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Easy Weeding. Lessons from My Garden

Easy Weeding: A tale to inspire you.

Easy Weeding. On a day when Stargazer lilies wake up and bloom, I learn a joyful lesson from my garden.

Whether you garden or not, come, check out what my garden taught me, Blog-Buddies. Since that lesson might help you, too.

First, the Amazing Blooms

Stargazer lilies are summer royalty in any flower garden.

  • The colors.
  • Plus the gorgeous shape.
  • And, especially, that fragrance!

Altogether, I’ve got a total of three lively Stargazers. One to the left of my house and two at the right of my house. For a month now, all three plants have been budding. Tantalizing me with intense gardener’s suspense. When-when-when will they finally bloom?

No Easy Weeding for Me, Though

Embarrassingly, how was I going to prepare for the summer glory in my garden? Sigh! By not weeding.

Fact is, gardens can be delightful to have. Delightful to tend, as well. Provided that you’ve got enough time.

But if you fall behind, how ominously the weed growth accumulates. An Overwhelmed Gardener — that was me. Reminiscent of a book by Louise Penny. “How the Light Gets in” is my favorite novel of hers. At least, among what I’ve read so far. Set in a cold part of Canada, there was a chapter where snow began falling. And how did a major character react?

It seemed to her that snow was like chores falling from the sky.

Like that, me and my tough weeding chores! When would I find a good time for me to get out? When would I finally extirpate those hideous, ornery weeds!

“Peekaboo,” Said My Stargazer Lilies

Once again, I was looking forward to a day scheduled up fully, loads of delightful plans. Yes, delightful activities, most of them related to RES. About 10 hours’ worth of adorable activities. I’d lined them on my agenda, cute as dolls on a child’s bed.

Only what happened when I went out that morning?

Blog-Buddies, every day I do the self-maintenance activities in “The New Strong.” And I enjoy doing them outside weather permitting. Makes it all the lovelier!

So there I was, bright and early. You could say, my nose was already anticipating the fun grindstone in place for the day.

Outside I strode, aiming to get all my New Strong things done as quickly as possible.

Only what happened, soon as my feet hit the driveway in front of my house? A blooming Stargazer smiled at me.

Quickly I ran out onto the street and up the block a bit. What was happening with the others? These’re plants were also blooming, blooming, blooming.

Their Magnificence Dissolved All My Gardening Guilt

Sure, I anticipated that breathtaking Stargazer beauty. Only, as a kind of chore. Like, “Get everything ready, Rose. Because those flowers deserve it.”

Only when that magnificent beauty arrived, hello! Turned out, all the weeds didn’t matter at all. Weeded or not, my garden looked gorgeous. With those lilies the gorgeous-est plants of them all.

As a gardener, I found acceptance: In this blooming company, even my silly weeds could look gorgeous.

Incidentally, Have You Noticed Yet, Concerning My Tale of Easy Weeding?

Today’s teaching tale is an analogy about getting ready to co-create with God. (As in my upcoming workshop at the end of this month, “Your Sacred Body.”)

What if we’ve got personal STUFF, seemingly as unsightly as weeds? So what? Even then, we never know when we’ll have a moment of spiritual awakening.

Although we may not feel like we’re perfect enough… Evidently sometimes we are.

After Seeing those Blooms, I Found Easy Weeding

Uplifted and inspired, what did I do later that day? I grabbed my grubby gloves. Took out a yard waste bin. And started applying my shovel.

After only a few hours, I’d succeeded in turning my face bright red.

Okay, that did happen. But that wasn’t the beauty part.

Which is that I cleared out all the weeds in both sections of the garden in front of my house. Even took down a bunch of lilac limbs were taking over the flowerbed.

So proud, hearing every thunk of a falling branch. Maybe it was a little late. But I was managing to make a worthy setting for my Stargazer lilies.

A pretty worthy setting for my Stargazers

What Counts as Beautiful, Anyway?

An elderly couple from Pakistan live a couple of houses down the block. It’s a bit of an extended family, with my friend NARGIS, her husband and their adorable children. Anyhow, the grandparents were taking a walk when they passed my house. The grandfather pointed to an enormous blooming thing near to where I stood, sweating.

