Things are a changing this month.….I started this blog in 2010 as a photo blog to document what I was growing and, well, it has changed over the years…. I have been thinking about the direction of where I want to go in 2015…..In 2000, I was Dx with incurable indolent cancer and it changed my life because it could, but now I am changing my life, because I can…Being diagnosed with an illness in your early or late 30’s to early 40’s, which is mid-career time, for most people, changes a lot of stuff in your life. It did for me. My career goals were pushed to the side, I had to change directions, due to my health + what mattered to me after my illness changed….I changed over time, and what appealed to me before, no longer seemed to capture my attention….

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summer and winter squash growing  with red bee balm, zinnia, cosmos, calendula, and winter squash is climbing a bamboo fence

The changes did not happen all at once, but they were gradual and cyclical in nature..for example, the past 10 years, I lived in 6 months increments and the same things happened in those 6 months and they never veered to the right or left for me for a decade, but over time they had less control over me and were less predictable in nature. This past year, they are no longer cyclical in nature because I have the ability to change them now….. I no longer have CT’s done annually, but in 2003, I was told I would more than likely have to receive tx every 2 years due to my outcome from CVP+R, but as the years rolled on, that changed.

Borage and tomato plants are companions that make best freinds since borage keeps tomato hornworm away!
Borage and tomato plants are companions that make best friends since borage keeps tomato hornworm away!

An important component to my survival was an experimental drug that the FDA approved in 1997( Rituxin) which I was given with my chemo in 2003…. we are blessed to be living in a time in history where new drugs are being discovered every 6 months to fight illness. If you can keep yourself healthy and alive, you may see a new drug come across your path that can help you in your  battle…it happens every day to many people battling an illness.

cone flowers should be the signature plant in every organic garden
cone flowers should be the signature plant in every organic garden

I have observed over the years as soon as people get treatment for their chronic illness, or medication to fight their disease,  they just keep on doing the same things they always did. You really cannot continue with the previous lifestyle you had before your diagnosis. You have to become your own advocate and attempt to”identify” those factors that may have contributed to your situation. The bottom line….. doctors treat symptoms.

anthocyanin rich currents are perfect for summer eating
anthocyanin rich currants are perfect for summer eating

I have a wonderful oncologist and he “treats” my symptoms based on current research as to what works best, but never discussed with me over the years  possible lifestyle changes that may contribute to battling my disease. It is not his speciality and also,it really is a crap shoot since you really never know what caused your illness, but we need to try! We need to look at our lifestyle and figure out what ” may”of contributed to our situation, for example, if you have a lot of stress, smoke, eat poorly, do not exercise, well, maybe you need to change what you can change. The Serenity Prayer fits in here as a foundation of where one must start in battling an illness…

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Peruvian purple fingerling potatoe

 God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference

purple passion sweet potatoes + purple beans are taking off in the summer heat finally after many months of cool weather and rain...
purple passion sweet potatoes + purple beans are taking off in the summer heat finally after many months of cool weather and rain…

At first, It can make you obsess about your health ( which is something we all go through, but this part does pass!), for you are desperate to try anything that you hear will “cure” your illness. Believe me some “theories” as to “why” you got a particular disease are far-fetched and just plain quackery, so the final sentence of the Serenity Prayer is one you want to memorize…”wisdom to know the difference” …..for there are quacks everywhere!

fall crops are waiting to be placed in garden beds since in our urban potager we practice succession plantings..
fall crops are waiting to be placed in garden beds

I have become distracted this year from my first goal of Palm Rae Urban Potager, which was to discuss how to grow more healthy food closer to home on small city lots, creating a sustainable oasis for myself and nature to heal, and finding healthy foods best to grow in small spaces to help us ALL stay healthy.

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Denver Rudbeckia is one of my favorites….

As the years roll on, you make changes in your life while you live with your “chronic” disease and  learn to listen to your body. You make choices daily, weekly, and over time you see the positive changes. Life after a health crisis has to change, for if you go back to the way you were before, you will find yourself there again.I use to grow a few tomato, pepper or salad greens before my illness, but now I grow a wide variety of food mixed with flowers to create an escape from daily stresses in our world today. I hope when you visit Palm Rae Urban Potager that you get some ideas on how you can create a place to escape and de-stress as you grow more food, herbs and flower to keep yourself + nature healthy right in the middle of the city everyday!!!

