Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This was my morning message, and I thought it so fascinating, I wanted to share it with you:

It's like everyone's given seeds that are capable of growing into the garden of their dreams, but no one's been told they even have them. Then, when they see their neighbor's garden growing, whether it's because their neighbor actually found their seeds or accidentally spilled them, there's a rush to see what's happening. In fact, whole industries are built around the buying, selling, and trading of other people's gardens...

There are seeds that grow into private gardens. Seeds that grow into best sellers. And seeds that grow into happy families.

It's quite a riot, and often good fun but, would you believe that one of the biggest impediments one has to discovering their own seeds, is their fascination with the gardens of others?

I don't believe I have garden envy...but I will admit that some of my best ideas for my garden have come from admiring others. I suppose the issue becomes, not the admiration of others, but the coveting of their life, their garden as it were.

Sometimes it's so easy to look at other people's gardens, it distracts you from taking care of your own. You also forget how many hours it takes them to cultivate such a pleasing garden. How long it can take you to develop your own style and look. How much you have to take into consideration the growing conditions of your garden vs. the conditions that others must deal with. What look do you want; what makes you the most comfortable? What sort of garden gives you a sense of accomplishment when you stop to look around you? What is the best way to express your bliss in your own wee plot?

How about you? Do you have garden envy? Do you spend way more time worrying about other gardens than you spend hours tending your own? Time for me to get busy...I've let some weeds grow in mine and it's time to take control.

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka She Who Loves To Garden


Mark Pemburn said...

My goodness do I love my garden! It took a long time to realize that I had both seeds and soil -- and I think it had started to grow even before I was consciously aware of it. It has its funky, wild places as well as its ordered rows but every part gives me pleasure. Of course, there are plenty of places where the ground is rocky and barren, but I know that these are where I can apply what I've learned -- if I have the courage to do so -- to make another patch of joy. How better to spend one's life and energy?

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

At the present time, my garden is full of dandelions - and if you've ever tried to pull one up, you know how deep their roots go - I need to get busy!!

Her Speak said...

Ooh do I have garden envy! I also have no yard. Haha! I've always dreamed of a beautiful rooftop garden--a lush little oasis in the city. :) I think I'm going to make a window box this week.

Thank you for sharing!
Much Joy~*

Eva Gallant said...

I love this! The garden analagy applies so well to our lives!

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Genie Sea said...

I am a hopeless gardener! I have visions but lack the oomph to make them happen! :)

I missed last week's wishcasting replies because life had other plans for me!


As you wish for your garden, so do I abundantly wish for you! :)

miss*R said...

are you talking about the garden of your soul or the physical garden that we tend here on earth?
Garden of my soul: I am learning ever so slowly that I am unique and perfect just the way i am.. slowly soul garden comparison is disappearing :)

my physical garden here at Villa Maria.. is coming along slowly.. I am tending it with love.. I don't have garden envy ever.. but I do sigh over other peoples gardens. of the sheer beauty whether a pocket handkerchief size or acres.. all lovely xoxo
leave the dandelions there!!! good to eat the leaves :) steamed of course.. topped with a poached egg, nuts, seeds and olive oil - yum xoxo

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