Some gardeners will
Their flowers place
According to their measure
Tall ones in back
Short ones in front
‘Tis best for viewing pleasure
I wish I could
Claim this is what
Takes place in my own garden
But that would be
A lie from me
I’d have to beg your pardon
It started out
In this way, yes
All was in perfect order
But I forgot
To see what’s what
And Nature changed the border
So now the tall ones
Bloom in front
While short ones hide behind them
And if I want
To see most flow’rs
I have to go and find them.
Dedicated to all who think they can perfectly control a garden. And to those who know better.
Cynthia Reyes Copyright August 2014
45 thoughts on “Nature, The Boss Lady”
I loved this! I was lamenting to myself while out in my own yard today. I was thinking about the plans I had years ago, and how the yard has a mind of its own. 🙂
Well said, Theresa: it has a mind of its own. Gotta respect that!
Yes, I love the dedication. There is so much we can’t quite control in the garden. It’s all a gift, really.
Ah! I like that thought — and agree: it’s all a gift.
This is a delight, Cynthia, and how true it is!
A beautiful dedication, Cynthia! Gardens are like children. We gardeners may plant the seeds and tend the starts, but we can only shape them so much as they grow. Eventually their own personalities take over and we are surprised one day at what they have chosen to do. Mother Nature is forever whispering words of insurrection in their ears.
Your boss does good work. XD
Haha! Nature is certainly the boss. I can totally relate. But it’s still a very pretty garden. 🙂
Ah, you got seduced by the wild disorder!
Indeed, I did. 🙂
Oh yes how well I know this and I love the title of your post!
Thanks, Cindy. Glad you are acquainted with this state of things.
Lovely pictures and giggle worthy poem, Cynthia. Sounds like my garden–hide n’ seek. 🙂
Blessings ~ Wendy
I like that term “giggle worthy”!
This really made me smile! How true Cynthia:)
Glad it made you smile! Me too.
Ha! Love this! Nature does her own thing plus I tend to buy random plants at garage sales and plunk them down wherever there’s an open patch of earth! Total randomness!
There’s a certain freedom expressed in what you wrote. I love it.
😀 Aye, my garden is the boss of me too!
Well, the good thing is that you know it!
Oh this is great Cynthia and how true. But what a good thing that nature does its own thing. I loathe gardens that are too controlled. And sometimes the plant combinations turn out to be perfect and people think how clever and artistic you are. I always say thank you and smile modestly.
I think your garden is just perfect, Cynthia.
Thanks, Jill. I kinda have to watch from a distance, so I’ll start thinking of it that way!
I can relate!
So true Cynthia, had to laugh at your last line too. Your garden looks gorgeous by the way. 🙂
Certainly I can’t control mine!
The first step towards being wise in the garden… Thanks for checking in, Helen.
You’re welcome, Cynthia.
Lovely garden shorts. I’m not a gardner but your post reminds me of life. You can plant with this best design in mind but the outcome may not be exactly as expected.
How wise, Bernadette. Thank you.
I know better so I just let them have their way. Nature knows far more than I ever will anyway.
I like your garden just the way it is.
Yup. Nature knows far more than we do, that’s for sure.
I love this poem! I am a sporadic gardener (though I’d love to be out there all day every day) and while my back is turned all sorts of changes are made. Nature makes some very interesting colour combinations! Your garden looks beautiful!
Thanks, Clare. I smiled at the the thought, as you expressed, of Nature changing things around the moment your back is turned.
Ha ha .. .beautiful! And so easy to do 😀
Et oui, on ne contrôle pas grand chose dans la vie, et c’est sans doute très bien comme ça. La liberté est bien ce qu’il y a de plus beau 🙂
Story of my life in my wildflower garden. Sometimes I forget what’s buried behind the tall fast spreading flowers and have to go on a search and rescue mission!
I hear you, sister.
So true, Cynthia. I’ve learned I will never have an orderly, planned garden. No matter how much I weed, things still grow where they wish. This year, I have resolved to simply let them be…
Haha, ‘nature changed the border’ and that’s what’s so wonderful about nature and a garden!
I guess that’s why a gardener’s work is never done because we keep trying to keep order in our gardening beds. 🙂
And we never quite succeed!