Friday, June 29, 2012

The Accidental Garden

In the fall of 2010 we decided to tear out the old deck and build a new smaller one, the space left over I thought would make a lovely little partly shaded perennial bed.  In the spring of 2012 I planted some iris, a spirea, a couple of day lilies and plunked in my willow chair that is falling apart .

This spring while wondering what else to plant, to my surprise all sorts of lovely flowers began to grow.
Violas, strawberries...
ostrich ferns....

its now filled with lovely plants most of which have come from somewhere and is my favorite place to sit and enjoy.

It reminds me a bit of friendships.  You can invite all sorts of different folk into your life, cultivate their friend ship, agonize over whether they will like you and wonder if they will come back when they leave.  But, sometimes if you just let it be, the most unlikely people will show up.  They will bring you beauty, kindness and great joy - none of which is expected.