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Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Best Gift For A Mom Who Gardens

My son Matt called to talk to me about tomatoes, never mind that I know zippo about veggies and only grow a few herbs, his heirloom container grown beauties were already sporting fruit and he wanted to share his excitement with me. He has pepper plants, basil and, be still my heart, Phlox paniculata and Echinacea purpurea, also in containers.

The kid who refused to help do any garden work is now gardening and calling his mother to chat about it.

Thank you Matt for the best Mother's Day. Seriously, the best gift ever. I will carry this one in my heart forever.


PS Hoping this Mother's Day fills your heart with sweet memories.

Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.


  1. Hear, hear. My son Matt took me on a garden tour. Loved spending time with him in gardens!

  2. That is wonderful! I'm sure you'll have many chats about gardening in the years ahead!

  3. That is indeed a gift to be treasured!

  4. There is no better gift than to see the love of gardening sprout and grow in our children. Well done, Gail.

  5. I agree, nothing better than talking about gardens, or visiting gardens, or working in gardens together with our children.

  6. I had a similar call today. I was telling my son how I was going to have to protect my plants from a possible frost today, and he said he still had his inside the house. He has plants! That's how it starts! A couple years back, he tried to grow cucumbers in a pot on the balcony of his apartment, and that's when I knew I had him.

  7. What a fabulous gift...my niece is watching her boyfriend garden...I'll take it.

  8. It is gratifying that your son is now gardening. Ha.. I can imagine how exciting it is to hear those words. I am lucky that my daughter loves flowers and does lots of flower gardening. My son has called me to ask what kind of flower is blooming. He notices these things. FUN.

  9. So sweet, Gail. My daughter called me last spring for ideas for the best plants to plant in Houston. I knew nothing about Houston gardening, of course, but I was so excited she was interested that I did some research and sent her a list of suitable plants. When she called to thank me, I found out she wasn't planting anything--the ideas were for a friend:) Oh well, I guess my garden conversations will continue to be with friends instead of my kids.

  10. I know exactly what you mean...I'm charmed that Sarah and Erik have a small veggie garden at their house, or at least they will if spring ever comes to Minnesota!

  11. How gratifying that your love of gardening has rubbed off on your son!

  12. we had a visit from our second son on Mother's Day and we not only talked about the garden - he pruned the wisteria that was starting to climb under our metal roof. What a good son.

  13. And we never think we rub off on our kids. Ha! Sometimes they fool us. How sweet of your son to chat with you on it.

  14. My precious son, Jacob, got married two years ago and he had his first veggie and flower gardens!!!! For last Mother's Day hedug me up some iris from his Mother in law's and brought them to me, I didn't know he was spending his off day doing this for me, couldn't have gotten me anything that meant more!! I bought him his plants for his flower garden and all His perrineals came back except one, I love that he us gardening!!!!

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