Cultivating patience in the garden is the ultimate lesson. We learn that we have no choice but to wait for plants to grow in their own sweet time – no matter what we do. In today’s world, it’s not easy to be patient. We don’t like to wait.
Patience In The Garden Isn’t Easy
We’ve created a world of quick mastery in which we can learn languages in a few days and grasp intricate practices like hypnosis in a weekend workshop. The internet has fed into the belief that we can become experts in a chosen field overnight.
So much of what we are rewarded for today is based on productivity rather than on cultivating mastery.
Tropical Bird in Ecuador’s Rainforest
Mastery Is A Life Long Process
Yet it’s the quiet process – the one that happens in private – that allows for deep learning and molds our character.
This type of process doesn’t happen quickly.
Zen practitioners spend their entire lives perfecting the art of the tea ceremony. Eastern philosophy understands that there is always another level.
Macleya cordata – Plume Poppy
So do seasoned gardeners.
True beauty must have depth and soul. It takes time to develop these qualities. And patience.
When I began my garden close to 30 years ago, my skills were limited. So was my landscaping budget. We barely had enough money for the down payment on our new home.
I started my garden with a $3.99 rose bush from the grocery store, $5. evergreens from Home Depot, plants from friends, and several packets of seeds.
To this day, the rose bush is one of my favorites out of 25+ specimens. I marvel at the evergreens from Home Depot that are now 30+ feet tall. The 6 Robinia pseudocacia ‘frisia’ - that are knock outs - arrived as 5? sticks fromGossler Farms Nursery.I’ve writtenan articleon the problems I’ve had with them.
If someone gave me the option today of having mature trees, shrubs, and perennials planted in my garden from the get- go, I would turn them down flat.
Select small specimens so that you can observe and appreciate their journey to maturity
So many people want large specimens so their garden can look completed instantaneously. But that just doesn’t feel like the natural order of things.
If something already arrives finished, you have no chance to really bond with it. It would be like adopting children when they were 18. You’d miss out on the entire growing up process
Remember, gardening is having meaningful involvement with some sort of plant life.
I’m into my 3rd season of creating an urban rooftop garden in Tel Aviv. My patience has been and continues to be tested in a garden that is tiny compared to what I had in my last garden.
Observing Seeds Germinate and Baby Plants Grow
I finally was able to find someone who actually understood what raised beds are. He built the 4 containers for my veggie garden that I wanted to be the next step in designing the back rooftop.
Already my patience has paid off with rambling vines, long runner beans, and green tomatoes ready to pop.
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