I co-hosted a garden party today, although the folks who attended probably called it something else! This spring and summer an older friend of ours has been under the weather, and her lawn and garden got a bit out of control. She never likes to ask for help, but under the circumstances she graciously accepted our offer to do a little weeding.
I thought of my Dad a lot during our days of weeding. When I was a little girl, he used to pay me a penny per weed for each one I removed from the bean fields. I don’t recall making that much money, but it was fun. If he were here today, he would not have had enough pennies!
One of the best parts of weeding our friend’s garden is that it became a community project. A community of friends, that is. Deb, with her trusty truck, tools, tarps, and limitless energy hauled weeds away by the truckload. She loves outdoor projects and hard work, so this opportunity proved ideal.
Our friend Joanna, a master gardener, identified the plants to save, and also did a masterful job with the string trimmer.
Two little fawns watches as we weeded, curious to see if we would leave them a place to sleep. A doe (probably the fawns’ mother) jumped out of the weeds the other day, not more than three feet from me. I hadn’t even known she was there!
By noon, everyone was ready for lunch–sandwiches of ham, turkey, cheese, and fresh tomatoes from our garden, chips, cookies, and zucchini bread. It all went down well with delicious lemonade provided by our friend Shirley.
We still have more weeding to do, but as the last last truckload of weeds left the property I turned around to survey the scene. What an amazing transformation! Thank you Catherine, Deb, Jay, Jo, Joanna, Karen, Michelle, Sarah Beth, and Shirley! It was fun working with you!