Friday, May 30, 2008
There is no unlucky gardener, for each small success outweighs each defeat in his or her passionate heart. Elspeth Thompson, Urban Gardener, 1999
Those of you who visit Bliss regularly know that I usually finish my post with a quote, this time I start with one. I feel it is such a good quote as it is so very true.
Do you, gentle reader, feel that you are a lucky gardener? Do your garden successes outweigh the defeats? For me they certainly do. As a gardener I'm very much aware of how nature works and that not everything will go as planned; seeds will not come up, tulips turn out to be the wrong colour and when at long last the first strawberries are ripe and you want to sink your teeth in a juicy strawberry this can happen:
Killjoy was here!
This certainly counts as a defeat or does it? Has sister slug won the battle of the strawberries? Well, judge for yourself.
A basket full of gooseberries and strawberries
Personally I feel this counts as a resounding success! And yes, they were sweet, juicy and very yummy.
Gardening has made me much more aware of all the good things in life; a beautiful flower opening for the first time,
delicious and healthy food for the table,
the promise of things to come,
a lovely bunch of flowers to brighten up the dullest day,
friends to keep you company,
the heady scent of a rose,
a burst of glorious colour to gladden the heart,
the list is endless.
So yes, I feel very lucky to be a gardener and I commiserate with all the people who haven't discovered the joy of gardening. But how about you, dear reader, how do you feel about gardening? Has it enriched your life and if so in what way? Do you feel lucky to be a gardener and would you be very sad if you, for whatever reason, could not garden anymore? And what is it about gardening that makes you tick, feel passionate about? In short, why do you garden? One enquiring mind really would like to know.
Have a fun weekend!
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