My garden is also a wonderful teacher, a clear mirror of what is happening in the rest of my life. Planting and nurturing it is a great exercise in standing back from myself. Of course, when I first complete the planting, I am so pleased with the way it all fits – but then things grow – the lemon balm takes over the rose garden, things die – I missed watering that week, volunteers appear, new flowers blossom – and I forgot how tall they would grow… my mistakes become obvious over the summer months – and so do the rewards for the hard work.
Year by year the garden gets better and better as I learn what works where, and allow nature to direct the planting. The garden also teaches me to be flexible, to notice how the energy is shifting, to go with the flow.
My garden is a living being to me. My way of expressing my love for Mother Earth, letting her know that I appreciate and respect her cycles. It reminds me that my world is abundant and helps me to manifest prosperity in my life.
We have a rather large piece of property for a city residence. When I first bought it, it was in pretty bad shape, hadn’t been lovingly tended for a few years – although there was some evidence that at one time someone had appreciated it… in the first few years, we tore out overgrown bushes and vines and claimed the land as our own with new gardens and shrubs… I can be a little manic with gardening, so predictably, I created spaces to grow flowers, veggies, and herbs wherever I could get sunshine… and where the sun didn’t shine, I created lovely shade gardens…. never thinking of how much work all of these different patches would entail over the next years. But it is joyful work! The expense is always worth it.
I talk to the seeds and the plants as I place them in the ground… I see the seeds I plant in the dirt, as the seeds I have planted in my life. So as I plant, I am also thinking of specific projects I am working on whether in business or in my home. I tell the seeds that as they grow, my plans will come to fruition. I tell them that they have a special purpose in our lives, that they must help me create abundance for my family, that I expect them to join forces with me in creating a loving and warm and prosperous space for all of us. And each year, in its own way, my garden delivers. My garden is indeed, a working living being!
This year, my plan is to simplify. I am taking my time with the planting. The perennials are maturing, and arthritis has slowed me down some. So we’ve extended our vegetable and herb gardens, will plant more tomatoes, give the beans, herbs and salad greens more room, but we won’t be planting so many flowers this year. Last year, the garden began to feel cluttered with the many little patches we had created over time. My garden again reflects what is happening in the rest of our lives at this time… a time of simplifying, clearing the clutter, making better use of our resources, tuning in even more closely to the rhythms of the Planet.
What will your garden say about you this year, or will you plant one? If your answer is no, I urge you to change your mind. Even if you live in an apartment, you can plant a small herb garden that will nurture you as you nurture it.
So, I ask, what’s in your garden? Have you found the undiscovered treasures, divas and magic there? What does your garden mean to you? Take a second look – it is more than a patch of dirt with plants growing from it – it is alive, and has meaning in your life, purpose and value. Whether you like to work in a garden, or simply visit it, it represents your world in some very special ways – look deeper…. it will talk with you, teach you, as mine does, when you are listening.