What’s in a garden?

Gardening. We love it. Every little scrap of land we have available is dedicated to some sort of plant life or, considering the chicken coop, animal life. We take delight in discovering the daily changes in the garden and thoroughly enjoy the bounty of the gifts the land and animals provide us.

One evening while enjoying our backyard, Annie grumbled about not having any more space to grow more crops. I suggested that we did actually have some space, if we wanted to repurpose our St. Francis garden.  It is so named because of my discovery of a small St. Francis statue abandoned among the pile of weeds and debris left by the previous home owners. It was painted a garish brown, orange, and yellow and we completely understood the desire to hide it. However, with a little gray paint it became quite a respectable statue, and became the focal point of our garden.

The St. Francis garden is low maintenance, only needing part of a day of trimming and weeding once a year to bring it back to its glory. However, it does not provide us with any food.  Annie reluctantly agreed to convert it to vegetable beds and we made plans – deciding what we would plant and how to repurpose some of the existing plants to other areas of the yard.

St. Francis garden in its glory.

Later we came across a photo of the garden displayed in its entire magnificent, wild flowery splendor. We hesitated, could we really destroy this patch of yard that brings us such joy and contentment? If we kept it in its present state, we would never enjoy the gifts of the garden with varieties of vegetables we anticipated growing. However, it currently presents us with the gift of beauty – providing us with pleasure and respite. And in the end, isn’t that just as worthy?