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Monday, January 18, 2010

Achieving Happiness in Your Garden: The Fourth Secret


Having found three of the five secrets to achieving happiness in your garden, I was on “high alert” for signs of the fourth secret.

As I walked around the garden each day, I found myself stopping to look under every rock for signs of a piece of paper, a box, something, anything that might contain the fourth secret. Whenever I picked up an old magazine or gardening book, I caught myself not necessarily reading it, but instead looking in the margins and between the lines, hoping that the fourth secret would soon be revealed.

Then just as I was about to give up on ever finding the fourth secret, I noticed a thin thread, almost a spider web, attached to my back door. Normally, I would have just brushed it aside, but something made me wanted to follow that thread to its end point, to see what might be there.

I slowly started walking across the patio, thread in hand, and soon found myself crouched down looking under a rather large Viburnum shrub wondering if I should really attempt to crawl under there to see where the thread went.

Just then I heard a little giggle and felt a tickle on my backside, as though someone was trying to put something in my back pocket. Instinctively, I reached back and felt a piece of paper sticking up out of my pocket. I slowly pulled it out and unfolded it.

Yes, it was the fourth secret.

It was powerful. It was brief. Just three words. Three very important words.

Respect Mother Nature.

What more could be said?

We respect Mother Nature when we accept the hardiness zone we are in and choose plants that will do well in our zone.

We respect Mother Nature when we compost and use that compost to amend the soil in our gardens.

We respect Mother Nature when we choose organic methods and eliminate the use of pesticides in our home gardens.

We respect Mother Nature when choose plants that will attract bees, butterflies, birds and other critters to our gardens.

Whenever we have a choice in our gardens, we should always choose the option that respects Mother Nature. To do otherwise will lead to frustration, heartache, worry and waste. There is no point to it when we can achieve happiness by just respecting Mother Nature

Respect Mother Nature.

The fourth secret and three powerful words.

I suspected that it was the garden fairies who set up that elaborate scheme with the thread to get me to kneel down enough so they could slip that fourth secret into my back pocket. I suspected it, but I had no way to prove it, to know for sure.

The only thing I knew at that point was that there was a fifth and final secret to achieving happiness in your garden, and I would give almost anything to find out what it was.

18 comments:

heen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence™ said...

Oh yes, well done. And who better to remind us than the garden herself. H.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is one secret that should be followed no matter what it is we are doing.

lotusleaf said...

Yes, I know from experience that this secret will bring you happiness. Well written post, Carol.

Helen said...

Mother (Nature) knows best!

Jayne said...

Great post, Carol. We should all respect Mother Nature.

YardFarm Austin said...

Great insight - I look forward to reading the rest of the secrets.

Teresa O said...

Aren't fairies wise creatures? Mother Nature offers so much, it's hard to believe that she doesn't always get the respect she deserves. I'm so glad you discovered the fourth secret.

Elephant's Eye said...

This is the one that would be my first secret. Nature first. Garden second. But that's just me ...

Melanie said...

Wonderfully said. but how many non gardeners know to respect mother nature ...

Liza said...

What a sweet series of posts. And great reminders, thanks!

susie said...

I think this one is the most important secret of all....thanks for the message.

Hank Moorlag said...

Nicely presented, Carol. An inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

Respecting Mother Nature means not only accepting your zone, but accepting your soil, your sun (or lack thereof), and your rainfall. Mother Nature will win if you ignore them. She always does.

I'm really enjoying this series.

Deirdre

Bren said...

You always have the right words to say! Super Inspiring!
BTW: I am really sorry I messed up the Bloom Day entry by adding myself twice. I do admire your garden and I hope to participate in next months Bloom Day (Feb.15?) as well.

Thank you so much for sharing your secrets to gardening.... I do much better out in my greenhouse with my plants.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Carol, Often in seeking the complex solutions to life, the simple truths may be overlooked. Thank you for reminding us all of this.

Rose said...

Three powerful words--and good advice for everyone, gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

Rosey Pollen said...

This is a lesson that took me long while to learn. Remember Madeline and the Bad hat? I used to be a bad hat. True confession. But now I am much kinder to the animals. I still hate voles though.
Rosey

Meredith said...

Beautifully written. I agree wholeheartedly with the fourth secret -- and I love your garden fairies' playful scheming. :)