A Harvest of Reflections: Wisdom for the Soul Through the Seasons

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To reap the fruits of one's labor is a privilege that every gardener cherishes and others only dream of. Now, in this exquisitely rendered book, Justin Matott shares with us the bountiful pleasures that come at the end of the gardening season. For after the harvest, there may be dormancy for a time, but there is still beautiful life--and from it, nature's wisdom becomes our own.

The ripening pumpkin reminds us to let go of summer--and to embrace the richness of autumn. In the barren winter landscape, the constant beauty of the red twig dogwood provides a greeting to visitors all year long. And the fragile white flourish of angel's trumpet salutes the soaring of the spirit.

From autumn to winter to spring, Justin embraces the changing of the seasons as he muses on childhood joys and adult regrets, and gives thanks for the abundance of his life, for friends and family, especially the gently lingering presence of his deceased mother.

In this richly illustrated memoir and gardener's notebook, Justin helps us see that through the changing seasons, in nature's garden, it is in the roots that life is stored--ready to replenish the earth and the spirits of all those who walk upon it.

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Beginning at the end of one growing season and ending at the beginning of another, Coloradan Matott (My Garden Visits) ruminates in this collection of "vignettes" on topics within and without the garden, deftly weaving the two together, each a metaphor for the other, offering lessons in both directions. From a youthful kiss in a hay loft, through his mother's death, his children's wonder and his mother-in-law's green thumb, Matott crystallizes his life's moments and places them, somehow, in the context of the garden. With poems from a small collection by his late uncle, brief examinations (and lovely illustrations by Deborah Chabrian) of such specimens as the red-twigged dogwood, angel's trumpet, rose, dandelion and "yesterday, today, and tomorrow," Matott moves through the gardener's off-season of pumpkins and apples, snowflakes and Christmas trees, baby birds and hyacinths. Lives and relationships move through seasons of their own, and the author's own thoughts mature and ripen, from a gardening father's embarrassment at having to buy pumpkins to make jack-o'-lanterns for his young sons, to a son heeding his deceased mother's message to help his elderly father move through and beyond grief. Matott delivers a collection of warm thoughts for contemplation in the long, cold nights between gardening seasons. Agent, Jacques de Spoelberch.
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