When I was growing up, my grandparents babysat my sister and I every day after school and on PA Days at their flower shop. We would help build boxes, listen to stories while my grandfather cleaned thorns off the roses, and watch as my grandmother created beautiful arrangements while humming her favourite old tunes.
For the past 20 years, my own mother has built a showstopper of a garden surrounding her own home. She adores roses and perennials, and has reaped some bountiful harvests from her veggie gardens. Over the past 12 years, she has shared all kinds of gardening wisdom with me as I built my own perennial gardens and veggie gardens. A day in the garden with my mom is truly a delight, and every week when she visits, one of my favourite things to do is accompany her on a garden tour where she points out what she likes and what can be improved (and how so) in my own gardens.
But nothing is sweeter than watching my own children as they pick cherry tomatoes right off the plant and pop them into their mouths! It can seem like forever before the tomatoes start ripening toward the middle of August, but they are so worth the wait! [Read more...]