Good morning, my dear friends. Today, I would like to share a piece which came to me by the way of my mom. She included it in a box of irises she sent to me, probably in the early 1970’s. Mom loved to spend time in used book stores and she found the piece in an old garden book. Gardening teaches us many lessons and this lovely piece, in my opinion, speaks well to the parallel of the garden to our lives. It was not titled and the author unknown. So, I titled it ~ A Gardeners Thoughts. I believe it to be lovely Sunday morning reading, hope you will think so too.
A Gardeners Thoughts ~ unknown
“For me, gardening is a form of prayer. Most people have an awareness of life and death, but few have an awareness of life, death, and life again. Gardeners do though.
Bulbs come up every spring. Then in winter, it looks like there’s nothing there, no hope for life ever again. Then, Hallelujah! Next spring they’re back even fuller. Perennials ~ same thing.
Annuals have a slightly different lesson. Annuals really do die, but they broadcast seeds before they go. Where there was only one calendula the year before, there will be ten this year, and one day, they will fill every empty space in your garden. Annuals are a lesson in the difference one living thing, plant or person, can make, and how their presence resonates long after they’re gone. There again, the effects are not immediate. There is always the winter. And when you consider the garden as a whole, well, winter is a time to reflect, a time to dream. It gives you time to ask the big questions…
Gardening is an affirmation of divine timing. Some years, in early spring, my enthusiasm takes an ugly turn, and I seemingly believe I can make spring happen earlier than it normally would, if I just work hard enough, if I till enough, compost enough, harden off seedlings earlier than I normally would. In the end, I wind up with twelve flats of dead seedlings. Then I direct seed a couple months later, and with much less effort, everything grows into the full glory it was destined to encompass. ‘To everything, there is a season.’ Amen.”
“Who loves a garden, his Eden keeps.” ~ A. B. Alcott
Wishing you and yours a glorious spring day and week ahead.
May you discover great joy in the beauty and miracle of the season.
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