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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 22

A garden pretty much demands that we humans embrace change, but unfortunately we spend a great deal of time fighting it. People want perennials that bloom all summer and shrubs that start at the right size and then stay that way…if they could have them evergreen too that would be a plus. But as the garden unfolds in front of me, I surrender myself to the pleasure of that transformation, appreciating it all the more because it is so short lived.

If the Oriental poppies flowered for months I wouldn’t pause to look, and really see, the miracle of a bud unfolding. If this plant produced blossom after blossom I wouldn’t treasure it nearly as much. Perennials are important in a garden because they speak to the joy we can take in the process of unfolding.

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