Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Where do I get the gardening gene?

There's a strong gardening gene in my family, mixed with a lot of creativity, love of the outdoors and nature, and just a love of learning. I was recently asked when I began gardening in earnest, and I instantly recalled this photo from my childhood:
I've always been a gardener

And I think of this photo of my grandparents in their zinnia patch:
Joe and Leola in their garden

But there's a new photo to add to the collection. It's the Gardeners of the Month in Sun City, Texas...

 My mom and dad: gardeners of the month

Seriously. Look at that garden. (And my mother does not want you to look at that satellite dish.) I'm so fortunate to have learned my love of growing beautiful things from my ancestors, for they were the original bad asses. (My mother probably doesn't want to be known as that but I wrote it, so there.) Congratulations to the official Gardeners of the Month of Sun City, Texas!

6 comments:

danger garden said...

Great photos every one! Hope your mom didn't get to close to that Opuntia...

Kami said...

Love!!

scottweberpdx said...

Love it! I always look back fondly on my parents/grandparents and how they influenced me to love garden and nature...that zinnia patch looks JUST like the one my dad had when I was a kid!

Heather said...

Oh my gosh, you're so cute with your tiny wheelbarrow and your giant sunflowers!

And how can you notice the satellite dish with a yard like that?

Grace said...

Congratulations. This is a high honor. No wonder you're so gifted. You come from good stock. Love that picture of you as a little tyke.

Anonymous said...

That is wonderful! You certainly get it honestly. I, too, love the photo of you with the wheelbarrow. And your parents' garden ...wow! Is that a rosemary in the foreground? I am jealous! They deserve all the honors they received.
Lee Ann