A fellow gardener sent me this story and I just loved it. It shows so much of the FUN of gardening – how gardening can even change a person. Enjoy the read!
Yes, gardening IS fun. I have a friend in Michigan who said she could not be LESS interested in gardening and actually starts laughing when I try to talk about mine… as in “Helloooo…you’re speaking to the ANTI-Gardener here.”
Well, she bought a home a year ago and we flew down for a week’s visit to help her paint the exterior shutters, the front deck, the entry, and to do some repairs which really brightened up the house. But then I went into secret operation mode: dug out a weed infested flower bed that ran half the front length of her house, divided up three sad perennials that still lived there, went to home depot and loaded a car up with delphiniums, lilies, creeping phlox, hostas and the like, in shades of pink white blue and purple. I transplanted and mulched the lot, pruned her overgrown landscaping trees, and even snuck in a tomato plant on the other side – INSTANT color, and suddenly the house and front yard looked AMAZING.
Now the reason “I” am laughing now is because I got a phone call from her yesterday and she is telling me that she somehow finds a need to go out there every day now and check on how everything is doing, pull a few weeds, and check the soil and water if things seem a tad dry. When I asked her how she felt while doing that she said “relaxed, even after pulling a 10 hour shift… I feel calm and seem to have the energy to go take care of other things now instead of just collapsing into a chair.”
“AHA!!! GOTCHA!!!” I said. “You are now a gardener and now you know WHY people are gardeners”…long pause… and then she said: “Wow, I used to think you were a little crazed when you kept going ON about YOUR garden but now, well I see what you mean: it’s FUN. I can hardly wait to see what the tomato will do now.”
“And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden from the east, and He placed there the man whom He had formed.” Genesis 2:8
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