In honor of the first week of spring and weather nice enough to spend two afternoons in the garden, I am reposting the following from last May:

Working in the garden today here are some thoughts that came to me:
  • The bigger you let a weed grow, the harder it is to uproot.
  • If you let it go to seed, it contaminates all the adjacent ground and eventually your neighbor’s yard as well.
  • If you don’t cut away the dead growth, it’s hard to appreciate the beauty of the new.
  • When you have a big weed growing in the middle of a beautiful perenniel, there is nothing for it but to dig it up, gently disentangle the culprit and lovingly and carefully replant.
  • A plant with deep roots handles stress better.
  • Sometimes, when something seems dead, all it needs is a little sustenance and a little care to flourish again.
  • Sometimes, if you’re patient, that seedling you don’t recognize turns out to be something so beautiful and unexpected that it takes your breath away.
  • It’s worth the work to dig up, replant, and rearrange things into new unexpected combinations.
  • Differences are interesting and beauiful.
  • Year after year without fail, renewal happens.
  • Life can be heartachingly beautiful.
  • Sometimes you have to get really close to see the beauty.
  • And sometimes you have to stand back.