Friday, April 3, 2009

Gardening: A Life Preserver

Before explaining this picture, I would like to apologize to any of my readers for me taking such a long sabbatical from posting.  I realize I didn't really post so much material that anyone who liked my musings would starve to death; but alas I apologize wholeheartedly.

This picture is of the life preserver I have been thrown by my landlord.  I approached him a few weeks back and asked if I could turn this unsightly area below the stairs to my apartment into a shade garden for myself.  He was thrilled that someone would want to do such a thing.  Yes, I can imagine all the negative Nancy's thoughts bouncing through their brains.  "Of course he is thrilled! You will be putting a lot of time and money into his property."  "You will be improving his property for resale value."  "Why bother when you are just renting and will eventually leave?"

Let me explain.  Gardening to me is like breathing.  I feel alive, excited, calm, relaxed, invigorated, challenged, imaginative, artistic, joyful, dreamy....in essence, euphoric!  When I am pulling weeds, digging in the dirt, pruning, or just relaxing amidst my bountiful reward I feel a happiness and peacefulness that can only be compared to being in love.  If this little corner of someone else's property can get me to experience those feelings I would be stupid NOT to partake in it's effects.  So now you understand the thinking behind the title of this post.

So now I hope you understand, at least a little, where my reasoning emerges.  I am going to write future posts on the progress of my garden in case anyone is interested.  If I can convince one person to dig into themselves and find that euphoric feeling through gardening then my writing has done it's job.  Until the next post...HAPPY GARDENING
   
ANGELO


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buff said...

Amgelo, like yourself, shade gardening is my passion.

You can create an oasis, a garden of tranquility , where you, your phlox,shade geraniums, coutless other trees and shrubs, bulbs, etc can live in harmony with the birds, squirrels and other wildlife creatures.

Mega hairy muscle hugs of thanks for sharing such beautiful posts.

A new fan.

Angelo de Gioia said...

I thank you for your kind words Buff! At last....a fellow gardener who understands my passion :) I now have more of a reason to continue writing posts about the progress of my little spot of tranquility...thanks again for the bright spot in my day!!