" Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow circles
of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Oh yes, gardening truly is an instrument of grace. No matter what's going on with life around me, no matter the disappointment of perennials and shrubs lost to winter's harshness, once the warm sunshine releases that evocative earthy smell, dreamy thoughts begin to percolate: what shall we plant there instead? Hope and creative notions ever blossom in a gardener's heart.
It's early Saturday morning. The day promises sunshine which makes it ideal for planting out the annuals. Yesterday my car was overflowing, as was my soul, with happy possibilities from visits to the greenhouses. So far this year, I'm starting with pansies, marigolds, morning glories, geraniums, lobelia, bellflowers, and African daisies, to name a few. Sweet peas are already in the ground.
I also bought pots and pots of Spanish lavender this year. They thrive in hot, dry climates (zones 8-11), so they do not overwinter here (we're in zone 3b), but as annuals they give lovely drifts of colour and fragrance throughout the summer. Not only do I want clusters of them planted in the garden to smell while walking through but also set about in pots on the back deck for when we're out there relaxing. All we need now are some hot, sunny days for everything to flourish.
" The key to nature's therapy is feeling like a tiny part of it,
not a master over it. There's amazing pride in seeing a bee
land on a flower you planted - but that's not your act of
creation, it's your act of joining in. "
VICTORIA COREN MITCHELL