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{ Project 52 Week 18 }

Theme for this week “First thing in the morning.”

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT violets in my garden

For the past week this is where you would find me first thing in the morning…in the gardens.

I have been on vacation visiting my Mom in Florida and while there I spent time each morning working in my father’s gardens.  I say my father’s gardens because Mom was never one who truly enjoying gardening…it was Dad.  I lost my Dad a year ago May 13th and I truly enjoyed being surrounded by his flowers and working to keep his gardens beautiful.  I felt his presence with me every morning while I dug and weeded and spread mulch and at times tears rolled down my cheeks as I thought about how much I learned from my Dad in the gardens.  Growing up on an 80 acre farm we had many gardens and as a child my Dad taught us about preparing the soil, planting, pulling weeds the right way…yes there is a right way and when it was time to harvest our work.  I miss those days but the memories come back to me every time I’m in my gardens.

Now that I am home, I am working in my gardens preparing them for the season.  Gardening is an outlet for me and being there is where I feel complete peace and fulfillment.  It’s one place where I do not hurry…but let time linger on as I think about life…my day…my family…my business.  It’s my little sanctuary from the busy world around me and I’m grateful.

Each year I look forward to being in my gardens and feeling the sun on my shoulders keeping me warm while my hands are working hard in the soil…it’s therapeutic and calming for me.  It’s a joy to recall how I decorated my gardens last year…and I wonder to myself which plants will I plant this year.  It’s nurturing to my soul and each year it’s a journey…a spring time journey.

Spring is blossoming…see for yourself in the photos below.  I hope you have begun your gardening…it’s a blessing to have one!

Morning Dew on the grass.

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT morning dew on the grass

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT Garden Lemon Balm

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT Garden tulips

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT garden red tulips

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT garden tools

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT garden yellow johnny jump ups

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT Garden flowers

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT garden tulip

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT garden bleeding heart plant

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT purple tulips

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT red tulip

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT weeping cherry tree

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT Flowering Apple blossom tree

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT Easter Lilies

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_CT Rose garden

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Wendy Kane - May 6, 2011 - 3:24 pm

These are beautiful. I may need some gardening advice from you!

Catherine at Joyful Reflections Photography - May 7, 2011 - 6:36 am

Wendy… I would love to give you gardening advice! Just let me know what you need, I am here.

Barbara - May 7, 2011 - 6:40 am

Catherine, these photos are as beautiful as your gardens.

Darcy - May 7, 2011 - 7:22 am

I love the pic of the morning dew. I remember as a teen/early 20’s I would run around my backyard, barefoot in the morning dew. There was something so refreshing to me, by starting the day like that!

Kelly - May 8, 2011 - 1:53 pm

Love your work! Makes me want to run out to garden right now :-) I look forward to seeing more on your blog.

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