Thanks for the article, Angela. I had to laugh as I read it, because I have experienced some of the same things that you have experienced in your gardening adventures.
My gardening adventure has been a little different but just as fulfilling. I bought a house that was completely remodeled inside and out, but the lawn was not. The lawn was a complete “train wreck”, and I LOVED IT!!! There was no established grass in parts of the lawn, no shrubs, perennials, or annuals, but there were a few things that I had to get rid of, such as stumps, weedy vines, and those invasive Trees of Heaven. After I got rid of all of the riff-raff, I had a clean slate to work with. I began planting what I wanted, and I have had and still have so much fun researching and deciding what plant would thrive and look good in each location. Then each time I plant a new shrub or perennial I get a strong sense of freedom that this property is mine, and I am making it my own special place.
My garden is a place in which I can relax and allow the stress of the day to melt away. But most significantly, it is a place I can enjoy with my wife and children to be reminded of what is truly important in life.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.
Thanks for commenting! I think you hit the nail on the head when you said you are making the property your own special place. It *does* feel more like my own property, now that it is filled with the plants I love best!