March 12

FAITH MONTH: DAY 12: “The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”― Marty Rubin

This is lovely. I plant gardens…year-round. I have faith that some of what I plant will grow, but also know that some will not. It is not up to me entirely. I provide the soil, the seed, the water and feed most of my gardens regularly with (for plants) yummy fish emulsion and any other food that is appropriate to certain plants I love.

Living in a relatively new environment, I am learning what will grow here and what is not going to do very well. I experiment a lot and have to dig up some of the plants and move them, or give up the whole idea, depending on the climate and how it works.

Each area of my yards is a different eco-system, and there is a water shortage that I have to be mindful of. So I work with Nature to grow what is appropriate for my climate and place in the growing zones, and to keep from overuse of water that is wasted so often.
Given all that I do to ensure the health of my gardens, I still lose plants to surprises. We recently had a freeze which killed a sensitive plant that was fine for 6 years in my previous home and 2 years here. It died, after all those years, and I am sad. It was a beautiful plant. My work with every plant means they become friends to me. But that is how it is.

A lot like people, dogs, cats, and all of life, plants do not come with a certificate that guarantees their longevity. I am happy that I joyously celebrated every blossom from the plant that died. And cared for it well. That is all we can do in this world.

Allow life to be. Expect nothing, but do all we can and let go. Today is another beautiful day for gardening.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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