A few weeks ago we had a serious storm: ice and wind. This is one of several trees damaged in our area.
I have noticed this tree countless times over the last dozen years on my way to our favorite barbeque spot. What I thought I saw was a mature, strong, hardwood with deep roots and a solid core. The storm revealed something quite different. Without a core, the tree could not stand the stress of that storm and it fell apart.
That is a metaphor that can apply to people, marriages, families, businesses, and other organizations. They look fine and strong on the outside, but then serious stress occurs. Without a solid core of strong values, they can fail just like that tree.
Happiness is a daffodil in January
Happiness is the first sighting of forsythia in bloom
Happiness is recognizing the cycle of bloom starting for yet another year.
It is a challenge to write a garden blog when you don’t have a garden anymore. I lost mine when we sold our home and moved to a nearby retirement community. The wonderful friends who bought our home have already had us over to see. The garden is not mine anymore, but I am assured that it is in excellent hands. What I didn’t lose was my love of gardening. So I will use my memories and things I see around town to continue these posts.
One of my favorite vistas in my Charlotte garden featuring Weigela florida
I have tended three gardens in my life, two of which I designed and started from bare ground. Wouldn’t it have been nice if I had known then what I know now? That, of course, is not possible; many of my favorite plants hadn’t even been created when I started. And that’s not just about gardening. There is much I wish I had known about getting the most out of school, of raising my children, my work life in the Navy and industry, and my marriage to my Arranger. It’s too late for me to go back and take piano lessons. But, alas, we’re talking hindsight now.
I have learned some lessons and discovered new methods, new ideas, new plants, things that turned out marvelously well (I believe in serendipity) and, alas again, some that were disasters. I will share those in time. I also keep my eyes open when I am out and about so I may report from time to time. I might even share a thought or two of what I could do in my next garden…the one in my dreams.
I hope you will join me on my next journey.
A Christmas wish to all for a time of peace throughout our world. May 2019 be a year of generosity–given and received.
To all who join me on occasion for A Walk in the Garden,
I have been absent from the blogosphere for several weeks due to moving and getting settled in our new retirement apartment. My “garden” now consists of half a dozen pots with annuals on our screen porch. I do, however, have a small token to offer as part of the End of the Month View, sponsored by Helen the Patient Gardener .
A colorful hibiscus:
And a few annual vincas.
My choices are few, but they bring the Arranger and me much joy.