Those who bike or walk along the B&A Trail through Anne Arundel County are annually treated to a view of Ginny Bell's garden that causes many to stop and admire. Her daughter, Lyn, created this video of her mother's garden for Mother's Day.
The story of a garden is a story told best with words and pictures.
That's what makes Susan Morrison's video story of Rebecca Sweet's garden so touching and so compellingly beautiful.
Rebecca tells of returning to her family home during a painful divorce and of her mother's patient encouragement to go back out into the garden to revive herself and to heal.
Susan choose her friend as a subject for her first video garden story after taking a video class. Certainly, this video is not beginner's luck.
Rebecca's design company is Harmony in the Garden and she blogs at Gossip in the Garden. Susan is also a garden designer and blogs at Blue Planet Garden Blog. Sadly for those of us gardening in the mid-Atlantic region, both women live in California.
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.
Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.
She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.