Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Garden

Patches of color are seen from a distance, but close inspection reveals a garden overgrown with weeds, lacking in definition, suffering the effects of heavy rain with no support stakes in place, and general chaos. The beauty is lost when viewed "upclose and personal."

I like gardening, but I am not up to the job this year. It is a bit of a heart breaker; most of the plantings will survive a year without maintenance, a few will be choked out (unless some of my inexpensive help is given careful direction to remedy the situation), and some have already been swallowed up.

Our hearts need tending just like gardens. When we are unable to do much ourselves, we must find someone to come alongside of us and help us out. That is okay, too. Weeding, defining borders, mulching, pruning, staking, transplanting, watering, feeding, spraying -- the parallels are numerous. Take a good look, "upclose and personal", and give yourself an honest assessment. What maintenance work are you in need of today? Grab the tools and get started before that plant is lost to overcrowding or infestation. We want beauty that endures!

4 Comments:

Blogger TrashTidBits said...

Thanks for the insightful words. I needed them.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous brietta said...

One of my hopes for things to get done while Daniel's gone is planting some things around the porch. I found some orange day lilies (aren't they the kind that spread like wildfire?) in our wooded area near the rectory's property, and I was considering possibly planting those along the side of the porch since they seem to handle shade okay. And since I don't want a big garden there--just something to bring some color and life--I was thinking it might be the perfect spot for a plant that spreads so much. What do you think?

(I'm still not sure what I want along the front of the porch.)

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