For five glorious minutes, I am going to focus on what I have accomplished in my garden so far this spring, and not on what I still need to do.
Cleaned up the grape arbor bed, which has been an eyesore for several years.
Dug out the nasty Forsythia x intermedia ‘Arnold Dwarf’, which has been a poor performing shrub ever since I planted it.
Removed all the ribbon grass, leaving a nice area to plant new perennials.
Weeded and prepared the vegetable garden for planting.
Kept up with the mowing and trimming of the lawn.
Weeded allthe flower beds and kept up with deadheading the flowers as needed
And last fall, I straightened up my retaining wall bed, and dug out all the English ivy I foolishly planted there.
For the first time in a long time, I feel like my garden is under control, that there is no area that needs major renovation or extensive weeding or that I would be embarrassed for someone to see.
So I’ll take five glorious minutes to just enjoy this feeling and smell the lilacs. Ahhh… the smell of lilacs in the spring.
Yes, there are weeds sprouting behind my back and more flowers that will soon need to be deadheaded. And I still have much to do in the garden this spring, mostly planting, and ideas for more garden beds to be dug.
But that doesn’t matter right now, I’ll think about that tomorrow. These five minutes are about just being in the garden, enjoying it and resting in it.