 

 

Written by Robbie

M.S. Education, , Organic Gardener, soil + nature lover, former modern dancer

67 comments

  1. Bravo, bravo, bravo! [Standing ovation from this part of the world!] Something is working well for you as you seem to be ‘beating the odds’. Your journey has been hard, but ultimately a real blessing to you as you changed your life, and your life-style and became a role model for the whole neighbourhood. Your family must be so proud of you Robbie! I have come to believe this is an integral and important facet of the job of being human – learning to understand what we can do to help ourselves and taking responsibility for our lives and our health and well-being. Your garden is so beautiful, if I can achieve even a tiny bit of its magic in my own little corner I shall be most happy. Sending you a big virtual hug dear Robbie xoxo

    1. Pauline you have learned this, too with your battle against illness. We have to take charge of our own health and “do something” to help ourselves…we just can’t keep leaning on pills all the time, we have to get out there and find out what we can do to help ourselves:-) In some ways it is good we are faced with hardship with illness since it makes us change when we might otherwise keep up bad habits. Some days when the sun is hot and it is humid out there, I ponder about how much hard work all this growing is, but I know it makes a difference for myself, family, friends + all the little critters that visit:-)

    2. Also a big virtual hug back to you over the cyber fence, too Pauline:-) And a little hug for Sid + a cat treat for Orlando because he needs to feel special:-)

    1. Theresa-thank you + blessings to you + all that is good in life, my wise friend….thank you for sharing all your wisdom each day, for it keeps me grounded!

  2. So well said Robbie! I am not sick but soon after I turned 40 and found myself visiting the Dr’s office every THREE mos for cholesterol medication – I said uh, uh this is NOT for me. I threw those pills away and began a whole LOT of research. Now I am Vegan and feel great and never visit the Dr. I just LOVE your garden! You are so right on to say a garden heals in so many ways. I love sitting out in my garden – something magic happens each time. I just spied a Cedar Waxwing yesterday close to the porch! I recognize that Coreopsis in the first picture “Route 66” – just added it to my garden. You are healthier than many people I know in body, mind, and spirit – the three go together you know!

    1. It is so true:-) I eat mostly from the garden fresh during the summer, and now will be adding microgreens to the picture ( that is another post for later-tee hee). It was not easy when my kids were home since they did not like some of my “healthy eating”-lol, but now that they are in their 20’s they are into eating healthy! I never thought about all that before I got sick, I did exercise, and sometimes did too much, but over the years I have found balance, or should I say the garden has helped me find balance:-) I have talked to a lot of people locally and they are so much healthier after they started eating from their garden!
      I saw a Cedar Waxwing the other day,too..it was so stunning, amazing creature + it was solo. I use to never see them until the late summer or early fall in my old yard, but it was alone and what a beauty…yes, Route 66 is my favorite, I have it all over! love that plant:-)

  3. You have quite the story to tell and how proud you must be of your victory and wisdom that has come from your ordeal. They say stress is the biggest killer and changing one’s lifestyle to be in harmony with their heart’s calling is the best thing one can do. I run from stress like it’s a nest of hornets! If it doesn’t ‘feel’ good, I don’t do it. I do plenty of things that aren’t a whole lot of fun, but it is the attitude I bring to it that makes the difference. Looks like your garden is definitely part of your cure. It is such a beautiful place and even through the screen, I can feel the balance and healthy atmosphere of the place. Congratulations on building your sanctuary and thanks for sharing it with us. Blessings!

    1. aww…Eliza, you are one of the wise ones out there, over the cyber fence…I am so grateful:-) you have 7 acres to share with us all through your photography + posts….you are right, it is the attitude you bring to things! It sure helps when you start a day in the garden, with a cup of fresh herbal tea, walk in the garden, visit with the creatures in your garden , nice meal + end the day the same, well you can tackle anything!!!

  4. You are an amazing, beautiful person, Robbie! Thank you for sharing your story. I know anyone dealing with life-altering illness will gain hope and encouragement. You have such a beautiful garden and it looks like you grow a zillion things! May I ask how much space you have for your garden? (I know you mention you like to teach small-space gardening.) Sometimes I crave much more space, then wonder if I can keep it up! But your photos give me the desire! I’m so happy you are here. ❤

    1. Hi Mandy:-) my entire city lot is about 14,000 square feet and that includes a home, cement, driveway, porch, front porch, sidewalk, trees, fence,+ grass so my growing space is not that much. I would say it is on about 4000 square feet give or take a bit( I s hould measure it one day), but there is grass included in that ,too…so not as much as you think, but enough since I do use vertical quite a bit. I did stop by your blog the other day and you have quite a beautiful space you are creating!!!

