Grandma’s Garden

im003893.jpgI call my enclosed bed Grandma’s Garden because it reminds me of Grandma Hilst’s humble tumble of fruits & flowers.  The rusted gate is a fitting reminder that country gardens don’t have to be pretentious to be charming.  Our little patch yields abundantly–wreaths of Sweet Annie, grapevine and bittersweet, and the dried everlasting flowers to decorate them.  Enough herbs to carry us flavorfully through the winter months.  Seasonal decorations of broom corn and rose hips; seasonal color of peonies, zinias, larkspur, and ladies mantle.

Although we originally fenced in the garden to keep the rabbits out, one wee baby squeezed through and now lives happily squestered in his own solitary garden, resisting all efforts to herd him out.  Oh well.  One rabbit we can tolerate.  I might change the name of the garden to Grandma’s Hutch.



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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