What’s Happening in the Garden?

I have no idea.

We’ve been extremely busy with other events going on in our lives and my garden has been put at the bottom of the list.

My 50th birthday was in March, and my family celebrated with me by doing the zipline on the Buffalo River (more on that later.)

Buffalo River Canopy Tour, zip line

My husband and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary a week ago.

Who are those youngsters?

We’ve been enjoying our six-month old grandson and have introduced him to the pool (although he wasn’t too impressed.)

luke 6 mo

Watching my nephew play T-ball has been very enjoyable.

ty t-ball

rounding third

ty t-ball

and when stealing home, one must ALWAYS slide


How many five-year olds does it take to stop a ball?


As many as you can pile on!

They are just too stinkin’ cute.

We are leaving for a much needed vacation very soon.  (6 days, 5 hours, 36 minutes and 27.36987 seconds but who’s counting)  Getting the garden in order should be higher on the list of last minute things to do, but it’s not.  I am going to leave it in the capable hands of our house sitter/chicken sitter/cat sitter/garden sitter Michelle.

We celebrated Father’s Day at my house today.  I’m blessed to have great father figures in my life.

Preston, Mo 1963 sized 4x6 landscape

Mom, Dad and Me

At 76, my Dad is still going strong.  This also would have been he and my mom’s 51st wedding anniversary.  Very bittersweet day.

He is not a huggy, kissy kind of Dad, but he did teach me how to work hard, drive a standard truck at a very young age (so I could help haul hay), and gave me a love for the outdoors that has never gone away.

He also shared one bathroom with three teenage girls so that alone should make him a hero.

My father-in-law has also been like a dad to me.  After we became engaged, he took me by the hand at the local skating rink and skated around with me trying to tell me what I was getting into when I married his son. He has been married to my mother-in-law for almost 52 years and has also been very involved with my boys and their lives.  Another great role model.

He was also my zipline buddy!  He’s also what we lovingly call “a mess”.

zip line

My husband has also been a great role model for my boys.

motorcycle, natural dam

He coached them in baseball from T-ball to Senior Babe Ruth and Kid’s Day football until the sixth grade.  He was involved in every aspect of their lives.  He taught them to work hard and play harder.  How lucky I am to have him as a father for our kids.  I know both boys (now dad’s themselves) have a lot of him in them and they will also be great dads.

I hope everyone had a happy Father’s Day!


About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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18 Responses to What’s Happening in the Garden?

  1. Have a great vacation. As much as I love the whole garden thing…it will be there when you get back.


  2. I was wondering how that garden of yours was doing. Now I know….it’s growing in your heart.
    Have fun!
    Welcome to the (“50”) club!!!:)


  3. Wonderful post, Brenda. How lucky, to be surrounded in your life by good fellows like all of them 🙂


  4. You sure have had so many wonderful things happening with a lovely family…they are your garden!


  5. Happy Anniversary, glad your enjoying life! I feel the same way, so much going on. I miss my garden!!


    • Thank you! Balance is very important and I forget that at times. I tend to keep my “head in the flowerbed” too much and gotta remind myself there are lots of other activities to enjoy. I’m anxious to get back to it this week, though.


  6. The Dancing Rider says:

    Happy Anniversary! It all works out as it should. Loved your entry.


  7. Happy birthday! As someone who has been on the far side of fifty for a while (55 in October), I can tell you it doesn’t seem nearly as old as it did when we were kids and our parents turned 50. Sounds like you are really blessed with a wonderful family, by the way. As to the zipline … I’ll just watch, thanks.


  8. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Wow! So much happening in your wonderful family! Welcome to the I wonder what part of my body will hurt this morning phase of life! You’ll love it!


  9. Brenda – Happy belated 50th!


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