My Little Piece of Paradise

I am thrilled to know that I can experience so much joy in my own back yard!!!

For as long as I can remember; I have always wanted to have my own garden.  I remember going to the local library at the age of 5 borrowing books with my mom about gardening.  We cut clippings of my Grandma Alice’s mint leaves and planted them on the side of the house.  One of my favorite things to do every time I went to play outside was run to the side of the house and pinch off a couple of mint leaves.  When family would come to visit and friends would come over to play I would parade over to the mint leaves and proudly show off our plants.  those mint leaves are still there.  Right where we planted them :).

Through the years I had the most success with growing herbs.  Mint, Oregano, Lavender, Sage, Russian Sage, Spanish lavender.  One spring I saved up my money to buy beautiful “Buena Vista Lavender” plants.  I carefully tended to those lavender plants, pruning them and drying the lavender.   I was heart broken to see them dead when I returned from Cali.

In the summer of 2011 a friend of mine would always bring up the fact that they wanted to garden, but they did a lot more talking than doing.  I tried to help and I probably worked harder on it than they did.  There was a communal plot that tenants of the apartment could use.  I spent hours on that plot weeding and tilling until it was ready.  I think they helped put some card board down to keep weeds from coming up, but sadly they never pursued the garden.  

That following year in the spring of 2012 I told my best friend Monty about my dream of having a garden.  There was a plot right outside of our apartment porch that needed a little tlc.  We were much more successful because we worked together to weed and till our plot.  I had heard that the best time to plant seeds is on good Friday and that is when we started that sunny day in March.  Then life happened and we got pulled away from gardening.  He was pursuing his dream of teaching English in Taiwan and we were trying to decide if we were going to stay in a long distance relationship.  I loved him and I could not imagine life without him.  At the same time, at that time, I was struggling with self-esteem and self-confidence.  I often worried that I was not good enough for him.  I kept bracing myself waiting for something to go wrong and was always worried that I was going to mess up and make him go away.  At the end of April we made a mutual decision to break up, but it completely broke my heart.  I think that was the worst heartache I ever had in my entire life.  I think one of the last times we saw each other before he left, I brought over a “surprise seed” to sprinkle on our garden plot.  It was Baby’s Breath…

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 I still wanted to garden, but I was moving around so much that it was too difficult for me to plant some roots.  

In the Spring of 2015 when Christopher and I were reunited, I mentioned my dream of having a garden and I think he took it to heart…  We moved into our first house that summer.  Fast forward to the present, or slightly past, he bought us that green house and encouraged me to get some seeds, soil, and containers.  I had so much anxiety around it.  I think I was worried that if I planted the seeds somehow I would do it wrong and nothing would grow…  I decided to try anyways.

I was a little discouraged when that wind blew our green house upside down and all of my seedlings ended up on the ground, but I decided to try and rescue everything that I could and I am so glad that I did.  

Our garden is growing and flourishing and I Absolutely love it.  I get so much peace and joy from working in our garden.

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Let’s try this again!  I replanted everything into containers and tried to rescue what I could.
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BEFORE
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Here is a preview of the current garden!
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Alleyjanda LOVES to help me garden!
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Isn’t she lovely?!?!?!

And then we went to play on the swings!!!  She’s just like her momma.  we love the swings!  ❤ ❤ ❤

I love my Alleyjandra Kitty-girl.  This song reminds me of her!

 

Right now I feel Joyful, Happy, and Peaceful.   I hope this feeling lasts forever.  I think that’s a reason why I feel so blessed to be in this relationship.  My boyfriend brings out the best in me.  I have been afraid to garden all these years and he gave me just the encouragement I needed to get started!  ❤  Never give up on your dreams!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

Alana Xoxoxo

8 thoughts on “My Little Piece of Paradise

  1. So awesome! I’ve always loved gardening with my dad but honestly i have no green thumb, it’s just wishful thinking lol but when we buy/build a home I’m definitely going to start gardening! (how does your cat like the harness/leash? I’m thinking of doing it myself!)

    1. I am so excited about having fresh produce this summer. I think my cat likes her harness so far. A lot of times they walk pretty slowly to begin with. It takes some getting used to, but it is such a nice, safe way to let her get some fresh air. 🙂 My mom’s cat loves his walks and asks for them and he has been using a harness longer so I think it is a good thing.

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