Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Garden Legacy

This past weekend we visited my parents in Louisiana, and I had a wonderful time photographing their beautiful little vegetable garden.

It's that time of year when the garden is just beginning to "come in," and they are already harvesting tender little green beans, zucchini, bell peppers, and squash.

It won't be long until the cucumbers and tomatoes will be ready ...

I love photographing the vegetables, especially up close. It amazes me to see how the pretty little blooms turn into squash or cucumbers, almost overnight.

I love the delicate looking, yet sturdy, little tendrils of the vines that latch onto the garden stakes and wrap themselves around the stems of the plants.

Our granddaughter Avery Grace was with us, and Mama and Daddy delighted in showing her the garden. She has always loved to explore their gardens, especially when it's harvest time. Here, they are looking for squash that are ready to pick ...

Inspecting the tiny okra plants ...

She was pleased with the "harvest," but had trouble holding it all ...

I think gardening is a wonderful experience for children. Not only do they learn about Nature as they plant their garden and watch it grow, but I think they also learn gentleness, patience, and nurturing in the process.

I'm so glad my parents have been able to share their love of gardening with Avery. I'm sure she will have many fond memories of the times she spent with them in their gardens — not to mention the delicious home-grown cucumbers and tomatoes that are her favorites!

Here are some pictures of Avery visiting their garden last year. Gotta love those garden boots, and look how little she looks. What a difference a year makes ...

One of my all-time favorite pictures ...

And here she is planting tomatoes with her great-grandaddy when she was four ...

Thank you, Daddy ... for this priceless legacy you're giving Avery by sharing your love of gardening with her.

4 comments:

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Love the sweet pictures of Avery and your parents!

Their garden looks so green and lush, I can see where you get your love of gardening! Bet Avery Grace will love it too!

Richard Cottrell said...

Oh my, the South is so far ahead of us. I just now planted some of the things you all are already enjoying. Did not know mo. was so far behind Louisiana. I think I need to move. RC at My Old Historic House

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Janie, I am just crying over those sweet, sweet pictures of Avery Grace with your parents. You're right, this is a pricless legacy, but the most priceless one is the love you feel for your family that you've passed on to her. What a treasure!

Love to you, my sweet friend, and God's richest blessings today and always...

XO,

Sheila

racheld said...

What a sweet chronicle of life in the living---growth and plenty.

Thank you for sharing all the generations, especially---the succesive green thumbs are not visible, but are clearly evident.

Just lovely.