We had a few sunny and warm days last week so Dan and I started doing yard work. We invited John, the previous owner, to teach us how to take care of the garden and how to set up and maintain the waterfall/ fountain. It is going to be a lot of work. John is now 88 and he started working on the garden in the 70s. The last years he lived here, he had to hire a gardener for the upkeep. He stopped by again today to remind us to start watering the front lawn, ferns and orchids (rare ones he emphasized). It must have been really difficult for him when he sold this place, he loved the house and yard and devoted so much of his time here. The least we could do is invite him over every now and then. Hopefully, he isn't too lonely at his retirement home.
Dan found a news article that had John's picture next to his garden. It was about the healing gifts of gardening and it featured the book, Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit. He bought me a copy and I just started reading it. I love the chapter on urban gardening (The Wisdom of the Urban Gardener). I truly believe that it is essential to keep connected to the natural world as we become more immersed in busy and mechanistic modern times.