The best Mother’s Day gift is just being together as a family – especially when the time is spent doing something I love. So this past weekend – in addition to the delicious brunch, lovely perfume and tear-evoking handcrafted art – my treat was a trip to the garden centre and spring gardening with many hands to help.
As Graham and I went to town to shop for supplies, Ben, Ruby and Theo (under the masterful direction of my nearly eight-five-year-old mom) prepared the soil. They weeded, deadheaded and turned the earth.
Inspiration for our garden comes from Toronto’s Riverdale Farm. We used to live around the corner from the Farm when Ben and Ruby were tiny and have many fond memories of visiting this jewel in the city which is home to animals and beautiful gardens. We still visit often.
The Farm’s garden is pioneer-style, a colourful collage of vegetables and flowers requiring little maintenance and practical in nature. Perfect for our own country garden which is part education centre for the kids, part open air restaurant for our wild animal friends and part supplier of vegetables and flowers for our use. We grow the most resilient of plants – tomatoes, squash, onions, garlic, corn, beans and lots of herbs. For flowers, it’s mostly marigolds, coneflowers, zinnias, cosmos, lavender, sweat peas, decorative sages and grasses.
After two days of tilling and planting together, we all came back to the city feeling some aches in our bodies and a whole lot of joy in our hearts.