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Why does it seem that in some periods you can be very busy but manage to get everything done, while at other times you’re constantly playing catch up? Occasionally time seems elastic, and in your corner, but in other periods it’s less accommodating. Or is it just me?

Dan and I spent much of last weekend installing a new section of patio. For years we’ve collected round river and beach stones and we were inspired to extend the current “crazy quilt” patio around the bird feeder and into the fragrance garden. Three days later I’m incredibly stiff from this effort and we’re about two thirds done.

This patio area includes spirals made of the rounded stones, some natural slate, concrete patio blocks and recycled granite from the local counter-top store’s scrap pile. It’s a fun project because it grows organically…like a garden it takes on a life of its own and defies much advance planning. And like gardening, things don’t proceed at the quick pace we originally envisioned.

Kind of like the rest of life.

Right now I’m thinking that the phrase “Go with the flow” is the most astute piece of advice I’ve ever heard.

Swirling though the fragrance garden, this new patio will connect the bird feeder, bench and 2 chairs and provide some good contrast for all of the plants.

6 comments to Incomplete

  • I love the way the walk is forming and developing its own patterns. You are growing a walkway. And it is coming out great!

  • HI C.L.: Go with the flow, roll with the punches, go with the tide and many other phrases are all meaning the same. You are working with the circumstances, conditions and time to make things happen. When you plant a seed it takes time and certain conditions to become the beautiful flower you envisioned. All good and beautiful things take time and the right circumstances to become what they are.

    Have a wonderful evening,

  • Nice thoughts and wording, John – thanks!

  • Joyce

    Love your new art in the garden! AND, sore as you feel, it sure beats cutting down perennials, spreading compost or raking leaves! Hope you enjoy some nice weather, sitting out there before the snow flies…or Hurriane Sandy arrives!!!

  • Gardening is largely about the process…
    I’d love several more dry days to work on process here! 😉

  • Terry

    Lovely! I like the stones set on their “sides” – I once saw a “sun” made like that I think in someone’s garden and loved it. I thought I had collected a lot of stones, but you have me beat!Look forward to the finished product!