    2. and I grow very densly + vertical , so I get a lot more out of my space….fruit is a the back of the lot with dwarf trees….

      1. I’d love to have a couple dwarf fruit trees! I think I could fit two trees (I’d want apple and cherry)but I think you usually need 2 of the same kind…our city lots are very small: usually 4,000-6,000 sq ft and that includes the land under the house! But its still amazing how much you can tuck into small spaces 🙂

      2. it is small what we have to grow on, but I am still trying to squeeze more in every year- Go vertical baby!!!lol…I put purple asparagus in this spring which meant an old over grown bush had to go. It is kind of like redecorating your house, you have to decide , hmmmm..do I need this here or there, if I want this here or there-lol:-) The asparagus won out and I squeezed it in along the fence. I have no idea if it will work, but I am willing to try to get some purple asparagus. They do have some “self-pollinating” cherry trees, and some grafted dwarf apples with several different ones on one tree! Check out Stark brothers. I like their prices-

        http://www.starkbros.com/

        I like their prices,and they have good product for those of us that don’t want to spend an arm and leg for a tree-lol

      3. Thanks, I’m going to check out starkbros right now! Now you’ve got me all excited about self-pollinating trees 🙂 Purple asparagus? I should have known if a green vegetable could be made purple you’d know about it, lol!

  5. What comes to mind as I slowly scroll through your gorgeous images is the saying “let food be your medicine”. Thanks to the pharmaceutical companies and their incessant drive to make profit and fill doctor’s garages with expensive imported cars, we think that we need to take medicine when something starts to go wrong with us but the truth of the matter is that medicine isn’t the answer, FOOD is the answer. “You are what you eat” NEVER was a more true statement made. If you eat rubbish and then medicate yourself out the wazoo with more chemicals what on EARTH are we doing to our bodies in the process? Only humans could pull themselves so far out of the natural order and have the hide to think that they are superior 😉 LOVE your photos, so vibrant and beautiful. Did you mean to put that image of currants over the top of the paragraph saying “I have a wonderful oncologist and he “treats” my symptoms based on “current” research?” ;). Great pun whether it was intentional or not ma’am. I love your wholesome and holistic approach to illness and health. We CAN change. We should all stop relying on medication to “fix” things (obviously some things NEED medication but most…not so much). A wonderful post and so important for us to hear and heed…live life to the fullest and don’t sweat the small stuff and we DO have a heck of a lot of choices when it comes to how we are going to live, no matter how rich or poor we are. Your sharing garden info is a huge plus. Seeing these gorgeous colours, all tumbled in together makes it seem possible that you can create your own little paradise in the burbs. Your blog is a shining example of what blogs really should be, wonderful bursts of colour and possibility to wandering souls that just might need some glorious colour and some sound advice from someone who has been there before them and who can point in the right direction. Thank you for your desire to spread the word and consider it well spread 🙂

    1. lol- too funny, no I did not , but now that you mention it that is histerical!!!! Only you, with a great sense of humor would of picked up on it-lol, I was not trying to be witty, it just happened!awwww…you comment is so appreciated, I needed that today…I feel sometimes, I am talking to a brick wall…I am trying to get my husband ( my best friend) to eat more from the garden + not turn his nose up sometimes to some of the stuff-tee hee. He eats a lot of it, but he is still a big meat + potato guy( long sigh), but I am seeing him change. This summer, after my bike ride on the river I find him sitting in the garden reading the paper, sipping coffee and munching on berries…it is spreading with each time we get someone out there and digging in the earth!
      I did read some where that half the people over 50 are on multiple mediciations for health issues-…things we should not have to take medicine for…:-( that is sad

      1. Sad and insidious to be honest…why are we being pushed onto medication when a fair bit of what ails us can be managed and sometimes eliminated by a change in lifestyle and diet? I guess it’s just up to us to spread the word…make that meat portion smaller by tarting it up with more sauce etc. and the potatoes can be very healthy as well just throw in more of the veggie quotient and if he doesn’t like that, turn them into cakes, grated veggies can go EVERYWHERE 😉

      2. ain’t that the truth…I read you just need a “playing card” size of meat, but people eat twice or more of that at one sitting…I have “white coat” high blood pressure. My doctor told me I had high blood pressure. I said at home it is 110-120/70/80 + so she said bring your machine in to check it with ours…I did! It was accurate and matched her machine…I knew I did not have high blood pressure, I ride a bike 15-20+ , so I knew I did not suffer from high blood pressure. You have to be your own advocate! I do have “white coat” syndrom..it is Always high at an appotintment due to my past-duh!!!! I love my veggies from the garden, summer is so great now that I have them coming in!!! YUM:-)

