Anyone Can Be A Gardener & Winners!


“Anyone can be a gardener.

It’s simply a matter of choice.


On the day you find yourself

fretting about the first frost~


Or ruminating about

 rhododendron color,


The day you say to yourself,

‘I’m a gardener’–


You are One.


You need no degrees

 or doctorates.

ball mason collage

No accumulations of blue ribbons

at a prestigious Iris competition.


No title bestowed by an

intimidating gardening society.


No personnel official to

declare, ‘You’re in.’


Nor any special knowledge of

pH factors or compost heaps.


What is essential is training your

vision to see beyond what’s already there;


Having enough strength to haul around

a garden cart filled with fifty-pound bags;


And money, because you can’t start

planting without any plants. . .”

~ Dianne Benson, Dirt


I have an additional set of jars to

giveaway so there are three winners of my

 Ball Heritage Collection Mason Jars Giveaway. . .

Anniversary Ball Jar Giveaway

Congratulations to

Judy Raffl, Gert Stevens, and Cyndi Raines!

I’ll contact you by email and get your jars to you.

Happy Canning & Gardening!


Thanks to all who entered!

  24 comments for “Anyone Can Be A Gardener & Winners!

  1. June 14, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Mom, here is a blog that is good to read and look at with great recipes.


  2. Barbara Moore
    June 14, 2013 at 6:17 am

    How talented you are! Lovely photos…

  3. June 14, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Such a sweet post…I definitely chuckled at the 5o pound bag part….so true!

  4. June 14, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I’ll say ‘amen’ to the money part! I’ve often wondered how much I really spent on that tomato when it’s all said and done:@)
    Congrats to the winners-enjoy!

  5. Mary from Virginia
    June 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Aww, I didn’t win. I’m glad I didn’t make too many plans for those jars-never count your chickens before they hatch! Congratulations to the three winners-how exciting!!!

    Love the quote from Dianne Benson. I am currently reading “Mrs. Whaley and her Charleston Garden.”

    Great photos as always.

  6. June 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Spectacular photographs, Mary! You are truly an artist, who paints with her camera.
    Congratulations to all the winners, too.

    Please tell me where you found the Anniversary Ball jars, so I can buy my own, since I didn’t win? LOL

  7. June 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

    You were honest about the money part! My husband has never complained about the money I spend but if he really knew he would be quite shocked. About the strength to haul 50 lb bags now that has become harder but I manage.Gardening is therapy for me and I could stay outside working all day except I have so many other things to do. There is something so satisfying when you have rooted hydrangeas and gardenias and they are thriving. If I don’t answer the door my friends know to look for me in the garden.

    Love your photos.

  8. Cheryl
    June 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Lovely photos…but I’m not sure if anyone can be a gardner. I have been trying and trying and I just cannot seem to be successful at it. Well, I guess I am a gardner…just not a successful one!! :)

  9. June 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Oh, I am so excited and can not wait to get these beautiful jars! This is such a blessing to me to be one of the lucky winners! I have big plans for these…lol

    Your photos are amazing and so enjoyable!

    Thank you so much!


  10. Stacey
    June 14, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Digging in the garden is my true therapy! As once it’s planted, it becomes another part of my family that I cherish! Love your photos and especially the Gardener’s Prayer, because sometimes you need all the help you can get to make it beautiful!!

  11. June 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Congrats to the winners and I loved this post!!!…you made me feel much better about my gardening skills!!…your photos are gorgeous as always Mary….love the “M” on your bench!…and I love the stained glass in the garden!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. a quiet life
    June 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Can you hear me singing with Julie, and these a few of my favorite things~

  13. June 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Aw! Such a sweet post! ONe day when I’m not hanging off the side of a mountain and have level ground, I’ll be a gardener, too!

    Congrats to the winners!


  14. Paula
    June 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Love the post! I am finally resigning from my job and can not wait to become a professional gardener, just wish I had your garden shed, hehe.
    Have a super weekend!
    p.s Congrats to the lucky winners!!

  15. June 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I love this post. Just came in from working in my gardens….early, early because it’s so hot here. As soon as I came in, I looked out and saw a bunny hopping around. :)

  16. Sandi Allen
    June 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Congratulations to the winners!
    Beautiful photos!

  17. June 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Love knowing that I qualify as a gardener, thanks to the words you posted! As you might guess, I’m loving the gardens around me right now and will continue to enjoy them until the leaves drop.

  18. June 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Love your post, especially the Gardener’s Prayer. Hooray for the winners!! They will love the pretty blue jars.

  19. June 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I feel so elated knowing that all I have to do to be a gardener is to simply choose to be one! All this time I thought it was so much more complicated! I loved what you said about training yourself to see beyond what is already there, that is the soul of an artist~ Congrats to the winners, they will love their blue jars1

  20. June 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Congratulations to the three winners…Such a beautiful offer, Mary…I can think of all sorts of uses for those lovely jars…

    Your photos are lovely, as usual!

    I am definitely getting a lot of joy and satisfaction from our newest gardening venture…we’re mixing edibles (herbs, veggies, fruit trees and flowers) with our ornamentals in the garden beds…Looking quite pretty and we’ve already started harvesting some things!

  21. June 15, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Mary, this is a delightful quote and beautifully illustrated with your gorgeous photos. Congratulations to the winners! I’ve already order a set for me and a set for a friend. Can think of great ways to use these. ~ Sarah

  22. June 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I am a gardener!!!!! Joe and i LOVE plants, flowers, digging, getting dirty; all that gardening entails. In fact for Father’s day he has decided that he wants to take a drive to a favorite gardening center and see what we can find. Your pictures and sentiments are beautiful.

  23. June 17, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Good Morning Mary, I am catching up on your posts and I agree with Dianne, anyone can garden, it is about learning as you go along. If a plant does not survive in one place, then move it to another, but I would always advise a novice garden to go to the library and read books….. there they will find a plethora of information and of course as the books are from the library, the information is free.
    The peonies are such a beautiful shade of pink and I love how you have team the peony with a pair of “jazzy” gardening gloves….. I shall have to search for a pair as they would make me smile every time I wore them.
    I love the idea of using Mason jars as vases and I love the little detail you have added…… the string tied a couple of times around the jar…’s all in the detail…..and you really have it in abundance.
    Have a lovely day,
    Best Wishes

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