“What kind of flower is that?” he asked.

“It’s a weed!” I told him, happily. Sure, I took that thing out with a big shovel-shove. But what matters was how I hardly even minded the weeds.

By they time I’d filled up my yard waste bins, even those silly reject plants looked beautiful to me. Such is the transforming power of Stargazer lilies!

By the time I’d done weeding, even these yard waste bins looked pretty splendid to me.

In Conclusion

Probably you’ve got stories like that. Think about it for just a few seconds and probably you’ll find one. A story where some problem was dragging you down. You couldn’t make headway.

Until, surprisingly, you received help through Divine co-creation. Or you received a bit of spiritual awakening. And it happened although you hadn’t done everything perfectly.

That help gave you the motivation to make changes. For once, not having to work hard to earn your reward. Instead, you enjoyed a bit of what could be called, “The grace of God.”

As always, your stories are welcome here, Blog-Buddies.

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  1. 1
    Ethan says:

    Beautiful flowers Rose:) Just wanted to say I’m also a huge Louise Penny fan.

    I cannot think of any “The grace of God” stories to share but I I look forward to reading what other Blog-Buddies might share. Have a great day Rose!

  2. 2

    Thanks, ETHAN. Louise Penny, like you, are some of my favorite teachers for better understanding the Canadians in my life.

  3. 3
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    Hahahaha, this one makes me smile and burst out quite the chuckle.

    I totally relate to the weeding and time constraints of gardening Rose.😅

  4. 4
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    It’s well worth it though to show off those gorgeous blooms afterwards and definitely such a great motivator for me.

    I love those lilies. I used have several of them in my garden at my old house and just loved them when they finally bloomed.

  5. 5
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    They do look like weeds to me before so though, I think too! They multiply every year too making more bulbs under the surface all summer long for the next years season of blooms!

    I am inspired now to get some of those beauties of bulbs again for my new garden! So fun! Thank you Rose!

  6. 6
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    I am so happy I planted a whole bunch of flowers in my new garden this year to help hide some of the shabbiness of weeds I knew would star growing eventually when I didn’t have time to pluck them.

  7. 7
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    My neighbors still complimented me and I kept thinking just about everytime how great those blooms blend those weeds into a combined beauty!

    That’s my secret to share. Whatever garden I have now, I make sure to plant lots of flowers!

  8. 8
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    Heehee…they are Divine blessings to my garden and help me to not feel so guilty when I cannot get motivated to do some much need weeding.

    Thank goodness my neighbors don’t look too closely! Lol!😃😜

  9. 9
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    However, I do want to add. That there are many times this season that I have felt a bit overwhelmed and uninspired to get the daily maintenance of watering and feeding my weedy garden.

  10. 10
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    I find that there have been great moments of inspiration that come forward just by looking at those gorgeous blooms to get my gloves on, fertilizer out and water hose flowing to show off the blooming beauties even more!

    Cleaning out the flower beds really makes me feel sparkling as I do it.

  11. 11
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    The momentum grows and my mood shifts to delight and pure enjoyment!

    I feel so much better about myself just weeding my garden that to others seem pretty without doing much!

  12. 12
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    To go beyond the ho-hum of an ordinary garden to a spectacular garden (or ordinary human life to a spectacular human spiritual life) is most definitely spurred on by Divine Grace and Inspiration which grows as I make the choice or choices to get to it!

  13. 13
    Lindsey Lorant says:

    So, yes, my human spiritual life evolution is so much like my gardening experience…so much more enjoyment can come out of it with my little willingness in my effort to move towards a goal of beauty.😃

  14. 14

    LINDSEY, thank you for this magnificent series of comments, especially #9-13.

    Besides sharing one of your secrets for being a fabulous gardener, you really added to the point of this blog post, which is that little moments of grace, or spiritual awakening, or noticing beauty… can inspire us to get things done. Or simply to do a better job (or more whole-hearted job) than we’d otherwise do.

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