After a year of working in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, I have – to my amazement – become a more patient gardener. I walk right past the impulse buy tables in the garden store.
Tempting as they are, I now favor these young divides –
trusting that they will grow into stronger, healthier plants that will shoot forth year after year.
This season, I will even experiment with seeds – something I never had the patience for before.
The gardeners and I have watched and learned what works and what doesn’t. Plant in mounds to avoid drowning in the winter rains…
Don’t cut back until after all frosts; it is colder in the country and our little friends need their cover…
And tulips belong in pots, well out of bunny reach!
Last year was all about planning and planting; this season is about waiting.
Including sitting out this Killdeer’s brood; 3-4 weeks incubation time after the last egg is laid. Her nest is so well-known to us that we leave it marked with a little statue for her return each year. No digging here for at least three more weeks, yet she allows us to walk within a couple of feet of her without too much fuss.
“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”~ Gertrude Jekyll
15 thoughts on “The Garden as teacher”
I love it when I open my mail and find another chapter of this beautiful garden journal. I feel myself drifting into several minutes of peace and much needed inspiration. Thank you.
Ahh…you made my evening! Thank you, Cindy 🙂
What a beautiful lesson to have learnt. Trust and patience. I love this.
Only took half a lifetime to learn it, but the garden is a good teacher 🙂
Just–ah! breathing in the lovely photos and allowing your wisdom to settle and travel with me today: Thank you!
Thank you for visiting Kitty! Have a great day. 🙂
Beautiful and true quote!!!
A beautiful and inspiring post. Thank you.
One day I too will have your patients… And green thumb.
You have plenty of your own talents already 🙂
As landscaper by trade, I never feel like doing anything horticultural when I get home. Looking at your pics, however, I want to plant something!
Ah ha! Your cover is blown. Feel free to weigh in with any advice along the way 🙂
What a lovely post, Ogee. Its true, gardening is a great teacher 🙂