To quote Henry James: “Summer afternoon–summer afternoon: to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
What’s clear to me about the above quote by James is that he either wasn’t a gardener, or he had someone–or a staff of someones–to do his gardening for him!
Most gardeners I know find that by about this point in the gardening season, the weeds are as high–or higher–than the plants, the lack of rain has made constant watering a chore (or the converse has happened–it’s rained too much and molds and mildews are rotting out plants). By this point in the gardening season, I am heartily wishing for winter.
That’s why it was such a treat to receive a complementary copy of Garden Wisdom: 365 Days by Cheryl Wilfong.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but the accompanying letter instructed me to open the book to “today’s date” and read the meditation, so I did. And then I read the one from the day before. And then I back-tracked and read randomly from the “Spring” meditations because I didn’t want to skip ahead and spoil the ones that I had in front of me.
Each one is a little treat, like a perfect little sweet at the end of a meal, or a cool, freshly made drink (you fill in your favorite drink of choice here!)
The book is made up of meditations from Cheryl’s blog The Meditative Gardener. Both the blog and her book have won numerous awards.
And so now, thoroughly brought back to the wisdom of living in the moment–or attempting to, anyway–I will say that I do highly recommend the book. Anything that can drag me out of a weeding funk has really got something going for it!