Monday, October 18, 2010

The Flowers of Our Labor


Dear Friends, 

This post is quite late as we have already had a few near-frosts here in Vermont! Brrr.....I needed to remember those glorious late-summer days...

We really wanted to keep Tasha's vegetable garden alive, and came up with the idea of a community garden. So this summer, we all got together on Wednesday mornings and gardened, almost like a CSA (learn more about CSAs here!). We all pitch in with the work, then share the harvest. The family atmosphere really brings to life all that Tasha was so fond of...warmth, family, the spirit of togetherness, and simple pleasures. It feels so good to work together, and then see the reward. How many opportunities do we have to do that in our daily lives? So few!

{ready for harvest}

I have to admit, it was one of my favorite times of the week, because I got to watch Sophie and Ellie! It's loads of fun to just garden together, run after the little girls, and share about life while staking tomatoes or weeding....(or running into the amazing, giant Cercropia caterpillar like we did one week...or discussing the porcupine damage!). Tasha always did what she called a "tour de estate" and that is the first thing we do each week!


A month or so ago, we had some lovely zinnias, calendula, and of course goldenrod (a few foxgloves! a few sweet peas!). After we garden, we all eat lunch together back at the Rookery, outside on the picnic tables Seth Tudor built if the weather cooperates. I spent some time outside after lunch making a few bouquets for each of us to bring home.


Tasha always managed to create such perfectly lovely bouquets that mine don't begin to hold a candle (have you seen some of them in Tasha Tudor's Garden?)

But ah, the flowers of our labor smell so much sweeter! Don't you agree?
From a sunny, but chilly, day in Vermont,
~Natalie

6 comments:

  1. A beautiful garden with beautiful love, thoughts, memories and family community! Tasha would be pleased....
    Janice

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  2. Natalie, your bouquets are very pretty. I am sure that Tasha would be proud of you for continuing in her footsteps and keeping precious traditions alive. So much that you learned from such a gentle lady.
    Have a blessed week.

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  3. Dear Natalie,

    Your lovely flowers look like "Floral Hall" at the fair! The vegetable garden looks great! There is nothing like fresh vegetables from the garden! I'm still canning carrots.

    Your fellow gardener,
    Diane at Corgyncombe Cottage

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  4. Natalie, I think your bouquets are quite lovely! I was so glad to read that you all kept her gardens going, together. I know Tasha would love it. I hope all of us who loved and admired her will continue to keep her traditions alive and to pass them on to those who didn't know of her work and way of life.
    Blessings,
    Jan

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  5. A beautiful garden ♥very pretty.

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  6. Dear Natalie,

    Your lovely flowers look like "Floral Hall" at the fair! The vegetable garden looks great! There is nothing like fresh vegetables from the garden! I'm still canning carrots.

    Your fellow gardener,
    Diane at Corgyncombe Cottage

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