Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 21
I’m sure you know how it feels to tackle a project you’ve been putting off, and finally getting an area cleaned or organized. That’s how I felt this weekend as I devoted a good amount of time to clearing out the piles of clutter in my office. Not that I work in my office all that much, you understand…it’s a small, windowless room and I prefer to write and work by a window where there’s natural light.
Nevertheless, my office has been a dumping ground for papers for the past two years so it was past due for a cleaning. I hauled out three, count them, three garbage bags of rubbish.
That was my Saturday. On Sunday my mother-in-law came over and she remarked that the landscape around our house was filled with flowers. “There are flowers everywhere,” she said. I realized that I take them for granted…of course there are flowers everywhere! It’s August and I’ve been planting shrubs, perennials and annuals like a crazy woman for the past four years.
And yet, my mother-in-law’s remark reminds me that this isn’t necessarily the norm. Not everyone lives in a garden that is in full bloom for the entire summer. I am reminded to look at my landscape with new eyes.
Here is what I take away from this weekend of cleaning and seeing the garden in full bloom: Assume nothing and appreciate everything. Plant a wide variety of things that will flower, keep your environment cleared of unwanted plants and weeds, and always, always, keep your eyes open and say thank you. Thank you.