Remembering Gardener James A. Stockton
The last time I wrote a blog post for gardenershicole.com was Monday, December 7, 2020. On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, I had a hysterectomy. I needed to take a break from many aspects of my life so I could heal physically. While I was in the midst of healing physically, my world was shattered emotionally. On Saturday, January 2, 2021, my father, James Albert Stockton, died from a heart attack at age 71.
Although I have posted updates on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, writing on my website was hard. Normally one of the first actions I took each year was writing a reflection of how my garden went during the past year. I haven't done that yet. I also don't have my entire spring garden planted. Time is running out because summer is weeks away.
What my readers may not know is that I took those actions in addition to talking to my dad about how his garden went the previous year, and we talked about what he was going to plant for the upcoming year. Without those conversations, I had little motivation to come to this site and post updates.
I became a gardener because of my dad. He passed this own to us from his relatives. Now, his garden is growing ... the blueberries, strawberries, grapes, and herbs, but he is not here to tend to it. I knew at some point I had to move forward. Today, on Memorial Day, I have decided to get back into the swing of sharing gardening updates with you on my website. Please, hang in there as I make the updates you are all used to seeing each year.
Below, I have included a couple of videos about my dad and a link to where he is featured on my website.
Remember, anyone can be a gardener. You just need to get ready, get set, and grow!
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