Ready for a very random post of my thoughts when working in the garden this morning?

I hope so…otherwise, just skip past this one.

It’s finally the time of year when I can get back into my yard!! I love seeing all the new sprouts and blooms and smelling all the scents from the awakening herbs…it’s divine.

I usually spend most mornings out in the garden. After/during that morning cup of tea, before the dog walking, before the breakfast smoothie making, before getting dressed (yes, I’m usually out there in my pajamas) before, well, most anything else.

Mornings are my favorite time out in the yard. The light is ethereal, the air is fresh, the bird songs are musical – it’s simply a beautiful way to start the day.

It’s also very meditative time for me – almost an escape before the day begins. I pull some weeds, check on my seedlings, water what’s dry and focus solely on what I’m doing at that moment, not thinking about much else – except for today – here’s what I thought about:

I have this part of the garden that I call “re-hab”. I cannot bear to throw any plant out simply because it’s not thriving where I’ve chosen to put it. In fact, I’ve taken in many plants from friend’s gardens because I cannot bear for them to throw them out either.

As I was roaming around the garden today I realized something – no plant has ever died in rehab. In fact, they always seem to thrive in rehab. All the plants pictured above were once pretty sad looking dwindling sticks or such. Now, in rehab, look at their beauty!

Now this could be due to the fact that originally I planted them somewhere where they just couldn’t thrive due to too much shade, too much sun, etc. I’m a bit of a “learn-as-you-go” kind of gardener. But it doesn’t seem to matter where I replant something in rehab it recovers and grows beautifully. This has made “rehab” one of my favorite parts of my garden.

Now, I don’t profess to know much about “re-hab” in the human world, but I wonder if it’s similar. I wonder if when you go there you get the time you need, without any of the daily “performance” pressures, to recover, recuperate and to thrive.

I hope it is like that.

I’ve seen what a change of scenery, a little faith and a second chance can do for plants. I’ve seen it many times now and it’s a beautiful thing. It has created a beautiful place in my world – a place I love to be.

I just thought today I’d throw these random thoughts of mine out there for anyone who may need to hear them at this time in their lives. Have faith, don’t give up hope and give chances – the rewards can be amazing.

A definite reminder I need to hear often in my life, too.

Happy Thursday,


5 Comments on Garden Rehab

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  2. Like you, I was away in México for a week, and during my brief absence, the garden came alive! Wow! The first rose over the arbor is blooming, and zillions of buds are getting ready to burst! It’s wonderful.
    As Ted always says: “Spring will not be denied!”
    I’m working on a project in the kitchen this week (lots of prepping and painting), so I have to content myself with weeding and taming the English Ivey until I’m ready to plan & plant again.
    Meanwhile, the strawberries are fattening and sweetening :)
    Love you and your blog, (((Jen))):)

    • Thanks Susan!!! too bad we couldn’t have worked out meeting up in Mexico!! That would’ve been a blast!!

      Ahhh don’t talk kitchens…ours is in need of such an overhaul, but I just can’t get myself to commit and get started! I’d so rather be outside right now…yes, first roses picked this morning! I love when plants re-blossom in the spring…I always feel like it’s hit or miss, but feel so happy this year has been a good one so far!

      I hope the guys had a great time on their ride!! AND I hope we can get up your way sometime soon for a visit!!

      lots of love to you too!!!

  3. I’m in the (mid) 40’s and I am only now becoming interested in gardening. In fact, I just went to the nursery this morning and am going to add more “ornamental” flowers to the backyard. They are supposed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Its HOT already in Texas so I am waiting unti this evening to put on some “old” clothes and get out there. I have 2 climbing rose bushes that I can’t wait to get planted.

    • What ornamentals are you planting?? How exciting! I saw my first butterfly of the season flowing through our front yard the other morning…so pretty. I don’t usually see many of them so I get excited about these little things! I wonder if I should look up and plant more butterfly attractive plants. We seem to have lots of hummingbirds though, but not thanks to our feeders for them – somehow they don’t like what food we put in, so thankfully they like our flowers! I used to live in Florida, so I feel for you and the heat…yes, wait until the day cools down definitely – that’s what I tell my mom all the time :)

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