Planting Next Year's Garden

Proverbs 12:27

"The lazy man does not roast his game,
but the diligent
man prizes his possessions."

If I were to rewrite this proverb based on personal experience it might read

"The lazy woman does not plant
her purchased tulip bulbs,

but the diligent gardener
cherishes every opportunity to plant."

To my chagrin I found the bulbs I purchased last year in a cupboard all shriveled and dying. This year I have determined that next spring I will not be envying other people's tulips. Next spring I will have my own tulips, crocuses, alliums, daffodils, etc. growing in my own garden. All the work of this week has been to that end.

The visit to my old garden at my old house made me realize how much I've missed gardening. And it's really good for you, too - it's physical labor, which is missing in so many American's lives, it can be therapeutic, too. One positive change usually leads to another. One hopeful act will plant the seed of another hopeful act. At least that's the plan!

There is something about planting bulbs that builds character. First of all, it's a lesson in delayed gratification. I plant it now, in September, and next May, a whole 8 months away, they bloom. Second, it's a lesson in hope. The planting act hopes (assumes) that I will be here next May and the bulbs will bloom.


Dawn said...

Ahhh, I always have a hard time from tulip bulbs, my sister in Tenn has the same deal and she suggest speciality bulbs. No, I'll stick with daffies, and irises. The season is soooo long!

Sandy Mastroni said...

I used to have a garden .
Years ago I would get up before the birds , go out with a cup of coffee and just wait to hear the first song , to see the first hummingbird . now that is a way to praise God !
Now I go to bed at 3 am .... and I miss it all
You've made me think it's time to go back to my garden. I will buy some tulip bulbs to plant and look forward to next spring

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden