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Dec 07

From the Heart

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 3:32 PM by Ann Vallee

by Charlene Burgi

gone fishing
Charlene fishing on the Trinity River
Friends and family know I am all about the heart. We’re all familiar with the shape on the Valentine’s card, but the garden might be a better representation of the heart—the core, the tenderness and those areas that shine forth. The heart gives all without condition, much like our fruiting trees, flowering plants and veggies. 

We, as passionate gardeners, often give from the heart. We gladly share our wisdom with each other, swap our favorite seeds with other gardeners, and share the bounty brought forth from our efforts. We find joy in our creative passions and in doing the right thing for the health of the grounds we steward. The reward for our efforts is seeing a beautiful garden flourish, or a struggling plant revive after proper care and burst forth into bloom as if giving from its heart.

There are those moments when the heart experiences wind shifts, ahead of some type of change. Sometimes shifting winds brings in welcoming warm tropical air from the west. Other times we can expect to hunker down as a Nor’eastern wind can and will play havoc in the hearts of our gardens. The cold can harm the delicate plants, the wind can tear trees out of the ground, and flooding and erosion can carry away the nutrients and top soil we’ve painstakingly worked at developing. We, as gardeners, know we can and will ride out those storms, and oft times it means recreating the space with a new, improved vision. If nothing else, gardening teaches us about change! 

Outside of our gardens, too, in our daily lives one thing gives way to another. With this post, we’re bringing to a close the weekly blog that has accompanied the Weekly Watering Schedule over the last many years. The Watering Schedule itself will return in the spring, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, as good gardeners, please suspend irrigation during the winter months (unless you have plants housed under roofing that require some water). 

Again, it is with heart that I must thank each and every one of you, the readers, for sharing your wealth of information with me these past 17 years, for allowing me to share my passion and knowledge with you, for your entrusting questions regarding your gardens and your kind words that filled my heart. I also want to thank those friends and family who graciously shared their talented gifts of photography over the years as seen in these blog posts.

It is that festive time of year, and I would be remiss if I didn’t wish you all a very happy and prosperous holiday season. Keep blooming where you are planted. 

In parting, I will share my personal email address for those who would like to stay in touch, and end this blog with an expression a very dear cowboy friend always says as we part: “I’ll turn ya loose for now.”


Charlene Burgi


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