I am both humbled and overwhelmed by my responsibility to this little plot of Mother Earth I call home. And grateful – beyond grateful am I.
It’s hard work to reclaim land that has laid fallow for almost three years, as I have focused energy elsewhere.
I am grateful to the Devic Realm and the Guardian Spirits of the plants who teach and work with me as I plant each plant. I am grateful to my friend Will and his gentle, careful work here. “We don’t want to mess with this corner, do we? Fairies live back here, don’t they?” he asked. Indeed they do, I replied.
I stand in awe of the unfolding drama that is Spring in my back yard. Dogwoods and tulip magnolias that were a riot of color yesterday drop their flowers in a profusion of brilliant leaves today. Green, green, green – every shade imaginable – everywhere I look! New growth on the camellia bush outside my office window and on the gardenias outside my bedroom window. Sweet betsy bursts in heady fragrance, and the honeysuckle and jasmine will overwhelm my senses soon.
My neighbors would like me to mow the front yard more often, but I resist, giving the dandelions a chance to bloom, feeding the bees. A new bed in the front yard is filling in with flowers and herbs and vegetables (yes – the front yard!)
And the back yard – a new bed centered and anchored by a frame in the shape of the Goddess (sort of like this one), with moon flower and morning glory vines soon trailing up her body, hopefully a home for nesting birds and prayer ribbons tied around her.
I saw a similar idea in the apple orchards of Avalon a few years ago, and finally am attempting my own version.
It is taking a village to create the sacred space for which I am responsible – Will, Linda, Susan, Raven, Meg, and Mother Earth Herself.
Maybe I can also begin to think outside my own land. My neighbors and I have been talking about a community garden. Who knows where the ripples will lead?
Photo copyright: Susan Bollinger
Goddess art copyright: Raven Davis Chitalo
I’ve found in addition to Mother Goddess I have another deity. Genius Loci; along with the precious Deva we have quite the sacred… reverent…. Holy temple on my land. In my veggie garden, in my herb garden….in the field (I agree mowing must be carefully timed!) I have found my altar.
Hi Rane, what a lovely way of expressing your love and care for the land! Thank you and blessings to you!
Your writings always inspire me and lift my spirit! Thank you for all that you do and teaching us to be the best that we can be!
Oh Sharon, thank you! Hope all is well with you and that your journey to Spirit is joyful right now! I look forward to seeing you soon! Blessings, Deb
We are looking forward to starting a vegetable (and sunflower!) garden this year…it too, will be in the front yard! I am quite excited. Also have a magnolia tree and many lilacs to look forward to. Bless those people who lived here before us who chose low-maintenance yet beautiful landscaping! I am still learning to keep any plant alive really but my yard gives us new treasures weekly. Love seeing posts here more often. With all due respect, and as a small aside, I believe the word in your title should be “steward” instead of “stewart.” Peace!
Thanks Emily (and I’ll fix the typo!). Best with your garden endeavors too! Deb
Simply wonderful Deb ♡ Mother Earth blessings all around! Hugs
Thank you so very much and hugs to you too! I look forward to seeing you soon! Blessings, Deb
Just beautiful, as always. Your descriptions paint the most amazing imagery. Thank you.
I really enjoy your writings! It makes me want to have my own garden space, however, I can’t seem to get the interior of my home straight!
Hi Kathy, ask your Guides for the strength to clean one square foot of one room. Then, the energy will come to help you do more. And add at least one potted plant to your yard! You’ll feel better. Thank you for writing and please stay in touch! Blessings, Deb
Beautiful! You’re an inspiration. Thank you.
Thank you Meghan and thank you for following my blog posts! Blessings, Deb