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Sunday, April 4, 2010
Gardeners: Seers of the future.
"Seer"- a person with unusual powers of foresight; - one who divines the future.
Gardening is a leap of faith; optimism personified; visionary belief that planting, tending and nurturing will produce concrete results. Indefatigable Gardener Egos are prepared to accept that lack of success does not mean surrender. There will always be next year.
The strange, finger-like leaves unfurling relentlessly from the shadows are this year's peonies-to-be. Part of my pleasure in gardening is that I see the images of the future; beautiful flowers to come. In my minds eye I leap from this to fragrant, pristine white flowers tinged with rose.
I tried and failed for three years to grow peonies. Then I had plants with leaves only. The blooms did not reappear the following year. Now I have consistent success, using what I learned from each disappointment and counting on each previous failure to multiply my satisfaction.