As you can imagine, growing up in an Amish family, we lived simply. Plainly if you will. There weren't many options when it came to decorations, or making things look pretty.
We were lucky enough to live in a community that allowed us to have flowerbeds. Dad especially loved flowers. Mom liked them too, but with a huge garden to raise all our vegetable she didn't feel as if she had time to care for more growing things.
The flowerbeds became Dad's project and he'd care for them in the evenings after supper. They flourished under his care, and we all enjoyed the beauty they added to our front yard.
When I turned ten, my aunt gave me several begonia bulbs. I planted them in our hotbed after Mom had transplanted everything from it into the garden. They grew, and produced an abundance of blooms. When fall arrived I dug the bulbs up and stored them until the next spring.
I loved those flowers and they did well, until the fall before LV and I got married. Somehow I didn't dig them up in time and they were permanently damaged.
I had plenty of flowers though after we got married with the numerous huge flowerbeds that took a lot of time to care for. The lovely finishing touch they put on our farm, made all the efforts worthwhile.
Somehow, since leaving the Amish we have not had any flowerbeds. There are some daffodils that grow every spring and a few other hardy bulb flowers, but that's nothing compared to what we used to have.
Someday I hope we will once again have flowerbeds like we used to.
Friday, April 7, 2017
F ~ Flowers
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I love flowers too! I was surprised to read that you'd to be "allowed" to have flowers. For some reason I thought all Amish communities allowed flowers. It made me smile to read that your Dad enjoyed caring for them so much.ReplyDelete
Your description makes me want to make an effort with gardening again this spring. We have some nice roses that come in annually - but our flower bed out front needs some serious help! I hope you do get flowerbeds like you remember from your childhood again someday. - LouiseReplyDelete
I am also surprised that you were "allowed" to have flower beds. Flowers are God's gift to us, one of our many blessings.ReplyDelete
I do well with tulips and daffodils, which I can plant and let them get on with their lives, but if we had to survive on the food we grew - well, the services would have been long, long ago! Our compost heap has lots of "volunteers", so we have plenty of melons, tomatoes, and squash. And the occasional "zuchaloupe".
Loved reading about all of your flowers. My Dad dug out a small flower bed in front of our playhouse for me to plant marigolds and petunias when I was a girl. I've loved planting flowers ever since, and love seeing different flowers bloom all spring and summer. Right now our tulips are blooming, and even though they don't always get weeded and cared for like they should, I love my flowers!ReplyDelete
Flowers have become a necessary part of my garden. They add color and help entice the pollinators.ReplyDelete