I'm sure grateful for the chance to enjoy the gardens of Toronto with 70 other garden blogger last June.

I’m sure grateful for the chance to enjoy the gardens of Toronto with 70 other garden bloggers last June.

As I just heard on an NPR report yesterday, being thankful is not just the thing to do at this time of year, gratitude actually has real health benefits, including reducing the possibility of heart disease. Well, I’m all for that!

So here goes:

Gordon and Brian--the most obsessed gardeners I know

Gordon and Brian–the most obsessed gardeners I know

I’m thankful that I live in one the most garden-obsessed cities in the US, and I’m grateful to more than 300 fellow Buffalo gardeners, who, like me, open their gardens to the public for free on the last weekend of July.

I’m grateful that younger people (think early 30s) are starting to garden in larger numbers (according to studies released by Harris, Garden Media Group and the National Gardening Association). They may be more interested in food gardening than I am, but they understand the benefits of surrounding themselves with green space and growing healthy produce.

I’m relieved and grateful that the governor of New York weighed the benefits against the environmental and health risks and decided against fracking.

IMG_2349On a related note, I am thrilled and really thankful to live so near so many spectacular parks and nature preserves, such as Zoar Valley (above), Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Niagara Falls and gorge, and, of course, the Olmsted parks throughout Buffalo.

IMG_1342I’m grateful that, as a shade gardener, I’ve learned to love the many textures of green, and not be so obsessed with flowers.

IMG_1201Except in spring, when my bulb obsession pays off.

IMG_2119I’m grateful to live near so much fresh water.

11026109_801509416602598_7011971660639388306_nFinally, I’m grateful for this opportunity to blather on to you all (with your kind indulgence), and really thankful that I have five amazing partners on this blog, which is now nearing its tenth anniversary. Thanks for letting me rant!