Living the Dream…

One of my dearest friends often calls me after a long day of
yard work to tell me that she’s been ‘living the dream.’  I always get a big chuckle out of that phone
call and the sarcasm in her voice.  Truth
is, working outside in my garden or someone else’s is a dream to me; it’s
clearly my passion.  That’s why I thought
I’d focus today’s blog on some of my favorite garden sayings, as they appropriately
relate to life and my view that gardening and landscape design are my joie
de vivre
, my reason for being, and my therapy!
This quote speaks volumes to me.  Whether I am pruning bushes, weeding, or
designing a new planting bed, I live in the garden.  There’s nothing like digging in the dirt,
breathing in the fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun on my back, and
listening to the birds.  All experiences
that are found in my garden, where I come to life. 
I can’t tell you how often a client tells me they want ‘low maintenance’
or ‘no maintenance.’  I try to explain
that every garden requires work.  That’s
another thing I love about gardening – it is hard work.  It requires planning, physical stamina, and
ongoing commitment.  It requires that we
learn to be observant and patient and adapt to changing circumstances.  Very similar to every other successful
relationship and life experience.  I am thankful
for the effort required and the life lessons our gardens teach us.  The labor and love we invest in our gardens
will reap rewards for years to come through year-round beauty, and if we are
lucky, a lasting legacy. 
My garden is my canvas and I love the fact that I can change
the painting any time I want.  Sometimes
nature forces me to make changes; other times I’m just not happy with the
aesthetics of a space and I want to try something else.  Occasionally I discover a plant I can’t live
without and I find a place on my canvas to squeeze it in.  I love being an artist in the garden; the
experience fuels my soul and nurtures my creative energy.
I hope I have inspired you with some of my favorite
gardening quotes.  Perhaps you’ll share a
favorite saying of your own.  Maybe you
have gained a new appreciation for the effort a garden takes, or changed your
perspective to view your garden as a blank slate and not a burden.  Go ahead, give it a try – get out there and
live the dream!     

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