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We had the chance to clean up the barn for guests recently. I forgot how much I love to putter around in preparation.
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I smelled a not-good smell for the first time in the almost six months since Covid. Maybe it’s time or maybe it’s because I’m now two weeks past my second shot, but I am so grateful for more healing. Bad smells never made me so happy.
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I have some news to share on Friday. It’s going to be so much fun. Sorry, no hints. ☺️ Okay, maybe just one:📕
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#maplehurstblackbarn #weareplacemakers
Will I ruin this photo for you if I admit that the heat and humidity have been shocking lately? As long as I’ve lived here we’ve never had so much heat in early June.
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I regret that I find it difficult to maintain my equilibrium when the humidity soars. But some of my flowers are fussy about the heat, too, and I don’t hold that against them. 😉🌱💚
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#wearegardenmakers #maplehurstroses #maplehurstflowergarden #ladyofshalottrose
This view has changed over the past nine years. We limbed up the maples. We moved the driveway. We are planting up the circle. But sitting at my desk and looking out at the fog between the trees also feels so much the same, it is like an anchor. The good things of the past are never really lost, and I am still rooted in every leafy, green summer I have lived in this place.
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#weareplacemakers #throughtheatticwindow
It is humbling for a gardener to realize that the most beautiful spot in her garden is due entirely to the setting sun, grass left un-mowed, and a rose bush moved by accident (she’d asked her husband to transplant a different one). Maybe our primary task as gardeners is simply to be a witness. 
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The weeds are what keep us outside, hands busy, eyes open.
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#cultivatingglory #weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers
Would we admire peonies quite so much if they bloomed all summer long? I don’t love that the blooms are fleeting, but I do love that they always return.
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#maplehurstflowers #cultivatingglory
Yesterday, one of my oldest friends was in surgery all day, and I got my second vaccine. My youngest child painted a whole series of ice cream cone closeups on small canvases, and I ate local strawberries right out of the box because I was too tired to whip the cream or bake the shortcakes. George Floyd was killed a year ago. The roses are blooming again.
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When I don’t know what to say, and when I don’t know what to do, I try only to notice. I take the time to name.
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#maplehurstroses
The sunlight is waking me up earlier and earlier in the morning. At the same time, the long, lingering evenings are keeping me awake later than I’ve been used to. I’m a little bit tired all of the time, but I am also wide awake. 🌱💚
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#weareplacemakers #wearegardenmakers #springcomestomaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows
I remember nothing and everything. Can’t recall what I did last weekend or the text waiting for my response, but shards of prayers and poems, Scripture and creeds are always swirling at the back of my mind. I looked at this photograph, these ‘Dream Touch’ tulips and heard the words “ all that is, seen and unseen.”
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I was raised in a religious culture that emphasized the unseen, and that is perhaps no bad way to begin. But I have spent years now learning to see the visible, to understand how much it matters, to appreciate that it will be renewed and it will endure.
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Bread. Wine. Scarred wooden table. Tulips in water and cut glass. There is heaven, and there is earth. There is the visible, and there is the invisible. We were made not for one or the other but for the unity of both.
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#fromdaffodilstodahlias #sacredordinarydays

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