A Vignette of Joy in Gardens


Dear Reader:

Since garden flags are relatively inexpensive…usually under ten dollars, I like replacing them each spring. Old, weathered, beaten-down flags dampen the spirits of a fresh new spring garden . So yesterday I ordered this one and one other that I will show you later in the blog.

When the first flowers, like daffodils, beginning to bloom….it is like a new birth. When babies are born we want only the freshest items next to them….brand new like the baby; it is the same way with an early spring garden.

gibbs_garden_001On Saturday mornings I love watching P. Allan Smith’s garden show. When he decided to build his home and gardens near Moss Mountain in Arkansas…he also decided to plant hills and hills of daffodils, his favorite flower. It is spectacular! A breath-taking welcome to spring! What a lovely gift he has given his neighbors!

Even though we can only drool over his ‘estate’… any garden of any size can bring us joy because we get to see life resurrected season after season…year after year. What is cooler than that?

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This is the other garden flag I ordered….Celebrate with Joy!  The garden in my back yard has brought me so much joy I don’t know where to begin to thank so many of you readers for garden decorations, plants, bulbs, and most of all encouragement.

When I wake up each morning to the sea glass chimes welcoming me to another day I thank God again for the gift of life.

I saw this comment on Facebook one day and loved it.

Jim Hargadon

Truer words were never spoken….without a word being spoken different plants attract different birds, butterflies, and bees to stop, rest, and refresh on their own life’s journey.

No computer needed….God built in their communication system all by Himself. Ain’t God grand? And we never have to worry about scams or losing  identities in the garden….after all God is Bill Gate’s Father too. He still calls the shots.

So until tomorrow….plant a flower and rejoice in life.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh



About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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