I was recently describing myself to a new acquaintance as a slow starter who picks up speed in the middle and then finishes strong.
If only the starting gesture didn’t have months and months or years and years of a pre-thinking, getting-ready time.
Several birthdays or Mother’s Days ago, my mother gave me a wall garden planter from a potter that, by now, may not longer exist. (I can’t find it on the Web.) It sat on a garage shelf, in a box on which I had marked “Wall Garden,” since that day, yet with very good intentions. A few weeks ago, I took it off that shelf and moved it to the on-deck position: on a small bench near a bucket of hand tools near the garage door.
Today was the day. I bought the plants, soaked the moss, and pressed the plants into the soil in the dish. Watered, it’s horizontal and in a sunny spot, settling into the planter before I hang it up. The recommended time is two weeks. I’ve already identified the spot.
Is there a lesson? For me: don’t over-think the small, low stakes projects. For you, if you know me: be patient; I do appreciate your gifts, and I will implement them all (and mine, too!) in good time.
Plant list: Sempervivum ‘Red Rubin’ (hens & chicks), Sedum hispanicum (stone crop), Sedum spurium ‘Fuldaglut’ (stone crop), and Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (stone crop) — all from Allandale Farm
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We should do no good action before its time. Why rush things?
Today I completed (rather, a professional completed) a task about which I’d received a letter in 2009! I saved that letter and found it from time to time and now it is DONE.
Good feeling. That will be mine when I replace an old toilet in our first-floor powder room. I’ve been meaning to for almost 10 years. I think I’m ready to tackle it.