Charles Dudley Warner, an American essayist, was Mark Twain’s friend and neighbor. Although often attributed to Twain, it was Warner who quipped, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” No doubt complaints about the weather factored into his observations while writing “My Summer in A Garden” in 1870. Although I didn’t learn of this book until the end of this summer, I instinctively shared his understanding: “the principal value of a private garden is to teach patience and philosophy and the higher virtues.”
From March through September, I went about patiently documenting the progress of our garden. My first observation: God is in the details. From seedling to harvest, the camera captures the intricate facets of stems and vines, flowers and fruits. Meanwhile, the garden plants attract pollinators, pests and predators, and the camera captures their stunning, alien character. Ultimately, I see the marvels of the Creator manifested in the life cycles found in the garden.
The completed project is a full color 11 x 14 book.