My preference for a packed garden has led to some thuggery.
I spent the day cutting back prized but overgrown California fuschias, cerinthe major (honeywort), and even California poppies to allow the verbascum, sea holly, and blazing star see the light of day.
It’s a happy garden that grows so vigorously that it needs to be edited in May!
Sometimes, gardeners get tunnel vision; all we see are the weeds and work.
The same with rescue; the sad stories and hard days can overwhelm.
To be sure, the usual culprits are there in the garden: Bermuda grass and wild morning glory in particular.
But I say ‘look up.’
In rescue, you learn that you cannot dwell on the obstacles and setbacks. You have to look forward to the good that can be done. While our hearts still ache for the loss of our little Rose to Parvo, we have been celebrating the recovery of Lilac. She stayed with us for a bit to ensure that she would go home strong and healthy –
and so she could make up some lost socialization time during her period of isolation.
Post-darkness, she is a gift of sunlight and happiness.
Look up dear gardener – at the magnificent roses, the tall Verbena that towers, and the Daylilies in bloom.
Look up to the brilliant Yarrow, Matijila poppies, and Jupiter’s Beard.
Look forward to the Delta sunflowers, the Dahilias, Agastache, Penstemon, Bee Balm, Rudbeckia, Zinnias, and Salvias. They will be here before you know it.
The weeds, like troubles, will always be there. But it is the good and beauty that deserves our focus.
Happy life, sweet girl.