Backyard parables, margaret roach February 1, 2013

Free book Friday!

Fans of Margaret Roach and her blog A Way to Garden are going to want to read the full-length version of her mindset with “the backyard parables - lessons on gardening and life” (Grand Central Publishing).

Margaret has one of those 2.5 acre, East Coast-centric gardens with a tad of Martha-gone-grubby going on. With spring springing soon, it will get your horticultural mojo flowing with thoughts on frogs and fancy shrubs.

To win it, share one of your backyard parables (thankfully Margaret tells us what a parable is: a comparison or juxtaposition). We’ll pick a winner, eyes closed, pinkie promise.

Wow - close to a 100 comments on the Vertical Vegetable Gardening book. The comments are worth reading if only to pick up salad ingredient ideas. Alas only one winner though (we only have one book!) and he or she is…..Sheila Menedez. 

Comments

Kathleen says:

One doesn’t have time to grow roses until menopause.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 7:34 am.

Charlotte Owendyk says:

For me, my garden is my version of heaven on earth.  Maybe that’s why I have the rose called heaven on earth.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 7:44 am.

Jennifer Thompson says:

My parable is about opposites living together. My dog guards our chickens when they free range. Our old fat black cat wanders through the scene, lying in the sun, oblivious to anyone else’s existence. Birds flitter at feeders, at no peril from the cat. All this harmony amongst would-be predators and their prey. That we humans should all get along like this.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 7:54 am.

Heather says:

My garden is my stress therapy. When the gardens are in bloom and i come home from a long day “solving issues” I walk my dog amongst all the plants, pulling weeds here and there. Peaceful, non-demanding and rewarding to experience nature in its full glory.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 7:55 am.

Your namePenny says:

My backyard beckons me to come play and enjoy the sun today as my roses turn their faces toward the warm sun so shall I.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:05 am.

Mia says:

Gardening is the fountain of youth. You realize this as you tackle those weeds.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 am.

Kathy Matthews says:

Your comment   Crystal raindrops cling to the underside of the glass table top dressing it with water pearls.  It is just too wet and cold for me to go out and join the party.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:28 am.

Sandy says:

Cats in the garden, squirrels in the trees.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:43 am.

meg says:

Parable of the Broody Hen…http://www.nantuckettiechic.com/2011/06/broody-hens.html

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:52 am.

Lise Bixler says:

I like to read about chaos theory, and then find it played out in my garden.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 9:07 am.

John Williams says:

Birds it the Garden
Enjoying the Wonderment
Total Relaxation

Have a wonderful day,
John

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 9:16 am.

Annie M. says:

The neighborhood bear shuffles in to raid the birdfeeders in the moonlight, the birds visit for breakfast at dawn.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 10:04 am.

Stevie D says:

This lovely book would be a nice juxtaposition, in my eclectic, yet small library of gardening books, in my vastly small book shelf.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 11:24 am.

Guida Quon says:

Gardening books are the best. Gardeners are good people.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 11:59 am.

Donna says:

A garden is a parable for life.  A few weeds along life’s journey only makes the rest seem sweeter.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm.

Ellen says:

Gardens are like children: unruly yet loved.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm.

Victoria says:

Gardens and gardeners = hope for the future.

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm.

Deborah Morgan says:

Your comment  

My garden is my beloved.
My beloved is dirt!

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm.

Sharon says:

Here in the Northeast, winter is for dreaming, summer, reality.

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 4:23 am.

Krysta says:

If water is food, rain is grandma’s cooking

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 9:41 am.

Tina Knezevic says:

My Shangri-La garden is my heaven on earth!

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 10:39 am.

Sharon says:

In a drop of dew lies the entire universe.

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm.

Melissa mclarney says:

Life began in a garden

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 3:23 am.

tropaeolum says:

My mother’s garden is littered with plants that aren’t doing very well or were poorly placed. They obscure the beauty of the plants that are thriving and the good bones of design.  The has some very unusual plants, but they are hidden by the lackluster hydrangeas sulking in the sun or the euonymous that the rabbits find so tasty. She is constantly frustrated with her gardens, she doesn’t like how it looks or behaves, but she isn’t willing to cut down the trees that are too close together or move the hollies that don’t like the alkaline soil. 

Her is a lesson in how, in order to be happy, one must be able to acknowledge one’s mistakes, deal with them, and move on.

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 4:27 am.

Deborah Banks says:

Hard work in the garden is a reward in itself; the process itself is the important part.

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 am.

rachelle says:

Ahhhh - getting my hands dirty in the gardens is all I need to lessen any stress in the day. I believe gardening is therapy for whatever ails us - it is quiet & relaxing even tho I’ve worked quite hard - I am renewed!

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm.

Gloria says:

Winter gardens tease with dreams of possibilities while reading seed catalogs sipping tea on a snowy afternoon.

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm.

Karen says:

Enduring change, constancy of cycles, everything lives in multiple systems, science is art is science - the garden teaches me faith, persistence, resilience and reaffirms my belief in God and that nothing is new under the sun while, at the same time, every day is full of wonder.

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm.

gloria m. says:

Your comment
The garden is the very source of our life. We are part of the green world..

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 7:34 am.

Diane says:

Plants don’t judge.

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm.

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