A to Z challenge · gardens · Vicki's Ramblings

G is for…

GGod, Gardens, Grandma!!!

Yea.. That last one kind of scares me!  What will my grandkids call me??  GiGi??  Meemaw??  Mamma Vicki???  Gramma???  What do I want them to call me??  

These are important decisions!

In my family, grandparents are called Grandma and Grandpa. Which gets sort of confusing when you have four, or, as our kids do, 6.  My brothers kids call my parents Grandpa Tractor and Grandma Chicken to keep things straight.  My kids call my Mother in Law Grandma D.  My dad wanted us to call him “Poppa” but we just sort of included that with Grandpa. It became interchangeable.  Which is fine too.

Other families use different names for their grandparents.  I would love to hear what you guys call your grandparents in the comments please.  I need all the help I can get!!


I often times call myself “psycho gardener” because I get so many gardens going.  Its fun and looks beautiful when I could get them mulched and weeded, which actually did happen sometimes.  I have learned some ways to keep the weeds down over the years that are inexpensive and work well.  For example, grass clippings over layers of newspaper.

I keep saying someday I will have a full time gardener on staff and I will have amazing gardens.  What???  It could happen!!!

In the meantime, I just work on weeding and mulching the gardens I have. I said that when we moved here, I would not be “Psycho Gardener” and so far, I am not.  I have only added to the gardens that were already here, expanding them only slightly.  We did, however, add a vegetable garden.

I have added plants from the old house to the gardens that are here and I can’t wait to see what they look like this year.  This will be the second year for them so they will look better.  Next year will be the best.  I find that it takes about 3 years for them to really look nice.

Love the colors in this picture.
Love the colors in this picture.

So far, I looks like the Irises and the Hollyhocks are coming up beautifully and filling in nicely.  I believe I should see irises blooming until July this year, which will be fun!  There are lots of different kinds of Hostas too and those should be really nice this year as most of them are beginning their 3rd year here.

I actually really like working in the gardens because I feel closest to God there.  I just read this week, a post about that very thing.  If you think about it a minute, you will find that it is true.  God walked the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.  He also met with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  The tomb was also in a garden.

It would seem that God enjoys the garden as much as I do.  Getting in the garden and pulling up weeds reminds me of the stuff that God wants me to get rid of in my life.  Planting new things and utilizing the things that are in the garden already reminds me that He wants me to bloom and grow where I am planted.  If I am mulling over something difficult, I find myself in the garden, sorting things out with Him.  th (2)

Its in the garden that I connect best with Him.

Love you guys, and thank you so much for reading and encouraging me.




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