Impetus  

clevergirl4U 58F
1461 posts
5/12/2006 11:16 am

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Impetus

It's a beautiful, sunny Friday here. I went to the nursery for bedding plants this morning, and spent the afternoon putting in annuals around the house. I have been putting this off...feeling very tentative.

Post-Katrina, with hurricane season only a couple of weeks away, it is hard to move forward and beautify my life here...to roll my sleeves up and create beauty again. Over the years, I had slaved over an overgrown farm property...mostly it was a labour of love. I had pruned the beautiful old trees, shaped overgrown hedges, pulled away years of wisteria to uncover treasures. I put in fountains and rock gardens. I have always grown lots of flowers and herbs.

As Winter faded into Spring this year, I assessed the scarred earth left behind by the bulldozers and heavy equipment that carried away what Katrina left behind. I didn't seem to have it in me to give myself over AGAIN to something that could be levelled flat and blown away in a matter of hours.

The earth Herself nudged me...reminding me how life works. Lush grass and shrubs sprouted, carpeting the scarred earth. The remaining trees leafed out. One can hardly tell that the earth was torn apart here last year.

We pick ourselves up, we heal, and although changed, we move on.


honeypot7473 43F

5/12/2006 11:36 am

Try to keep in mind that while it certainly is a labor of love and hard to start all over again. Not only are you helping to heal the land, but you can also heal yourself this way. I don't know you so, I can't speak for you, but for me gardening brings me peace.It also gives me the time I need with nature to feel harmony in myself. Though we find it difficult to move on, remember we are capable of an indefinable amount of strength as human beings. I think you have the strength, if you have the desire.


Northerncomfort2 66M
120 posts
5/12/2006 12:21 pm

Dear Clever,

Thank heaven it has all come back to that!

You had me worried for a while...


expatbrit49 62M

5/12/2006 12:51 pm

Yep I have similar thoughts each spring as the last of the snow melts all the work from the previous year seems to be gone, but eventually with a little work it returns again

Thank You for Your Time and Attention


norprin5 55M

5/12/2006 2:04 pm

no hurricanes here...but we've evacuated because of forest fire...it really is amazing how the land recovers, isn't it?

King Nor XVIII


swlaman1 65M

5/12/2006 3:39 pm

Amen. (Humbly holding hat in hand)


rm_corezon 53F
3376 posts
5/12/2006 5:16 pm

I understand that, after other emotional turmoils (not hurricane related) I gave up my gardening and flowerbeds because I just didn't have it in me to put out the effort and care and just lose it all again. I'm glad you made it past that for now. I'm toying with the idea of going to the nursery myself soon and splurging. There is something very life affirming in planting and getting your fingers into the soil again.


ArtisticTwist75 41F
2505 posts
5/12/2006 10:04 pm

    Quoting swlaman1:
    Amen. (Humbly holding hat in hand)
Echoing... Monster Hugs.

Artistic


clevergirl4U 58F

5/13/2006 6:17 am

    Quoting rm_corezon:
    I understand that, after other emotional turmoils (not hurricane related) I gave up my gardening and flowerbeds because I just didn't have it in me to put out the effort and care and just lose it all again. I'm glad you made it past that for now. I'm toying with the idea of going to the nursery myself soon and splurging. There is something very life affirming in planting and getting your fingers into the soil again.
Have to say that I highly recommend it, Corezon. My spirit feels lighter...I feel more relaxed and hopeful...the sadness subsides


45CAJUN 61M

5/13/2006 6:19 am

The BEAUTY of a garden can bring out the BEAUTY within us and prepare us for our upcoming times in our lives. It gives us serentity and joy and good feelings. Dont forget it all starts with the soil.............
ITS SPRING, lets jump for joy!!!!!!!!!!!!


clevergirl4U 58F

5/13/2006 7:51 am

    Quoting humboldthonni:
    clevergirl...I have planted so many gardens and then moved on. I dream about them sometimes. Every one gave me so much pleasure and peace when I was working the land. And I know I created beauty where there was often only hard rocks and earth. The land heals us and lingers in our soul. It is forgiving.

    Btw, your farm sounds beautiful.
I went out again THIS morning and bought more plants and more tools for the yard! Yesterday was VERY healing. And I LOVE the idea that the land is forgiving! I'll keep that thought with me today while digging around in the soil


ebandit_64 52M

5/13/2006 6:12 pm

Clever,
From the ruins the phoenix will rise again. A garden is the same way. No matter how much damage Mother nature inflicts, Flowers return even at the Botanical Gardens in City Park that were acid shocked from the polluted water. You too will rise again and flourish, like the plants and flowers you are planting. IT is your spirit to never give up.


ArtisticTwist75 41F
2505 posts
5/14/2006 11:29 am

Happy Mother's Day Clever


swlaman1 65M

5/14/2006 10:18 pm

Ibid.

May the mothers of the world bring us Peace.


_CoffeeNoCream_ 52F

5/16/2006 3:33 am

I love spring !!

Liefs C


alexand1964 52M

5/16/2006 11:50 am

Its amazing how the earth repairs itself. Life goes on and so should we.


clevergirl4U 58F

5/16/2006 7:14 pm

    Quoting alexand1964:
    Its amazing how the earth repairs itself. Life goes on and so should we.
Exactly. I wish I was as resilient as the earth but at least I am moving in the right direction...which is forward...

Welcome to the blogs! {/color]


clevergirl4U 58F

5/16/2006 7:16 pm

    Quoting expatbrit49:
    Yep I have similar thoughts each spring as the last of the snow melts all the work from the previous year seems to be gone, but eventually with a little work it returns again
You know, I'd completely forgotten about that annual death and rebirth in Canada...thanks for the reminder!


clevergirl4U 58F

5/16/2006 7:18 pm

    Quoting norprin5:
    no hurricanes here...but we've evacuated because of forest fire...it really is amazing how the land recovers, isn't it?
Have never been through that Nor...can hardly imagine the devastation...


clevergirl4U 58F

5/16/2006 7:23 pm

    Quoting ebandit_64:
    Clever,
    From the ruins the phoenix will rise again. A garden is the same way. No matter how much damage Mother nature inflicts, Flowers return even at the Botanical Gardens in City Park that were acid shocked from the polluted water. You too will rise again and flourish, like the plants and flowers you are planting. IT is your spirit to never give up.
I haven't been back to the Gardens yet...will make a point to DO that this summer There is a definite theme of death and rebirth in this past year on the Gulf...I know that both the earth and I will be perfectly OK...just sometimes wih I had the earth's resilience...


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