Friday, September 04, 2009
Friday Flowers: Diversity
Ginger wrote a post entitled Lessons from the Gardens and described her recent visit to Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia. I hope to have the opportunity of seeing them some day. In her usual wise way Ginger drew a number of life lessons from her observation of these beautiful formal gardens. Here is a quote from her post,
"Contrasts bring out the beauty. It's all a part of "the plan." Get right up next to those who are different than you, and the proximity of both of you will enhance the beauty in both of you."
With these thoughts in mind, I decided to visit our city gardens on the way into work on Thursday morning. Rockway is a lovely urban oasis and the small acreage is tended by volunteers as well as city workers. I took special note of the contrasts in colour, texture and landscape. There are water gardens, rock gardens, perennial gardens, annual gardens, herb gardens as well as flowering trees and shrubs.
Rich, late summer colours created a pleasing palette for the eye. Falling water and fountains added peaceful sound effects in spite of nearby rush hour traffic.
This diversity of growing things is carefully planned and lovingly tended by those who choose to work in the garden. The master gardener arranges, plants, prunes, divides, weeds, waters and feeds them as they grow. At the back of the rock garden behind some shrubs, thistles and milkweed are even allowed to flourish in a controlled way.
Are the circumstances of my life random and unplanned?
I think not...
But I can choose whether or not I want to grow and flourish where I have been planted.