Grandma’s Garden Book

I’m always cleaning out or going through things and occasionally I run across something that makes me pause, smile and reflect.  This is what happened when I found my Grandma’s garden notebook the other day. This time I paused to read and found an article that was printed in the local newspaper; it was written by a Garden Columnist.  I remember this person he always presented a positive attitude and greeted my grandma with a friendly hug.

In the article he was referencing an afternoon where he was talking with her about growing vegetables. I discovered her passion for gardening didn’t begin with growing food; it began with her flowers and the different shades of green.

This doesn’t surprise me because her yard was always manicured to complete perfection.   When she took over the vegetable garden it was hard for her to do everything so she focused on growing veggies with the highest nutrients, the article was more of a debate if her decision was the right one.

My Grandpa Pete was the original vegetable grower; with age he experienced severe arthritis in his hands which led him to do less outdoors.  He passed away when I was pretty young; but I do remember the smile on his face when something fresh from the garden was brought indoors.

He was a quiet simple person who came to this country from Italy for a better life, like so many others in the early 1900’s.

I believe he taught my grandma a lot about self reliant living during the years they were married as his childhood was very different from hers.  He grew up in hill country in northern Italy where chickens roamed free, gardens were flush and the food was amazing!

After reading the article I opened the book to find some neat treasures.  It was neat to see my grandma’s name printed; she was pretty active in this group and her areas of interest surprised me. The first thing I wanted to share was a poem from what appears to be a gardener’s reflection.

Collect
May the peace of my garden still my troubled hours.
May the beauty of my garden shine through my daily life.
May the inner strength of my garden give me courage.
May the dependability of my garden teach me faith.
May the joyous color of my garden fill my heart with song.
And may my garden vision unfold the wings of my soul.
 
Written by, Ilse Tierney

Next I discovered the Gardener’s prayer; it’s neat to see typesetting on small pieces of notebook paper, it brings back memories from when I was a kid playing with our typewriter; it was so heavy.

Gardener’s Prayer
Dear Father, give me sight to see in sprouting seed and budding tree
In spring’s return when cold winds flee, the promise for eternity. 
Oh may my garden ever be a fitting offering to thee.
 
Author unknown

I enjoyed this book and noticed the group was established in 1940; it looks like my Grandma joined around the early 1960’s.

She must have been a member for sometime because when I  spent my summers with her she introduced me to many of these people; they were kind and I found them to be very interesting.

The groups outreach was impressive and inspiring; they were ladies who loved to garden and share with others.

After reading I sat and thought about my own garden book that I started a few years ago.  It’s filled with many little things and I decided it’s a good place to stack away memories too.  Just as I do here on my blog at times. A friend reminded me this booklet is a treasure and that my grandma is still with me.  I responded with, “she told me once after I moved away from home and got married, that no matter where I went she would always be with me.”

I’m not sure why she and I connected so well, I guess it’s because she saw something in me. I’m very blessed!

12 comments

  1. Beth says:

    What a special treasure to have and a way to extend the bond you both share with gardening.

    1. Thanks – It is pretty special and was fun to read. She was always keeping record… -Carole

  2. Cathy Mini says:

    Woohoo!! So glad you linked this up the best from your blog this week at our Bewitchin Projects block party! Be sure to come back again on Sunday starting at 6am EST over at OurMiniFamily.com to link up your projects again–the linky party runs from Sunday to Thursday each week :D



    ~Cathy Mini~

    1. Thanks Cathy For the reminder- I'll make sure i add this one to my favorites. -Carole

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a special find and great memories of your grandmother. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

    1. Hello Kathy – Thanks for stopping by – this is a treasure she was amazing I sometimes wish I had her energy. Course some tell me I do but there are days that I just think I could do more. See you Sunday!
      -Carole

  4. What a very special treasure Carole to have from your grandmother….I loved the poem and prayer. Such a beautiful legacy!

    1. So glad you enjoyed – I really enjoy the treasures she left behind. They don't outshine the memories but they're a reminder that she was always striving to do better. -Carole

  5. What a sweet reminder of the beautiful woman your grandmother must have been! I love that little poem you found tucked into the book too. Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! How did the THG show go? If I would have been in town, I would have stopped by to say hello. Hope it was a smashing success!
    Blessings,
    Nici

    1. Hello Nici – She was a beautiful woman inside and out; I'm very blessed with the memories of many awesome years together. The THG show was amazing – I did a post Monday about it with a snippet video clip. I will be doing this again in the spring – I prayed before each workshop and stage project and I have to say building in God's element is amazing! Living for the kingdom is the best way to live. Have a Great Wednesday! -Carole

  6. mickie mclaughlin says:

    what a lovely post…..it left me wanting to read MORE. The prayer and poem are particularly sweet, it gives us a peek at your grandmother’s soul. Is it time to think of a book with your own gardening stories that incorporates your grandmother’s wisdom. etc.?? I know I would be totally interested in reading such a book. Keep sharing.

    1. Carole says:

      So glad you enjoyed, it’s a great treasure and that notebook remains at my desk. Startle garden holds much of her wisdom however it wasn’t written in that way. What a neat idea though – I’ll have to add it to my list as she did have this wonderful heart and wow did she ever love people. Just loved being around like minded friends and family. I guess I do need to write more about her, there are more posts in 2014 and there’s even a picture of her in my first Direct compost post. Thanks for blessing my Tuesday!

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