A Time for Thanks

A hummingbird visits the new garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

A female hummingbird visits the new garden (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

As many of my readers know, 2015 was a busy year spent rebuilding our home after a fire loss, and 2016 has proven equally challenging as I continue to tie up loose ends around the house, while trying to rebuild my life. Some days I take things in stride, other days I do not. But either way, I am always grateful. Grateful for the roof over my head. Grateful that I can get through each day. Grateful for the love and support of family, friends and community.

Traditionally, November and December are months of togetherness and celebration for my family. Yet, with several birthdays mingled between the holidays, it often becomes so hectic that there is rarely time for reflection. For a quiet moment to look back on the year’s accomplishments and lessons. As this holiday season approaches, I would like to share what I have learned and the ways that I am recharging my gratitude meter. [Read more…]

What Our Plants Teach Us

Burned rhododendron in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

The charred remains of foundation plantings (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

The durability of plants never ceases to amaze me. A seed is planted, occasionally sprinkled with water, and bears luscious fruit within a few months. A forest decimated in a raging fire quickly produces new growth, emerging victorious. Monstrous trees grow from the seemingly impervious rock walls of a mountainside. Plants are simply amazing. And if I’ve learned anything from gardening these many decades, it is that plants have a lesson for us. A lesson about persevering, no matter the odds.

A rainbow of colors displayed in iris petals in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

The colors of the rainbow are displayed in the petals of this iris (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Look closely and you will witness plant miracles every day. The miracle of a gorgeous coneflower blossom in hues that challenge the color wheel. The marvel of a lobelia’s scarlet flower providing nourishing nectar for a visiting hummingbird. Or the intricate petals of a bearded iris, laid out like a hand of cards displaying all the shades of the rainbow. Our landscape plants withstand winter’s horrendous cold and summer’s intense heat and drought without succumbing. Sure, they may wilt a bit, or even turn brown under extreme conditions, but give them a little love, and they’re right back to status quo. [Read more…]

Starting From the Ground Up

The Rubble Remains in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

The Rubble Remains (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

The word foundation has several meanings; it can refer to a long time relationship built upon a solid foundation of love and trust, or it can mean the cosmetic foundation a woman applies to her face each morning.  In this case, foundation relates to my house, a house that was lost to an aggressive fire in January.  The fire that erupted at 4 a.m. on January 9th had an insatiable hunger and when it finally burned out nothing was left of our home.  Glass melted into ice flows.  Cookware was deformed as if viewed from a distorted mirror.  A few bits of fabric and random pieces of hardware were scattered amongst the ashes.  That, and a charred section of foundation, were all that remained. [Read more…]