I was all ready to publish another post, when I was looking at my garden and I was so taken by the rainy day that was being brightened by some tiny purple flowers. Wow! I never saw these before. I have only been tending this garden for a little over a year. Its past keeper must have planted them. I have been seeing little surprises amongst the indoor plants for weeks now, but this was my first grand reward outdoors.
That’s the thing about gardening, it is such a life lesson. And the lesson is truly individual. You feel what you feel when you view a garden. And that is your reward. Be it awe, pride, humility….. You have a little patch of paradise that you can return to over and over and experience its rebirth every year. For people who garden, there is no feeling quite like it. Both indoors and outdoors, the surprises and rewards are plentiful.
For me, there is the actual physical garden as well as the gardening. Gardening is one of my favorite times to let my mind go blank and entertain all possibilities. Gardening, for me, is an attempt to simplify life and regain paradise. As gardeners, we become the seasons of nature. Our activities are in harmony with the planet. Gardening is truly an epiphany. From the moment the growth begins, we are connected to all the cycles of life. And we grow. And the garden grows.
I close with a simple and perfect quote from Chance the Gardener, the brilliant character from Jerzy Kozinski’s “Being There”.
“In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.”
That sums it up for me.