I am a gardener. There is almost nothing I love more than spending time outside planting seeds from packets that have been carefully selected for size and height, sun and shade, colour and texture.
I choose the plants I grow carefully with their specific characteristics in mind so that the taller plants can grow in the back of the garden and the shorter ones can be in front.
Here are 10 ways you can tend your garden: (And your dreams)
1. Expect Great Things
When I choose my plants, and strategically place them in their respective homes, I do so with the expectation of greatness. When I plant a beautiful 6 foot tall Sunflower, I do not hope that it might be that tall...I expect it. When I plant a big bushy dahlia, I do not hope that it blooms...I expect it to. When I plant a tomato plant, I do not wonder if it will bear fruit...I expect it.
2. Create the Right Conditions for Success
I learn about what I am growing. I know that some plants need to be pinched to bush out. I learn that some types of plant like an acidic soil. I get as much information as I can to ensure that each plant gets what it needs to thrive where it is.
3. Tend your Garden
For the first few weeks, I am diligent to water and fertilize and allow for the transition of each plant into its new environment...
4. Take Stock
Everyday I go out and see what each plant is doing...Is it growing...flowering...thriving?
If not, I adjust the conditions accordingly.
5. Be Flexible
If a particular plant does not seem "happy" where it is...I consider moving it elsewhere. I try something new...maybe taking a plant out of the ground and putting it in a pot...maybe moving another into a little less sun...
6. Watch for Results
Now....the fun begins. Every morning I go out and watch for the evidence of what I have created to come to life.
7. Know there will be Obstacles
This year slugs actually "ATE" all of the sunflowers I planted. They literally nibbled on them until they couldn't survive anymore. But I envisioned Sunflowers in that garden...so I went out and bought more...
I learned about how to circumnavigate that issue and planted again.
8. Visualize The Result You Want
As I go out each day to water, I am witness to the growth of each plant and how they are leaning into one another and collaborating to create a beautiful space within the confines of their environment. But also each day... I marvel at what is yet to come, and it is amazing and exciting to think of how much more beautiful these new friends will be in a month or two...
9. Allow For The Seasons
Not every plant blooms in spring...some flower in the latter part of the summer and some flower in the cooler months...For every plant, there is a season and knowing what to expect from each plant minimizes disappointment and allows for realistic expectation.
10. Get Out Of The Way
You have planted, and watered and fertilized and weeded and pruned and trimmed. Now it is time to let nature takes it course. Roots have set in and each one will do what it naturally knows how to do. LET things take their course and expect great results.
And so it is with our dreams...
So let's keep continuously planting the seeds of our dreams from our heart out into the world...With the right amount of vision and intentional execution, as well as some unplanned course correction and unabashed expectation of the outcome we desire...we just might actually surprise ourselves at the beauty we can create :)