Bravo Brave Gardener!

By CoolGardenThings

Courage: a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear(1)

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Come spring as we begin our fearless foray into peoples messy untamed garden jungles; surrounded by piles of menacing dead branches, unsightly beds filled with brown and wilted vegetation, cracked and broken pots, old abandoned sharp tools left to rust lying in a grey and mucky menagerie-
We climb mountains of boulders which can be slippery and precarious, we forage streams of spring run-off and deep pooling water, we have to hack our way through dangerous raspberry patches, and we sometimes get mangled by sharp clawing rose vines. We clear giant tree branches, shovel mountains of mud, and haul piles of debris. It’s hard, back breaking work…and we do it!

We encounter wild animals on land; squirrels, chipmunks, salamanders….the occasional worm. Cougars! Don’t laugh, it’s true…One can never be too careful, I say to myself when fear creeps up my spine on that rare occasion that I find myself no longer in the formal garden but suddenly in the woods…out back…yep, scary stuff.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky! Many a gardener has been attacked from above by angry and venomous wasps. I myself have had to fight and claw off an angry swarm of stinging mud daubers. My only salvation was to dive head long into the swimming pool. “I don’t believe it!”, you say. Well, believe it! It’s a mad jungle out there. And the only thing between you and that beautiful garden is a BRAVE gardener!

And brave is what we are. We are Garden Hero’s, come to save the day! We accept our accolades with a humble sense of “just doing our job, mam, sir!” “All in a days work!” and then we quietly return the job at hand.

1. Definition of courage courtesy of www.google.com/search

Originally posted 2009-02-13 17:47:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  1. Rochelle says:

    I can totally relate…I live in Florida and the hazards are like 10X what you are describing! But I would not give up working in my garden for anything. I have poison ivy right now if you can believe it.

  2. Tim says:

    @Rochelle I had poison ivy several times…it was not fun. It got all over my body from being unaware of it. Gartengrl were you brave before becoming a gardener? Ok, just funning with you. I like your writing. It was fun to read. See you later.

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