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Lavender Fields A Garden Friends Series

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To my father who taught me, "Do not put off for tomorrow, what you can do today."

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Corn crib packed sky high for hungry pigs during winter snow, Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


now stands empty,

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spring is stirring.

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Barn door opens, swaying wide

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creaks and scrapes, moans and sighs.

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Beehives sit three squares tall, hushed sounds surround teetering stacks.

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1/4 inch deep, carrot seeds sown,

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row upon row after the last fallen snow. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


Thorny roses stretch uncovered,

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cut back for new summer growth.

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Sweet summer fragrance attracting bees, Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


scenting the air I breathe.

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Creeping crawling kudzu overtaking

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chicken coop.

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Summer garden, rhythmic colors,

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tin pans banging melodies to birds of prey.

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Curved hill leads to winter cellar,

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cool, dark room holds summer preserves. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


Patchwork roof hammered tight,

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fall grain deep in silo, prepare the farm for winter cold. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


Lavender, Corn Crib and Beehives acrylic on 48x60 canvas (diptych)

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CARROT SUPER FOOD POWER: Vitamin K - can help make your blood clot so that you don't have to use as many band aids! It also makes strong bones! Beta-Carotene- is needed for healthy skin, good eye sight and a strong immune system to help fight colds! LAVENDER SUPER HERB POWER: Calming -lavender oils and herbal scent calm the body and help you relax and sleep better. Medicinal - it is helpful in relieving headaches and nausea.

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Garden Companions in this book. Lavender and carrots are good garden friends! Lavender is an herb that has a beautiful scent. It is often used in little sachets to keep away moths from eating holes in your clothes. Its aroma is so strong it can even confuse insects and pests from knowing where the delicious carrots are so they won't be eaten too! Lavender loves roses too! Lavender grows low to the ground and if planted near tall roses, it protects the bare rose stem from harsh winds and cold weather! How nice! Lavender really is a thoughtful friend! You can be one too! If a friend is choosing to do something wrong, you can protect them by telling them they shouldn't. You can say kind words to friends and adults and that makes everyone feel special! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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Meet the artist: Rachael Van Dyke lives with her husband in a tiny house in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her home is very tiny- about the size of most kitchens! It is also off the grid. That means she collects rain water off the roof of her house to wash her dishes and clean her paint brushes. The house has electricity made from the sun using solar panels. Every day in the winter Rachael collects firewood and heats up her little house with a wood stove. Rachael's work is inspired by the many hikes she takes in the mountains. She also enjoys bicycling and photographing all of the beautiful old barns, farmhouses and animals in the fields. She is learning, just like you, about growing her own vegetables and flower gardens! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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