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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pink Flowering Tree April 1965

Grampa and Grandma loved color in the garden. From the first buds on the trees and bushes to the marigolds dried on their stems, they loved them all. Each beautiful flower and vegetable was cause for celebration.

Grandma and Grandpa helped to ground our family to the earth with their work in the garden. They lived outdoors from the beginning of spring to the end of fall. In turn they taught their children and then their grandchildren how to bury seeds, tie plants, thin carrots and best of all, how to eat a tomato fresh from the garden and sprinkled with salt. There isn't any better taste. Each September my sister and I would proudly carry bouquets of freshly cut flowers from this garden to our new teachers. 

Connected to the earth. Grounded. Tomatoes with salt. It was hard work. But I miss it. 


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Budding Trees April 1965

This beautiful flowering cherry tree looks much smaller here than it did when my memories of it began. This is 1965 and my strongest memories of the magical backyard begin around 1973. It lived for a long time before it finally had to be removed.

Champ is doing his doggie thing, sniffing the new spring smells. The bare dirt of the gardens awaits the strong hands of my grandparents. It might be interesting to my cousins to see how far back the gardens originally went. Planting these beds was not a  undertaking and we all took part. 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fire in the Yard April 1967

At first I thought that was a bit of leftover snow in the yard. But it is a fire. I never remember Grampa and Grandma having a bonfire in the backyard. How fun! Wish I had been there. 

It makes sense. 1967 brought a lot of snow. I am sure there were a lot of downed branches and twigs to get rid of before planting time.