Cultivating Weeds

At some point, during the course of each year, my front garden is beautiful. There is good, healthy soil as foundation; there are bright green shoots of promise and buds of anticipation.

But then, before I know it, everything is grown up and over itself. Small patches of this and that are suddenly one giant patch of something else entirely, and you can’t see where one left off and another got started.

How did this little space of good intentions get so side-tracked and overgrown?

The thing is, there’s a lot of great stuff in the front garden—big ideas, beautiful dreams, and goals ripe for the picking. But if you don’t tend to them, if you don’t give them attention and help the best ones grow — you end up just cultivating weeds.

“He will clean up his threshing floor and gather his grain into the barn, but he will burn the chaff with inextinguishable fire.” — Matthew 3:12

©2012, Jen Payne

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  1. My front garden has exploded with an unexpected visitor, Queen Anne’s lace. One plant last year from points unknown, and many this year to include one 6 footer! But some of my domesticated ones are less than robust. Luckily the pretty weeds are helping fill in during this dry year.

    1. What a coincidence…Queen Anne’s lace. Is she a blessing or bane for you? They are lovely – but wild in a field is certainly different than encroaching on one’s domestics!

  2. Wonderful metaphor(s) here. And so wise —
    Is that a face I spy in the overgrowth? If so, how did it get there? What does it signify?

    And is this a graceful bow to the nursery rhyme, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, how does your garden grow?

    1. Figuratively? My creative life is a little weedy right now.
      Literally? My garden ALWAYS is this time of year.

      In the spring, that sweet stone face calls out to the new growth: Welcome! Welcome!
      By this time of year, it looks at me and says: Shame on you, Mary Mary, for not helping your garden grow.

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