To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”
This is our little house before we bought it in 2001. I loved all of the trees; palms, oaks, ficus, and pines. It was like having our own small forest in town. Unfortunately within months of buying our house many of the pines on our street became diseased and had to be cut down.
Not easily deterred, we laid sod and planted shrubs and flowers where the pines had been.
We had a ton of river rock delivered and I turned the ugly gully in the front yard into a faux stream bed. A variety of large rocks, ferns, grasses, and flowers were planted on the banks of the “stream”
Then came Charlie, Frances, Ivan & Wilma in 2004 and 2005. This is what our yard looked like in the aftermath of those storms.
Compared to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and even many here in Florida after those four storms we were so very lucky. Our little wood-framed, stucco covered house withstood winds in excess of 115 miles an hour and only suffered some roof and other minor damage and downed trees.
And so you plant again…
…a few flowers &
a little bit of Zen.
I took some time off from gardening for a couple years when my husband got sick in 2011. Weekends were spent driving a couple of hours to the neurological rehabilitation center where he was recovering from bi-lateral strokes. Thanks to some wonderful therapists and my husband’s own indomitable will, he was able to come home last year and we began the process of rebuilding our lives. And I began to plant again…
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
It’s hard to pick up the pieces of your life after tragedy strikes. At first you start by just trying to go through the motions of everyday life. You don’t think about tomorrow because all of your energy is put into trying to get through today. Besides the future is a scary place, you never know what terrible thing may happen next. Eventually you try to find something that makes you feel happy again, if not for yourself than for those who love you. And then one day you start to notice again the beauty in the world around you. The little things that make you smile, a flower, a butterfly, the sea, your new kitten. And you begin to feel hopeful again. For me planting a garden is believing in tomorrow, it’s knowing that if you plant a seed, in time and with care, something beautiful will grow.