An annual conference with the queen
Third summer since new root
New neighbors, needles evergreen
A strange land to dispute
We are the crown, we drink in reign
And raise our brandy glass
We give our thanks in memory of
The boy who mowed our grass
No matter what for each farewell
We wish we’d kept them all
Divided we sing, united in dreams
Of old Carnation Hall
We pay respects to grapevine
That grew along the fence
Goodbye, forsythia in the spring
Our meeting must commence
I have been working very hard outside this year. With each plant strategically repositioned last year, we conquered. Lily patches have become focal points, two massive armies of pinks and warm colors that are coordinated and multiplying rapidly. Hostas that were lifted from poor soil are thriving in their new spots. They’re also making friends, learning to pair with the natives and are stronger for it.
Today I went back to the garden bed where plants weren’t looking like they had in the past, and I approached with a heavy heart for every broken leaf and hole. I didn’t know where anything could go if it wasn’t doing well where it was. But as I began to dig, I realized that the items in question had heavily multiplied….
Each seemingly suffering plant was easily trimmed and became three plants. It was like magic as I pulled each section away from the main root ball. It was like Christmas. I ended up dividing everything and lopping off weathered parts that wouldn’t be missed. I even took samples of everything and potted them so they could grow on the porch like extra copies.
All I had seen earlier were the imperfections and I totally missed the fact that everything was so much bigger – that being crowded was a compliment to progress. I wasn’t losing anything. I was winning. Gaining.
I was queen again.