The garden is an ever evolving activity that requires attention, fine tuning, care and the ability to adapt to change.
Every year, we make changes and enhancements in order to give attention to something worthy of our care.
And each year, no matter how much planning and preparation we make in order to avoid challenges and adversity, the garden reminds us that it is in control and it will respond and deliver whatever is necessary to keep the natural order of things.
This year, we have shifted gears and chosen not to give attention to something that no longer supports us; the vegetable garden. Instead, we brought in new material to support the demands of the environment and surrender to what appears to be inevitable.
How will the garden respond? Will the changes yield favorable results? And when I say, ‘Favorable results’, what I am really referring to is the removal of judgments and the acceptance of the appearances that are brought forth.
The deer have claimed the yard and the lack of moisture has stunted the growth of most of the garden and what remains is fragments of plants that we once admired and the absence of some of the plants that appear to not have made it.
It’s a sad good bye and yet a glimmer of hope remains that what appears to be lost will return once again. We can never know for sure. All we can do is wait, take the care that we know how to provide and trust that whatever springs up, whatever recovers and whatever stands strong, will yield us the satisfaction of the care and attention we have given it.
Perhaps the garden is the metaphor of life. Things die! Things struggle! Things appear to be lacking and things survive and thrive!
Release the judgments about appearances and accept the invitation to take care of the things we can. We cannot control the weather! We cannot control the wildlife! We cannot control the soil! We cannot control the plant!
We can however, shower water where we can. We can put up barriers to deter the wildlife. We can add nutrients to the soil and we can prune and care for the plant. But even then, there are no assurances of the outcome we wish for. Instead, the garden asks us to trust in the process of life and give it permission to grow and evolve as it sees fit and in return, we can simply appreciate the process and give thanks to the outcome.
We do the work we know how to do, release any judgments about what we think we should be doing and release any ideas about what it’s supposed to look like and instead, be grateful that we have a garden.
All that remains is … a deep appreciation for the privilege to support and care for a worthy task.