|We will have to sift the gravel out of the soil.|
Gardening teaches you to work hard.
Just doing some clean up can make everything look better and help you see what you have to work with.
|The mess created by excavating for the sandbox.|
|We moved the soil to the beds at the back of the house.|
You have to be able to visualize how things will look after you have planted flowers, trees, shrubs, or a veggie garden.
Gardening teaches flexibility. Things are always changing as your plants grow larger or die, as the flowers bloom and the colors that you see change. You have to be able to work with what you have.
I'm sure I could keep going about all of he character attributes you will learn as you work in your garden but I want to show you some flowers that are blooming on my 1/2 acre right now.
Sometimes instead of looking at all of the things I would like to change or all the work I need to do it is refreshing to stop and look at the beauty around me.
Even on the dreariest day of winter I can appreciate the form of a tree which has dropped its leaves for the winter.
I am enjoying the warmer weather and being able to get outside to do some work.
Each day as I walk through the garden I notice new changes. The Little plants sprouting from the soil and the buds ready to burst open on the trees give me hope for the summer to come.
My head fills with plans and dreams, a little sitting area here, some more roses there.
The dreams are fun to think about but I don't let them steal the joy I have right now by making me wish for what I don't have.
No wonder I love gardening so much. It gives me time to think and helps me realize just how small my place is in this world.
It is amazing to see and work with God's creation on my own little piece of earth.
How does your garden grow?
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