      3. The possums should have really good blood pressure as they have been feasting on all of my winter veggies. Took a photo of my silverbeet stalks (all that they left me) to put in todays blog post…I used to ride 40km a day and work out on the stairmaster for 3 hours. Not in my peripherals now 😉

      4. The animals find us that grow food, they know who has the good stuff!lol oh my goodness, stairmaster 3 hours!!! That is amazing, but you do crawl into tanks-tee hee. + me riding is fun since you are on the river, but the wind makes it easy..the river runs east + west here which is only place it does…can ride out against the wind ( hard work) + come back with the wind pushing-LOVE IT…pushing the whole way would be too hard, but some days it is wacky and can’t make up it’s mind which way to blow, so we make that ride a bit shorter or get pushed off our bike with a cross wind! YIKES!

      5. I used to cycle that 40km up a series of hills and one day Stevie-boy (who was, at the time, living in the U.K.) decided that he was going to be my coach. I was perfectly happy doing 40km but then he got me riding 100km to the nearest city and back. I almost died. I was willing to accept that ride but the next day he started talking about integrating a triangle from the small town where I lived, to another town 50km away, to the city (again 50km away) and then back to my small town…a 150km round trip and the first part of it up STEEP HILLS! I retired from cycling all together that day :).

      6. No Stevie-boy is nuts if he thinks I was going to do that! 😉 I get dragged for 5km a day behind a tank of a dog on a mission to pee on every single lamp-post, rubbish bin, shrub taller than an inch and anything else that may or may not have been peed on by “something” in the last 20 years. I think I get enough exercise 😉

      7. Darned right! We all need to be being proactive about our own bodies. We aren’t experimental guinea pigs for any scientists study! Kudos on bucking the system 🙂 It certainly paid off in your case 🙂

      8. You are right about being an advocate for yourself, but the doctors see you as a big old PAIN IN THE ASS! I remember him telling me, Well, this or that won’t help either way….really? , so what did he base it on-research…they really need a person working with the doctors that specializes in “alternative” choices to add to your treatments/chronic illness. It does play a big role and the research is coming out, but people get sidetracked and get off into some WEIRD stuff + fall victim to “quacks” that try to tell them , ” If you give up eating sugar, get off chemo /treatments you will be cured” ..well, good idea to not eat a lot of sweets, but if “sugar” was the cause, then we would have a cure….it is so much more complicated + you can’t generalize to each person..each case is “individual”….I have heard too many sad stories where the person goes to someone and they tell them to quit tx/chemo/medication + do this or that and they die…we need a balance + we can use medicine for a bit to help us get things under control while we figure out what we need to battle an illness…not depend on the drug to take care of our illness, then have side effects from the tx/drugs and then take more medication for the side effects..it is a murky road one can get caught going down.

      9. I think that doctors should remember that although they drive Mercedes and live high on the hog the whole reason that they HAVE those Mercedes and that holiday house in France is because of people like us that get sick! I guess its in their best interests to keep feeding us pills after our 10 second doctor visits that cost us a months salary as that way the pharmaceutical companies will keep investing in their childrens college funds ;). I think its a really good thing to be a pain in the arse to doctors (We Aussies and our Mother Land the U.K. spell it “arse” by the way. An “ass” is a kind of horsey thing to us 😉 ).

        Doctors can’t specialise in individual complaints or they would be called “Mr” and would be “specialists” and would own a fleet of Mercedes and would have holiday homes all over Europe so basically they wing it a lot of the time. They go by standard protocol and as we all know, every individual is different and deserves to be treated as such as do their illnesses. People who are very ill get desperate. You would know that. They will try anything to try to get better. There is SO much quackery out there and its really hard to battle your way through it when you are seriously ill and need quality information that won’t hurt your bank balance or YOU to be honest.

        I think it’s that old adage of changing your lifestyle and feeding your body the best you can. Don’t tax it with over processed sugary fatty rubbish when your immunity is severly compromised. Simple things are needed so that your body can attempt to heal itself and eating the healthiest home grown veggies or at least organic is going to give you a good foundation for your healthiest chance. I am a bit anti drug because my mum was a pill popper. She trusted doctors to tell her what was best and just shovelled pills into herself like there was no tomorrow. I have gone the opposite way. I don’t even use panadol/asprin for headaches if I can help it. I figure if I “need” medication its best to wait till I REALLY need it so that it works the best for me on that occasion. I am probably jinxing myself here but I can’t remember the last time that I went to the doctors. Probably about 10 years ago? Lucky really as we don’t have a doctor here and most doctors are not open to new patients anyway.

