First, take stock of what is in your garden.
All plants are distinct;
Seek the animating spirit in each vine and bloom.
Let them speak to you, in moments of quiet
Do not stake pansies.
Refrain from flooding roses.
Leave the lotus in the pond--
Do not insist that it grace the sill.
Plans and designs may be made, but must remain flexible;
An unwanted plant may be hardy enough to appear year after year--
Trust its purpose.
Conversely, the most ardently desired flower may fail, despite love and care.
Trust its purpose, too.
When your plants are thirsty,
Water is best.
Vinegar, alcohol, noxious powders, and lye soap will all damage or destroy roots, stems and blooms.
Pruning, trimming and thinning can be beneficial if done judiciously,
Everything will grow towards the sun,
And in its own time and shape.
Individuals of a common variety still differ in some particulars.
Fence out foragers.
Everything given to a garden, it will give back.
Does it matter if the sunflower blooms for you, or for the jay?
Keep soil turned, and loose.
Remove grubs and worms.
It is all right to save cuttings; a vase for your table or bedside will please for days.
Most things, even lovely things, are temporal, not eternal.
Beauty is holy.
Real love is never wasted.
Remember that tending is not the same as owning.
Good luck and happy gardening.
written for magpie 26
art by Gustav Klimt