Did you know August is National Happiness Happens Month? I didn’t either until a customer told me and I looked it up. There it is—in black and white—“August is National Happiness Happens Month.”
It did start me thinking about what makes me happy in my garden—the first bloom on my rose; every single solitary fragrant little white flower on my citrus; the taste of the first tomato of the season or the first pepper or the first green beans or the first (you get the idea).
Here’s my list of the Top 10 Things That Make Me Happy in My Garden
- I’m happy I actually have space for a garden.
- I’m happy I have a shady tree to sit under in my backyard—so I can enjoy looking at my garden.
- Even though I don’t see nearly as many bees and butterflies as I used to, I’m grateful and happy for every single one I do see. I plant milkweed for the Monarchs and extra parsley and dill for the Black Swallowtails; my whole backyard is clover so that helps.
- I’m happy for rainy days because, along with sunny days, they make gardens grow.
- I’m happy for summer evening I sit on my deck watching the sunset and the fireflies twinkle. That is magic.
- I’m happy every single hour our Farmers Market is open (every Thursday from 10 until 2). I’m lucky to have fresh local produce and products available. Local is the Best! Yes, I know the produce is not from MY garden—but it IS from a garden. I grow what I can and let them do the rest!
- I’m happy for every deer, raccoon, possum, and squirrel I see in my yard. I’ve had to learn to garden smarter because of them. And seeing them means I’m closer to my goal of having a wildlife-friendly yard.
- I’m happy watching my grandsons running around my backyard—that’s the advantage of clover. It takes foot traffic.
- I’m happy for every enthusiastic gardening customer —it’s always fun talking to other avid gardeners.
- I’m happy I have a fabulous Garden Center like the Great Big Greenhouse that shares my enthusiasm for gardening.
What makes you happy in your garden? I’d really love to know.
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