Yesterday I read one of the little tags on a plant I was carefully tucking into the soil on the east side of my vitex. “Full sun” was the recommendation listed. However, after twenty+ years of gardening in Oklahoma I have learned that tags printed for national distribution have to be read with caution. “Sun” seldom means the plant will survive the hot temperatures and drought conditions of Oklahoma or Texas in June, July, or August. So I opted instead to let the vitex provide a little summer shade for it.
We gardeners live on hopes and dreams, plans and schemes. I put fifteen plants into the ground yesterday and if everything works together for good, I will reap the reward of having a more beautiful yard. But gardeners must always be humble and give credit where credit is due…to the grace of God. No gardener, even a “Master Gardener” can brag that their little paradise was produced without a single failure. Weather, animals, diseases, neighbors, children, and a dozen unexpected things can cause the best plans to go awry. I recall one year when I had a metal archway over one of the paths in my garden and a gorgeous morning glory vine wrapped around and over it. It was one of the best things I ever added to the garden. I loved to walk under it! One morning I awoke to find that the wind, combined with the weight of the vine, had toppled the arch and pulled the vine out of the ground. Not a great surprise! However, there have also been many times when I have lost all hope for a plant and nearly pulled it out of the ground, only to have it rebound and thrive.
I often think that God keeps me in the garden because the lessons I learn there apply to the rest of my life. The hopes and dreams, plans and schemes I have for my family, my career, even my hobbies, are all subject to the will and grace of God. Who better to trust them to than someone who is so much wiser and more powerful than I am?