It's been a bad year for weeds in my garden. Due in part to the mild weather. Due also in part to my not finishing the mulching. I never finish the mulching.
As I began to weed, joy filled my heart. I worked, not with an 'I've-got-to-get-all-these-weeds-out-of-here" attitude, but with an "I-can-enjoy-letting-my-mind-wander" kind of attitude. I wasn't really weeding to get rid of the weeds. I was weeding just to be out in the garden.
And I remembered something I read a long time ago. (Pay attention - this is important.)
It was a story written by a garden magazine photographer. He (or was it she?) said that every garden she (or was it he?) had photographed had weeds. Every one. In fact, there had been one garden that was so weedy, it had been challenging to take a photograph!
I remember that story each time I weed, and I smile. It's such a great lesson for any gardener, but especially for new gardeners. Gardens are rarely, if ever, perfect.
Which is fine, because perfection is not my goal. Don't get me wrong. I would love to have the perfect garden. I would love for visitors to see a weedless garden. But I know that will never happen. So, that is not my goal.
My goal is delight. Delight in a bloom. Delight in the life in my garden. Delight in the changes, the seasons, the colors, the scents, the surprises. The pictures in this post are from this spring, and I have delighted in every tiny bloom.
Donna of Gardens Eye View has started a meme called Seasonal Celebrations. Beth at Plant Postings has a meme called Garden Lessons Learned. As Beth wrote, "Lessons Learned looks backward to the recent past, while Seasonal Celebrations looks ahead". I wondered how one could look forward and look back at the same time.
Then I remembered the lesson.
As I look forward to a new season, I will work toward my goal:
Not perfection, but delight.
And with those few words, I can look forward to Seasonal Celebrations and look back and remember the Lesson Learned. Today I'm joining both Donna's and Beth's memes.