A Gardening Legacy Begins

December 21, 2021

Reflections, Day 71

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ― Pablo Picasso

The first picture is from December 2016. Margot’s age was two and three quarters years. We were preparing to plant some pansies so she could watch them grow.

The fertilizer pellets had been spread on top of the soil.

“Is that bird seed?” she asked

“No, that’s plant food.”

“Do plants eat?”

“Everything eats.”


I like to plant flowers with her every now and then. It gives her a concept that will last her the rest of her life.

This year her age is seven and three quarters years. (The three quarters makes a tremendous difference I have noticed).

This year we planted tulip bulbs from Holland. She dug some holes and we put in some bulbs and some fertilizer. Her daddy dug a trench with a mattock and we put bulbs in with fertilizer. The trench made a crescent around the outer base of a cherry tree that she calls her “birthday tree” because it blooms on her birthday.

We stood back and looked when the planting was finished.

“I can’t see anything,” she said.

“You will have to stare them up.”


Then she ran off to play with Ama.

That’s them in the second picture.

Two very special ladies who laugh a lot.

—john schulz

The days are getting longer

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site johnschulzauthor.com publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, johntheplantman.com which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at http://johnschulzauthor.com/

2 thoughts on “A Gardening Legacy Begins

  1. Margot is an adorable child, and I’m guessing she’s your granddaughter. How wonderful that you’re making lasting memories with her by teaching her how to plant flowers!

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