        Putting your health into the hands of someone who you don’t know, who is pressed for time and who is just wanting to see the next patient is, in my mind, a foolish thing to do. Finding a doctor that will work with you and your family is a HUGELY important thing and finding one that is open to healthy living and the odd alternative (Chinese medicine anyone?) is a rare and wonderful thing. I think we all need to know that we CAN be proactive with our own health. We don’t have to just do what someone else tells us. Our bodies are OUR bodies and we have a say in what we do and don’t put into them and we have a right to question medication given for medications sake.

      10. lol…arse-tee hee, I forgot that is correct you do not use “ass”:-) too funny! I could not of said it any better:-) My husband is sort of like that ( your mother) , but I am slowly starting to change his attitude. He feels whatever the doctor says is “gospel”-geez, he never checks on anything and he takes ALL the pills they tell him to take. A few months ago, he turned red after eating a brazil nut I gave him to snack on. He turned as red as a beet, I gave him a benadryl incase it was an allergic reaction.Then he tells me, “it must of been the nut, they were organic, what was in them?…I never had any problems with brazil nuts before”…geez,I was like , “Okay”. I did some research, and found out he had a “niacin flush” because the doctor told him to take more niacin. Well, I cook from the garden, and fresh greens are LOADED with niacin + the doctor just assumed he never ate any healthy food! Well there is some interesting research about how niacin helps with CVD, but use it wisely + explain what niacin does etc/find out how your patients eat. You have to pay attention and bug the heck out of these doctors. They are so eager to grab that pad and write a prescription when you have a problem.

      11. A doctor is just a person like the rest of us. Completely and utterly fallible. What if you get them on a bad day eh? My family doctor died of lung cancer early in life from smoking so many cigarettes that you could hardly breath in his surgery…smoked while he was examining you! When we dose ourselves up with artificial “nutrients” its easy to overdose and the rest of them just flush out of our systems. The best way to get nutrients, vitamins and minerals is to eat them in our food. How much easier is it to grab a prescription pad than to actually do a bit of hard work and isolate the real problem? Apparently a whole lot and remember that incentive to prescribe is very impressive thanks to all kinds of wonderful bonuses etc. that doctors get. Thats why we are having so many problems with antibiotics, because they were prescribed like giving kids candy for EVERYTHING. I was permanently on them as a kid for sore throats…never stopped getting sore throats while I was on them so why keep giving them to me when it didn’t work eh?

      12. Around the time I got sick a women I called got the same illness, so I called to offer support, and I asked her about her tx etc. She said, “I don’t know what they are doing , I just let them worry about it…and I just do what they say.” I feel we need to be our own advocate because you are so right they are just a person like us, and they are not “God” like too many of the believe they are…okay, I am stopping off the soap box-lol

    1. good you stumbled over the cyber fence…love ninebark, one of my favorite bushes! I have 6 in my small space, one of the native beauties! 4 season interest:-)

  6. Your garden is looking beautiful Robbie. I haven’t been on the computer much the past month or so so am catching up on some reading. You must feel so grateful to have beaten this and I do know how obsessed one can get at a diagnosis like this. At 26 I had 3 ops for cervical cancer that kept returning, ending in a hysterectomy and yes, I did obsess for years about it, having tests every six months. I know what a worry it is, I have a very close young relation who underwent chemo and radiation 3 years ago and, we still live with it’s shadow. I look forward to reading your future posts 🙂 I often have no idea what direction my blog goes anymore 🙂

    1. Oh wow, Wendy-you have been through a lot, no wonder you have such a large garden and work so hard to produce a lot of food. You “get it”…and you are part of this “club” of us who have to learn how to battle the beast of illness. That was REALLY young at 26, + that is in the prime of your life:-(, but you did beat it too, + you are right it just becomes an obsession. I decided to focus on health issues this next year with fresh growing in small spaces + year round growing. I am growing more microgreens this year + will be sharing some posts about those this year, research about the nutrition etc..they have evidence. I got side tracked for awhile + spending too much time outside wandering-lol…or picking weeds!

