Wisdom from the garden

Published 11:30 am Monday, April 3, 2023

My garden center runs have been frequent and exciting for this gardener’s heart.
Anne, one of my oldest and dearest friends, and I hit one the other day. When we
walked through the front gates and our eyes lit on all the beautiful plants and
garden accessories I told her that the garden center to me was like the beach to her.
Anne is one of those people blessed with beautiful dark skin. Matter of fact she is
at the beach right now while my pale self sits looking at my colorful beauties ready
to go into the ground. This year I added to my perennials, but I think that I’ll always
have a few annuals put in in spring.
Those one shot wonder annuals let gardeners have a change every year. Some of
mine did actually reseed from last year, but they are in no shape of form. I like mine
planted in neat rows, but the look of a natural garden is also beautiful.
My garden tools need a little work to get them ready for this year, and I’m
rethinking the necessity of weed cloth. My farmer grandfather gardened with a
horse and plow. His garden implements were so sharp that they cut through
unwanted vegetation and roots quite easily, but when I picked up a new hoe this
year I noticed it was dull, dull, dull.
When I asked my friend who owns the garden center what was up he said that he
used to have to clean up blood on that aisle regularly! I guess transporting those
sharp tools could have been hazardous, but now we need to sharpen them at home.
That’s just another thing to add to the list, but it’s all part of maintaining a pretty
This time of year it’s so easy to spout off about the joys of gardening and feel quite
accomplished even though I hire out the heavy work, but the real trick is how things
are looking around August. When the temperatures go from invigorating and
comfortable to scorching hot even the stoutest and most dedicated get a little weary.
That’s when the shade and a cold drink look much more inviting that wrangling
those weeds.
Now I seem to be remembering why I put a weed barrier down! Well, August isn’t
here yet so I’ll enjoy springtime with abandon and deal with the heat of the dog days
of summer when they arrive.
My pastor mentioned this week that he never wanted the challenges of life to
make him bitter, as he grows older. I looked up the root cause of bitterness and
found that it is often caused by hurt from what we perceive as an unfair situation.
If we live long enough we will go through an unfair situation or two so I think we
can all relate. Just like weeding the garden keeps things beautiful choosing
forgiveness cuts off the root of bitterness and allows our lives to bloom.

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