As we are learning to keep our distance yet craving to visit others, I have noticed my gathering spaces are changing. No more dinners on my cozy back porch or parties in the house. Now we are causally gathering in the front yard, the side yard — or even in the driveway.

These days everyone is talking about what they are binge watching. Something about a tiger, or a mountain range or a creek. They all sound entertaining, but it got me to thinking about binging and gardening, and blooming plants.

Reading, writing, and arithmetic — oh, if homeschooling was that easy. Today, there are Zoom meetings, chat groups, restless kids and exhausted parents. Maybe spending time in the garden is just what everyone needs.

The past few years, I have been working to transform my shade gardens. That’s just a fancy way of saying I’ve been replacing and adding plants, trying to find what will grow to be happy, healthy and luscious in the shade.

Happy Easter! A holiday of traditions; church services, hats, decorated eggs, chocolate, baskets and bunnies. And carrots — this is a garden column after all.

The spark for my writing often comes from a conversation with friends. Usually, it is an innocent question or statement that turns in my mind and falls onto the page as I process the thoughts. That’s what happened with a simple question, “What grows here?”

Let’s not call them resolutions, I’m really bad at keeping those. Let’s call them “garden thoughts for the new year.” These are January ideas to help keep me, and you, on track throughout the next 12 months — and hopefully beyond.

What the heck do you do with a poinsettia after Christmas? Well, you can guess what I do: If I don’t keep chrysanthemums after the fall season, I definitely don’t keep poinsettias after the holidays.

Oh what fun it is dashing and dancing my way through the Christmas holidays! Most of my shopping is done, but I still have a few folks on my list. Luckily they are gardeners, and I have some ideas.

As the leaves continue to fall, the perennials go dormant and the earth starts tucking itself in for a winter sleep, we find time to ponder our lives, the world and how much there is to be genuinely grateful for. And while we’re kicking our thoughts of abundance into high gear, there’s time …

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Funerals for Thursday, July 2, 2020

Adkins, Anne - 6 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Morton, Freda - 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Nunn, Terry - 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Olive, Rex - 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Reynolds, George - 2 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Rhodes, Ella - 4 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Rose, Carol - 10 a.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Waldron, Helen - 1 p.m., Forks of Coal Cemetery, Alum Creek.

Wibberg, David - 11 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charleston.