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Paying attention

Posted: June 17, 2015

I have been spending a lot of time in my garden planting, moving things around and enjoying the silence. It is rare to find spaces to enjoy the leisurely sounds of birds chirping, squirrels chasing each other around and butterflies that seem to be in no hurry. It is a place to get lost in time. I have also discovered that I pay attention when I am in the garden. I notice subtle changes from season to season.

It helps me to get untangled from an endless list of things that I need to get done. In the garden, there are no deadlines or expectations. My recent activity is bringing me new friends… There are four cardinals that have found a home in my yard. I have also seen an albino squirrel. She stands out from the pack. I have also seen four baby squirrels frolicking by the Maple tree.

Our Samoyed, Max would have put the run on the wild life, but after 13 ½ years on post, he is off with friends somewhere else. Animals that never used to spend time in our yard, including lots of bunnies, have free rein.

Gardening is something I have enjoyed for years. This is my fourth garden. I have carried gifts from previous gardens to my current yard. It has evolved over the last 10 years. Last week, I saw a rainbow appear quickly and disappear when the sprinkler was running. Lately I have found myself craving early morning forays into the garden and late night watering adventures. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of the moon.

When a storm is ready to strike, I like to sit outside when the wind is blowing hard. Perhaps the voice of God is carried on it! I am grateful for this unaccounted time. I never get enough of it. When I started years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t really follow any rules. I plant and leave the rest to God. Maybe that is the magic of gardening… most of it is beyond my control!

I encourage you in the midst of your busy days and nights, to carve out some time to garden or spend time enjoying someone else’s garden. The Edina Garden Council leaves a legacy of joy throughout our city every spring! Many of the lovely gardens you see are a result of their labor! I encourage you on one of these lovely evenings to take a stroll through your neighborhood and see what your neighbors have been planting! You will be amazed at what you see if you take the time!

--Maura Schnorbach