Monday, April 29, 2013

Lesson Learned

I try to be sure that my gardens have year-round interest and look good at any time of year, but the middle of spring should be a peak time for showing the gardens. I feel they are looking less-than-stellar this year due to growing shade trees blocking sun loving plants that are waiting to be relocated, plants that have been relocated in shock - trying to become established, a very large, dying oleander screen needing to be taken out and replaced, and my time being focused on other projects. 

We had committed to host an event last weekend that we had hosted a few years ago for the Pacific Symphony. It was a late afternoon cocktail party with music. The last time we hosted this event, the garden was at an all time high due to being on a number of garden tours that year and it being my main focus. I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive that people might be disappointed this year due to a lack of color, roses not blooming yet, some bare spots, etc..

People could not have been kinder and I received so many wonderful words about how beautiful the gardens were. I was so humbled and appreciative for the lovely comments that I made a promise to myself to focus only on the beauty in my gardens and not spots in need of attention. Sometimes I miss the best parts of life just because I am so worried about could/should be. Lesson learned!


Angelika said...

Was für ein zauberhafter Garten und herliche Fotos.

Liebe Grüße

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Your gardens are beautiful! We are always our own worst critics seeing only the flaws. We are not seeing and counting our blessings.

I'm glad you had such positive, encouraging comments from visitors to your recent gathering.

Have a lovely week ~ FlowerLady

Sheila said...

Lorraine (thank you for the kind words!

NellJean said...

It all looks stunning to me.

Flower Lady is right about being our own worst critics. It's so hard not to answer a compliment with, "Oh, but did you see this bit of ugly right here?" that they might not have noticed otherwise. You look for the worst; visitors are looking at Pretty.

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy said...

Bowled over by your garden. How could anyone be other than complementary?