9/12/2017 11:33:00 AM September in purple and pink
Mary Lynch of Stewartville enjoys spending time in her backyard garden, which includes phlox, red sedum, perennial sweet pea, coneflowers, tall ageratum and more. Every year for Mother's Day, her children give her gift certificates for purchasing items at flower centers. Some years, she'll spend four or five hours a week in her garden, although she didn't do so this summer. "This year, it came through in spite of me," she said with a smile. Gardening gives her a sense of tranquility. "There's peace and enjoyment," she said. "You appreciate nature, and all God's blessings, so much when you're out in it."