Weather is an element of gardening. The sun, temperature, and moisture are along side us as we work to create our own piece of paradise. A late snow in Spring, a dry spell in Summer, an early frost in Fall are events that can throw us off course. A weather event, yet one we can work through.
What we are seeing now; wildfires in the West, hurricanes and floods on the coasts, and earthquakes, destroy gardens, trees, green space, wildlife and more. For some, years of labor and love have been lost.
Our gardens hold a part of our soul. We shelter under a tree planted for a newborn who arrived years ago. It and the child have grown, branched out and influenced the world. There are the plants that take root in the ground and in our hearts, like the iris brought from Mother’s back door, a butterfly bush gifted by a friend. There are the Adirondack chairs under the shade tree where many a problem was talked through. There are wind chimes carried home from a dream vacation destination, now hung outside your window tinkling in the breeze, reminding you of that special time. The precious table where barbecues, birthday cakes and loved ones were celebrated. All of these elements are garden treasures, none are portable in an evacuation. Our late summer weather is destroying so much; lives are lost, homes washed away, history upended and gardens ruined.
Yet, gardens are healing places, hopeful places and our connection to the earth. If you are lucky enough to still have your garden we all know that is our good fortune. So when you next yank a weed out of your flowers remember all these gardeners and what they have lost. As families and communities clean up, and begin again to heal they will replant.