Before I started gardening, I thought it was a nice pastime for sedentary folks. Was I wrong !!! 8 years ago I moved into a new home & decided that on the May Long weekend I wanted to create a flower garden in a corner patch of my yard. I’d never embarked on this type of activity before, so basically I winged it. In a matter of 3 days, I dug up the space & charted out my flower patch; I hauled bricks from the store to the car to create the flower bed; shoveled a truck load of dirt into the garden. I was exhausted and elated at the same time! My first DIY project was underway. Then it was onto research of best plants to grow in that area – do I want annual or perennials? Or a combination … hmm, so many choices! I especially enjoyed digging in the dirt, carefully planting my chosen gems
During the course of that summer, I proudly watched the flowers and plants grow & prosper, I felt a sense of accomplishment and happiness, which continues today as I’ve expanded into vegetables and herb gardens. I like the physical aspects of gardening as well as the stillness that I feel as I prune and pluck the weeds, at one with the earth. I experienced the other side of the emotional spectrum as well – cursing the weather; disappointment when a prized perennial doesn’t return the next season; seeing my lilies get consumed by bugs seemingly overnight!
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