It was the perfect day. The sun was shining and I had a garden consult and a plant rescue mission on the
schedule for the day. The consult was for a dear friend and neighbor of mine. He has the loveliest garden
and invited me over to help him with some problem areas. He also needed help figuring out where to put
a few new plants. I find incredible joy in sharing this passion of gardening. What a wondrous thing it is.
Once we finished with the consult, it was nice to just sit down on his back deck chatting and enjoying
the tremendous view.
It was then time to go home and grab some lunch and a little nap. I knew that the rescue mission
would be pretty big and require a lot of energy. So when I plan days like this, I have to plan time to
rest. It helps in managing the chronic pain. The timing was perfect!
When I go on a plant rescue I never fully know what I’m getting into. It’s so exciting!! What will
the house be like? What kind of garden is there? Flowers? Veggies? Both? Perennials? Natives? Oh, the
anticipation!! The gardener I was doing this for had told me that he had to pick up his kids from school and
would arrive a little bit after I got there. He told me to go ahead and start digging up the Quaking Aspens in
his front yard. I couldn’t help but wonder what the neighbors would think! I figured I looked pretty
official with all of the signage on my car and trailer.
While digging the aspens, a neighbor walking by, stopped to chat a bit. He told me that he had
Quaking Aspens in his yard and that every year these little worms would eat every leaf off. So this year he
put up chickadee nests. The chickadees ate every worm off those trees! How brilliant is that? No
pesticides were needed. Nature in action! I was so excited to learn something new.
The homeowner arrived home with his 2 beautiful children, Leah and Alex. They really were. Both
of them were so friendly and kind. It was a pleasure meeting them. John, the homeowner, took me on
a tour of what I could rescue. Let me tell you I was so excited!! In addition to the aspens, I was able
to rescue native Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), native Oxalis, raspberries, oregano, strawberry mint and
the beautiful Cape Fuschia!
It was a warm day and John even brought out some lemonade for me. He showed me some of
the veggie gardening projects that he was working on. It was awesome because he is playing
around with a lot of sustainability ideas which is right up my alley! We had a beautiful
conversation about kids, life and gardening. When it was time to leave he gave me a nice big
hug. I love my work/play!
So you can see that the day was filled to the top with beautiful people and wondrous gardening.