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Monday, August 18, 2008

How Plants Grow At May Dreams Gardens

One minute I’m thinking that this will be the year that none of the tomatoes will ripen and I’ll be “outed’ as a less-than-adequate vegetable gardener, and then I have more ripe tomatoes than I can eat, and I’m looking for people to take a few off my hands.

I love gardening!

I love the up’s and down’s of it, how I love my garden one minute, and then after I see someone else’s garden or a picture in a magazine, or on a blog, I’m ready to rip out whole sections of plants and start over.

I love gardening!

I love how I carefully tend a special plant and give it my best, and then it up and dies on me, while in the compost bin a false sunflower grows, a survivor from all of the plants I ripped out, cut up, and threw in there earlier this spring.
I love gardening!

Perhaps the first lesson every gardener should learn is sometimes, the less we fuss over a plant, the better it will grow.

Or maybe the first lesson is that conditions don’t have to be perfect for a plant to grow.

Or maybe the first lesson is that we are in control of far less than we think in our gardens, so we might as well just go with the flow, sit back and watch the garden grow.

I love gardening!

14 comments:

Robin Wedewer said...

I love gardening too. Why? Mostly because it just feels right. Plus, I do a little work and nature does the rest--and makes me look brilliant!

Robin
Gardening Examiner

Robin said...

I am a newbie gardener and a newbie cook, and I was getting a bit nervous about all those tomatoes...What was I going to do with them all? AH, not to worry, the deer ate them all overnight!!!

Guess that solves that...

www.idahogardener.com said...

You are entirely too cheerful. stop it now. my tomatoes are still orange. You win!

Made it to Chicago.

MA

Susy said...

I love gardening because it is a process, you don't want your garden to be perfect & complete because then we won't have anything to buy or do!

Ewa said...

Gardening makes us part of universe.
Lesson first, if you dont destroy the conditions, Nature will do more than you think.

Sylvia (England) said...

You are so right, Carol - I love gardening too. It is the anticipation, the hope, something better to come. Even if my tomatoes are still green and it doesn't look as though we are going to get any sun this summer! Now if only I could decide on the tulips for next spring - I love gardening!

Best wishes Sylvia (England)

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I think the last one is it. Although we do everything to make it productive and beautiful, in the end, we have little control over the finished product, and that's the beautiy of it.~~Dee

Kristy "Greenthumb" Guthrie said...

Gardening is true joy when the first tulip blooms in the spring, when the first tomato ripens in the fall and everything in between.
Gardening is the biggest frustration when the rabbits eat your bulbs, when some sort of fungus kills your vegetable vines and when the weeds seem to take over.
It's my therapy in the summer and I miss it so in the winter.

Cindy, MCOK said...

I love gardening because it's never the same from one day to the next! It's challenging and perplexing, enlightening and entertaining ... a never ending comic drama or dramatic comedy.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love gardening because I have a finely honed sense of irony.

Kathy said...

I don't always love gardening, mostly because I don't want to learn the lessons it's teaching me, most importantly, that I'm not in control. But when I'm done pouting, then, yes, I love gardening.

Nancy J. Bond said...

Those errant sunflowers sure add credence to the old adage about blooming where you're planted...or tossed, as the case may be. :)

Terry said...

I love gardening too - because, even though this is my first vegetable garden and I didn't plant any strawberries because I started too late, I found some growing behind my garage!

Joanne said...

I love your gardening lessons, partly because they are really life lessons, aren't they? Very thought provoking, and interesting what we can learn from our plants!