For the last week or so I have been really focusing on what I felt was an overwhelming challenge – keeping things alive through our long dry hot summers. It’s a struggle that I go through every summer and I have been feeling overwhelmed by it lately – not sure what to DO about it. I have been in one of those “turning point” places – open to some radical change to occur to me. Asking my “garden devas” for help and guidance!
Then this morning I woke up with a thought – and walked around the gardens at dawn cogitating on it and it just really hit me! Every summer I go through this period of misery from about mid July on and it is caused by the fact that there are a number of plants scattered throughout my gardens that are either attacked by spider mites each summer at this time – or just struggle with the heat and lack of abundant moisture – or they just can’t deal with the moles and rats who tunnel through the soil looking for worms – or whatever their problem might be. The bottom line is – these plants are not happy in my garden!
Every summer I have focused my attention on those few plants that are struggling – and have ignored the vast majority that do just fine and some that truly love it here and thrive! I don’t know why I have continued to baby these things along year after year when I get nothing in return for the effort! And neither do they! It finally got through to me this morning what I had been doing – and how unnecessary it is! Most of these aren’t food plants. They may be wonderful flowering plants when they are growing in their perfect conditions. But my gardens don’t offer them that.
So I decided that I am going to go through all my gardens and take out (give away if I can find takers) all those plants – that every year get taken down by spider mites and no longer even bloom or just look frizzled and droopy and unhappy the whole summer because they just don’t like it here – in this climate or this soil or for whatever reason. From now on I will focus on things that are tough and hardy and perform well year after year without me doing much of anything for them except giving them occasional water – and they don’t demand a huge amount of that!
There’s an old old song that says “Accentuate the Positive – e-liminate the negative!” Those few plants that are miserable have been making my summers miserable every year too – because they have been my focus. They have been all I saw each summer, instead of enjoying the plants that are happy and thriving. From now on the happy plants will be my focus. Those who love this soil and this light and this heat and this amount of water. Those who LOVE being here!
I feel truly released from bondage!