      1. It does force an awakening of sorts, what is important and what is not. We need to keep our health, we need to be here. My mother got cancer at 32 with 7 young kids and was not expected to live. Like you they tried an experimental thing but hers was a small radium rod, which sounds scary but you know, she died last year at 86. Medicine gave her 54 years, we are lucky to live in such times. I believe in Hippocrates statement “Let food be thy medicine”, growing your own affords much better quality and variety.
        It’s ok getting sidetracked, spending all that time outside is so good for you 🙂 🙂

      2. That is an amazing story! We truly are lucky to live in such times, and to have the ability to grow food is an added bonus! I know , remember peter pan, ” I never want to grow up”, I always say, ” I never want to go inside”-lol…I find bees sleeping in the flowers at night , and I would just love to cuddle up in a flower like they do and fall asleep-OUTSIDE-:-)-lol …also how lucky you had her all those years!!!

  7. Your photos are wonderful as usual. It is obviously a very healing place for you and you are right that we should focus on eating fresh food that we have grown ourselves. We are privileged if we have land to do that. And we are the lucky ones who can find peace and healing in our gardens.
    I am looking forward to seeing what you have to share about microgreens!

    1. Oh my gosh, Chloris microgreens are amazing to eat + pack a punch of nutrients. Here, is the article about them with research to support thier nutritional benefits. I need a macro lens to capture them-lol:-)

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/08/29/160274163/introducing-microgreens-younger-and-maybe-more-nutritious-vegetables

      I will be growing more this winter + so simple to grow in a tray. You don’t even really need grow lights, however I do use my grow lights. They are tasty,too!

  8. Wonderful, insightful post, Robbie. Thank you for sharing such an intimate glimpse into your story. I couldn’t agree more about the importance of nutrition and lifestyle on people’s, and the world’s, health!

    1. also quiet time in nature should be a weekly or daily thing we all do:-) We should all canoe like you and enjoy nature around us daily!

  9. What a great post, Robbie! And it doesn’t surprise me one bit that you have taken the knowledge you have learned from your own intuition and experience in the garden and have applied it to your everyday lifestyle! The love and exuberance you show for your garden shows through in every one of your post. Thank you for being such an inspiration! We, mankind, would be so much better off if one would take the time to listen to what their bodies are trying to tell them.

    With so many pesticides sprayed on the food most people consume, I am so thankful for a garden that is organic. And that I didn’t buy in to the hype and marketing that one has to use poisons to be able to grow food. I think there will be long term effects from these poisons when we are able to view this from a historic perspective.

    Aside from the nutrition, I also am thankful for the garden keeping me feeling younger physically. Gardening is a lot of hard work! 🙂 But I know it is the reason I am able to do what I still can at my age.
    Nutrition, health and peace of mind. Ain’t gardening grand!? 🙂

    1. HI ANNIE!!!!! 🙂 I have missed hearing from you + so glad to hear you are doing well + out there on your hillside:-) I stopped by your blog several times in the past few months, wondering..where oh where is Annie, and you emerged from the garden-lol I bet you are having a great time out there + it must be beautiful as usual. Gardening is Grand!!!! Totally:-)

      1. Missed catching up with you too, Robbie!!! This has been one of those gardening years when I have the best intentions of blogging when I come in for the evening and end up falling asleep on the couch instead! 🙂 Too many projects going. haha

      2. :-)Oh my that is the story of my life, falling asleep on the couch at night-lol If I sit down, I fall asleep from gardening early in the morning + too many physical chores in the summer!

    1. Just stopped by your garden wall + and you made my day today!!!…I needed that inspiration + from you makes it even more special:-) Good to hear you are going Vertical..only way to go is up today in our small gardens + boy you can grow a lot going vertically in a small space! I look forward to seeing your vertical garden:-)

  10. Robbie, I’m sorry I missed this post! We’ve been having a very intense summer & it must have slipped by me! First of all, thanks so much for sharing your story. It’s Aeschylus-style wisdom, not what one would look for but what comes to us the hard way, but wisdom all the same. Thank you for sharing yours through this beautiful garden blog. 🙂 !

    1. good point..not something we seek:-) aww.geez, I even skipped a post this week, I understand intense, but ours is everything is breaking down-our summer is a “break down” summer. I am on here today, but still need to pubish a post about my garden, just no time to read/blog this week…things will slow down or get a bit less…soon, hope for you too:-)

    2. shoot, don’t you be sorry, we all get busy + sometimes when the weather + family calls, this stuff comes last-tee hee!

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