The Gardener’s Lament: You Should Have Been Here When…..

The thing about a garden is that it never looks the same as it did the last time you looked.  A tree may grow leaves….then flowers…then berries…then the leaves change color…then they fall,  exposing the bark.  No matter when you take a stroll through the garden it always looks a little different than it did the last time.

Whenever I have visitors to my garden, no matter how much they are admiring of what they see, I find myself explaining that it doesn’t always look ‘this’ way; That last week those Irises were not blooming and they will stop blooming in a couple of weeks but the flowers will be replaced by seedheads that I like to use in dried arrangements.

Those big, blowsy white flowers that just appeared on the Oak Leaf Hydrangeas will be pink in a couple of weeks.   The blue sheets of Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) that are covering the ground will disappear completely, replaced by whatever plants come up in their place – Irises, Japanese Anemones, Ornamental Grasses, etc.   And they will also change – the grasses, for example starting out as green leaves, then perhaps adding soft, beigy-pink plumes, then turning gold for autumn.

So when people ask me when the garden is at its best I don’t have an answer.  Except…you should have seen it last week…or you should come back next week.

This changing beauty is one of the things I love about gardening, so it’s not really a lament.  Rather, it’s the Gardener’s Song and we sing it constantly.


5 thoughts on “The Gardener’s Lament: You Should Have Been Here When…..

  1. I love your descriptions, its almost poetic! Its almost like we are walking through your garden, smelling and seeing all the flowers as they show off their best talents…Teresa

  2. Teresa, thank you for your lovely comment. I am indeed trying to create the feeling of being in the garden in advance of actually making the garden. Thank you for appreciating that.

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