What a wonderful feeling to be in the garden from morning to night! It is true, I can easily ‘pot around’ the garden all day… but not necessarily “work” all day. There is a lot of reflection, the observing of nature at work and the changing of the landscape day by day. There are breaks for snacks, planning and just finding a cozy spot to take in some sun. Oh, I don’t mind saying it, I love to stay home and just enjoy my wild space out back. Old friends come around again, Yesterday, the House Wren arrived from his winter home. Straight to my back porch to the trellis were their bird house hung last year and they raised their brood.
Could it really be the same bird? He knew exactly were to perch. There it sat singing loudly for his mate to come and join him! And then there is this squirrel that lost half of its tail last year, -to Misha, my neighbors semi feral cat- I saw it this morning digging around the garden for its forgotten acorns. The hummingbirds always arrive the first week of May. Last year, I was a bit late setting out the feeder and one hovered right in front of the french glass door for a good 30 seconds… right in front of me! it was magical, we stared at each other and it was as if it was saying: Helloooo, were is my syrup?
So besides all the chores, the garden cleaning and planting, the mulching and composting, the rewards are in the sense of creating a small habitat outside your door that is both healthy and inviting and in a sustainable way, harbors life for so many other creatures. Many we don’t even see or know are there. That is my reward. Every creature and plant a prayer of hope. Happy gardening friends!
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring