Did I get your attention yet? Well, I bet I did. I was thinking the other day that when we let people see the “real” us without makeup, unshaven, first thing in the morning with all our foibles shining brightly, we are real. LOL. Yep, like any of us want to do that since once we do; we make ourselves vulnerable. People know the real us after hours. People find out we are not perfect. GASP!
I invited a couple a month ago to my garden in it’s most vulnerable state. It was a MESS! We had to repair and replace part of our deck, garden beds were ripped out from the previous years. Weeds ALL over the place and it was not a pretty sight. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I just love sharing plants and ideas. I want everyone to create a garden all over the city. If I can get them excited or inspire them, well, I can’t hold myself back!
I love meeting new people and I never know where it might happen. My husband and I were looking through some railings for our deck at Menards one Saturday and this friendly lady walked passed and said, ” I would be careful, kids can get their heads stuck in between those bars. LOL. She was with her husband, and we started chatting. I learned one of their children actually did that, and it was a funny story. She loved plants and was in the process of starting a new garden. I told her she could stop by one day and pick up some extra plants I had grown. Later that day, I thought, “why did I do that since my garden is a mess!
A few weeks later they stopped by, and I shared a few plants and a tour of my messy garden. It is what we gardeners do. We love to share seeds, plants, and stories about our gardens. We are a giving people. They were a nice couple. We had a lovely time getting to know each other, but I don’t know if I will ever hear from her again. It really does not matter. I was glad to share my garden with another gardener in our city. I hope she passes on the same love for gardening to another. We do catch it from one another.
I feel that we need to share our gardens when they are less than perfect. The Ugly of Gardening is they don’t always look like they do in magazines or books on gardening. Sometimes they are lived in like our homes. If you live in your garden, it is going to have its ugly times. Like when I harvest my garlic, and I have messes all over until I replant the area.
It got me thinking. What is Urban Gardening? It is about building community and helping one another. To do that we need to not be afraid to let people see our imperfections. It is essential we allow people to look at the flaws in our gardens. This is especially true of new gardeners or those that are building a garden. A garden is a personal story. It is a collection of plants that create a world that you want to have right where you live in the heart of the city.
So, as you look at your garden. Don’t be ashamed when it is not perfect. It really does not have to be. It is a process. It is about the journey; even when it is not perfect. Isn’t that like life. We should never be afraid to invite people into our lives even when we know we are less than perfect!