Geranium Farm Home         Who's Who on the Farm         The Almost Daily eMo         Subscriptions         Coming Events
Hodgepodge         More or Less Church         Ways of the World         A Few Good Writers
Gifts For Life         Pennies From Heaven         Light a Prayer Candle         Links

May 22, 2008
The garden needs some negative space -- dark intervals of soil to interrupt the profusion of green and give some shape to the whole thing. It has been a wet spring, and everything out there has grown like Topsy.

This will involve uprooting perfectly good plants, most of which will not be saved. It is a painful process: you can't save every last plant in a garden. You must make decisions about how much the garden can manage and then you must discard the rest. Maybe you can give some of them away -- call me at 732-762-1767 if you'd like some star coreopsis or some daylilies -- but most of them are going into the compost.

I need not point out the obvious: everything else in life is like this, too. All choices have two sides. Repeatedly, not just once a season, we must decide to allow something, and that always means not allowing something else. And the something else we don't allow is not usually a bad thing. It's just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's not hard to choose between good and evil. What's hard is choosing between good and good.

But stop and think: that plant you toss in the compost? Its work is not over. It only looks that way to us. The energy that formed it can never be destroyed. Immediately, it sets about the work of changing states. In the interesting and creative process we dismissively call "rotting," it will become food for other plants and animals. Its life will go on, in myriad ways, as long as the earth endures. Because I cannot use something doesn't mean it is lost. Because I cannot do something myself doesn't mean it won't happen in another way. There are lots of good ways for things to happen besides the one I would like to see.
Copyright © 2022 Barbara Crafton
  2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006     2005     2004     2003  
  2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006     2005     2004     2003  

Copyright © 2003-2022 Geranium Farm - All rights reserved.
Reproduction of any materials on this web site for any purpose
other than personal use without written consent is prohibited.

2003-2004 Golden Web Awards Winner     2003-2004 Level 2 Diamond Web Award Winner Humanitarian Award Winner     2004 WebAward Winner for Standard of Excellence