Monday, June 12, 2017

Lessons from My Garden

 
And suddenly it's early summer and the hydrangeas are in full bloom. They add color, grace, and a certain playfulness to the yard. They remind me to retain a child-like joy. As I drag the hose around, sprinkling every living thing, I take little sips, feeling the cold water run down my chin.

It's 91 degrees, and someone on the hill has a fire going. The acrid smell takes my breath, so I retreat to the Memory Garden. I remember last summer and the pitiful holes I'd carved out for the salvia. Despite my puny muscles, the plants somehow survived.

And I remember how much I worried about the butterfly bushes last winter, covering them with sheets, but the bushes refused to be thwarted by the cold. Now, they stand a little over 5 feet, loaded with blossoms and butterflies.

 There's a lesson here: even the smallest dream can overcome obstacles and take root.

The concrete layer around the potting shed teaches another lesson. If your ground is too hard, don't wear yourself to a frazzle and do not be defeated. Find alternative ways to build your garden.

I'd like to extend the wood chip layer. So far, I've put down one row of plastic and chips. Now, when it's time to mow, I don't have to move pots and benches. The layering may not happen this summer, but that's okay. Gardens evolve over time.




Whether you're gardening or reworking your life, the most important lesson is to get a bigger perspective. The answers are always there if you listen.

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16 comments:

  1. Gardens evolve over time and thankfully so. The joy is in that process. :)

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  2. Your garden is beautiful and you can tell that you love your flowers. You have accomplished so much in your garden. Enjoy.
    Mary

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  3. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! Amazed at the mix of colors right next to each other.

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  4. Michael Lee, your words ring true! You've made much progress in this garden, and it is lovely. I'm in awe of your vista! The hydrangeas are absolutely gorgeous. Oak leaf hydrangeas are in our garden. I try the other varieties, but have little luck. I tried a shooting star in a couple of pots and so far they are happy, even blooming again. Love all the color in your garden.

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  5. Your hydrangeas are the most gorgeous mix of pink, purple and blue, on the same shrub! I love the patina your potting shed has acquired too. Gorgeous view from your hilltop peeking through the blooms!

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  6. Beautiful gardens and I can't wait to get back to working out in ours again. Have to get this broken foot healed first.

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  7. Oh your garden is fabulous. I love all that you've done.

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  8. Michael Lee, your gift of writing stirs my thoughts about gardening and the lessons I have learned and hope to learn. The hydrangeas are just splendid with their varying hues...I have loved your potting shed since my very first view. Your vista is truly amazing...thank you so much for sharing your garden and creativity at Gardens Galore!

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  9. Such a lovely treat in the middle of my day.

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  10. How wonderful to see your garden evolve, and what a great analogy for gardening to life and living.

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  11. While my hydrangeas bloomed abundantly last summer, this year some of them seem to be having a slow start. Thank heaven for my Annabelles. They are incredible. Your garden is beautiful. Thank you for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

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  12. Beautiful garden. Beautiful thoughts.

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  13. Your views of the garden are lovely. Love your beautiful garden shed!

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  14. I love your thoughts on gardening and life. I am going to write down your thought about getting a bigger perspective about gardening or reworking your life and that the answers are always there if you just listen.
    I agree gardens evolve over time. Mine is constantly changing and that's a good thing.
    Everything looks beautiful and that view of yours is gorgeous.

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  15. I am loving your gardening lessons. Yesterday was pull weeds day so today I am proud of my work, albeit sore. I am loving ho you handled the potting shed. We added shed to our backyard and hubby is asking I do something to make it easier to mow and trim around. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Your grounds look so so beautiful, peaceful and joyous. Hydrangeas are my favorite and we had lots of beautiful hydrangea bushes when I was a child too. Good lessons to be learned- thanks

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