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“A Flower Garden for Mom”

Description from EPBCornell: My mom loves gardening and has over the years developed and expanded her own vegetable and flower garden in Maine, adding and tilling in seaweed collected from accessible beaches to enrich the soil (which does a wonderful job fertilizing naturally, but, unfortunately, disqualifies her from certifying as "organic"). Since retiring this past year (she is 75) as the gardener for the farmhouse property in Brooklin, ME once owned by E.B. White (where he wrote Charlotte's Web and other favorites), my mother now has more time to tend her own garden and will be able to do more harvesting for the farmers' market this year. She's very excited! Also a lover of bees, she tried keeping her own hives down near the back of the garden for a couple of years, but the black bears kept tearing them apart to steal the honey, alas. I wish I had half her energy; she is an amazing woman-- always up to something, usually in the garden or the kitchen. Today she finished digging up & potting 150 plants for the Blue Hill Library plant sale fundraiser. She's been at it for a few days now. She says she has committed to 300! When she needs some down time, she does some reading, admittedly dozing off at times.
Well, I feel like I've just written a gloating family holiday letter about my mom, and I apologize if that's how it's come across-- I think of everything about my mother, the best is how she accepts and is interested in everyone, wants to hear what they think about things and get their perspectives, even if they're tired all the time like me & can't do everything she does or don't know what she knows. She may not agree with some of someone's choices or opinions (she has a few very good friends she passionately disagrees with on many things-- she & I have fundamental disagreements, too), but she doesn't write anyone off or exclude them. Her circle is never closed.
I really, really love my mom.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Your pick is as beautiful as your mother sounds. She sounds very vibrant and active.

  2. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Thank you, Pam. Yes, once the sun is up she gets up & goes for a walk & then really doesn’t stop from there. I don’t know how she does it. (Sometimes my dad has to hold up her non-stop activity for her own good: “Nancy, would you stop for a moment and can we think about this a little more? Are you sure that’s the best way to go about that?” My parents each have very different styles of approaching a task and of communicating, but they’ve learned how to work with each other and make a very effective team– although they have, both comically & stressfully, gotten lines crossed on numerous occasions in their long history of projects together.)

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    Island Deb says:

    Gloating? No – Celebrating! Would love to meet your mom (and all these beaders too). So sweet to still have your parents to treasure. She’s gotta be a strong woman to live and thrive in Maine. Kudos! Cool pick! She’s clearly not a ‘pastel English garden person! Me either. (:

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Two works of art…this lovely floral bouquet & delightful imagery of your “go-get-em” Mom. I envy her energy as well.

  5. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Gloat on, Liz, as much as you wish! I love your delightful biography honoring your Mom! If you wrote a book, similar to the homage you’ve just paid to both your parents, I would buy it and read it in a heartbeat. Your mother is a FORCE! And the pick you’ve crafted so beautifully portrays her fascinating nature.

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    MH says:

    Lovely! I wish I had half your mom’s energy!

  7. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    I would love to meet your mother!!! Let’s all take a road trip to Maine!
    A question – why does using seaweed disqualify a garden as organic? Just the opposite, one would think.

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    Melody F says:

    I wish I had your mom’s energy. Me, I fell off the bottom step of my stairs at home a few years ago, broke my leg (4 months in a cast) and have never gotten back to square one. I love your pick, so colorful. I garden, mostly containers. We all do what we can.

  9. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Thanks, everyone, for appreciating my mom with me! I do wish you all could meet her & see her garden.
    Merilee, I, too, am baffled about the seaweed disqualification to certify organic. It seems dumb. But it is so. Mom’s ok without the “organic” label.
    Melody, what an awful injury! I think container gardens are wonderful, too. I’ve only ever gotten as far as keeping one box garden of basil & parsley, from starter six-pack flats bought at Home Depot. So you’re leaps & bounds ahead of me in gardening skills.

  10. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    What a lovely tribute to our energetic mom. She sounds like a wonderful person. I’d also love to see her garden.

  11. SilverCords aka Judy
    SilverCords aka Judy says:

    A really cool pick and a lovely tribute to your mother and her abilities to raise a garden. My father always had a huge garden, but he’s almost 94 and gave it up last year. He just can’t get around any more and I miss his garden so much. So enjoy your mom’s bounty while you can!

  12. SF Girl
    SF Girl says:

    Love this fun, colorful, eclectic pick honoring your mom. I feel like I know her now! I don’t think it is “gloating”, rather it is “glowing”. Lovely.

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