(Tulips at Hershey Gardens.)

In a world where conflict and strife seem to surround us, gardeners create a space where peace and beauty reign. In a time of rampant selfishness, gardeners set the example of selflessness. For it’s impossible to garden only for yourself. The colors and textures you splash upon the ground are soaked up by all the birds, butterflies and passersby in your neighborhood.

But mostly, it’s important to be a good steward of a small patch of earth and to know that you are one among millions who are helping to heal a wounded planet, one garden at a time.

~~ Paul McKenzie, Article on

I’ve been busy in the garden for the past day or so, as well as unpacking and getting caught up with things around the house.  But that’s not the real reason I haven’t come back to finish posting about our trip east.  The real reason is this:  I killed my keyboard.

It seems I had not yet learned the valuable lesson regarding liquids, computers, and keyboards.  That lesson is firmly learned now.  No more tall glasses of iced tea will grace the top of this desk.  I am very grateful to M for the spare keyboard.

The weather here in the Bogs is perfect for gardening.  Sunny but not too hot.  I worked on a small section of our veggie garden yesterday, getting it ready to plant spinach and some lettuces.  I should be able to plant the seeds today.

We harvested the first of the asparagus on Sunday.  Because there wasn’t much of it I chopped it up and put it in a vegetable stir-fry I made for dinner.  I should be able to harvest some more today.  It doesn’t look like it will be a bumper crop, but we’ll have to wait and see.  I’m not sure how fast the spears will come up or how prolific it will be now that we’ve started harvesting it.

I don’t know if or when I’ll get back to posting about our trip.  I do have tons of photos I’d like to share (including some more from Orchid Mania and our trip to Lake View Cemetery) so I’m going to try to get a few out every day.

(Entrance to Hershey Gardens)