our community, so putting the flowers together is part of that bonding.

We are so excited that at the wedding there will be a mixture of locally grown fresh cut flowers & wild flowers arranged and in our bouquets. I’m excited to see how it all turns out. If you are coming to the wedding, come by on Saturday to help everyone put them all together. It’s part of the party. Then after we can all go jump in Hamilton Pool! I hope!!

More to come with only one week to go!!