welcome to my morning….

Welcome to the morning of a season freshly turned,
the delicious hush of all my gardens growing on their own
( feels like tucking in 35 children for their naps,
all soundly sleeping for a hopeful chunk of time).
My heart tiptoes into spacious bliss
and,  timid at first, while I listen for a stir,
I begin to unwrap the sweetness of a gentler time
and settle in to feast on the quiet

I do so love Rivergreen,  our small family business and livelihood,
but this time of year finds me threadbare and worn,
the hard and messy work of designing and building gardens
and partnering with their owners,  teaching and training
and troubleshooting and problem-solving and
wading through weather that often seems to bruise
and deeply hungry for rest from the bustle
while thirsty to taste the tea been steeping in my heart
all those days bent planting in the sun


While this grows the artist and writer in me,  it leaves
precious little energy and time for me to pour it out and serve it up on paper
the words and images that find me
while the busy season thrives .

I’m excited about a project that’s been taking form inside
while the long days of planting grew the seeds in me,
almost ready to pick and slice and serve,  still warm from the vine.
I’ll be offering it up next week
when it’s fully ripe.
So excited to share!

“Always keep some room in your heart
for the unimaginable.”
-Mary Oliver


  1. Julia Bourque on June 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Loving the work you do is a grace, even though it’s hard tedious work. The reward is in the beauty that follows in due time and the satisfaction that it brings to your customers.
    Mother nature is right there by your side helping along.
    All the best to you this summer.

  2. Mary on June 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Can’t wait to see…

  3. Elephant's Child on June 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    As I read your heart-stirring inspirational words it is morning here too. But early. The sun won’t peek above the hills for a few more hours.
    I am planning my day. A day grubbing in the ground. Most of the weeding and pruning is done (for the moment) and the excitement of snuggling things into their prepared beds is on today’s agenda.
    Looking forward to seeing your next venture.

  4. Connie Smiley on June 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    How beautiful, Jennifer! Isn’t it ironic that when there’s the most to write about, there’s little time to write? Hope you can put your feet up soon.

    I so love the beautiful cards you sent! They are treasures, as are you.

  5. Sue on June 9, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Such beautiful photos, can’t wait to hear your news!

  6. Suzanne McRae on June 9, 2014 at 7:30 am

    You are a very hard working lady Jennifer. You bring so much beauty to the world in so many ways. I can’t wait to see what you will be announcing. 🙂

  7. Barbara on June 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I look forward to your announcement!!!

  8. Barbara on June 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Your pictures and colors and vibrant energy are always such a tonic. I look forward to whatever it is you’ll be serving up next week!

  9. Donna on June 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Oh I am so excited to hear what your big news is….gorgeous images of a peaceful morning.

  10. kathryn on June 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Can hardly wait to see what it could be!!! Very exciting!!

  11. Kathryn on June 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Something brewing?! Oooh, I am intrigued! I love your queen anne’s lace photo. Gorgeous! I bet you are so very tired working out in gardens for hours everyday, but what beauty you sew! Hoping you can pause in the Silence… Hugs, kath

  12. Lynn on June 11, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Been so long since I have had time to play in the garden of your words. Today i found a spot of time for a short tiptoe through. I imagined walking through your actual gardens while absorbing your prose. Divine.

  13. kamana on June 13, 2014 at 1:06 am

    my visits here always leave me smiling

  14. Lynn Wilkinson on June 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Your gardens must feel so absolutely inspired to grow beautifully … not just the flowers that are transfixed by the smiles that they bring but the words and images that are fed by the work in soil as you plant each and every seed, plant and vine… they seem to give you inspiration that allows you to feed our senses with a great burst of love. I’m looking forward to next weeks surprise.

  15. S. Etole on June 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Anticipating what you will be sharing …

  16. Simone on June 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    So much beautiful colour here. I come over when I need an injection of positive words and a zing of colour. Plus your photography is outstanding!

  17. jeanie on June 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I am reading backwards, so I know what it is! And boy — that color soars!

  18. Relyn on June 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I love that, in the midst of pure exhaustion, you still found time to put your heart on paper.

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