Around this time of year, an unwanted visitor makes its way into many a gardener’s life.
I’m not talking about weeds or pests, although we certainly have to contend with those.
Rather, I’m referring to garden envy.
It starts out when we’re visiting the gardens of friends or neighbours. At first, we admire their lush plantings and attractive landscaping.
If we’re not careful, however, this appreciation can morph into envy. We think, I wish I had roses as beautiful as hers. Or, if only I had room in my yard for a gazebo like he does.
This envy can then develop into disenchantment with what we have. Why am I stuck with so much shade in my yard? Why can’t we afford an inground pool?
We can even become resentful of our comparatively meagre gardens, when we should be grateful to have a garden at all: many people don’t.
Envy is something we need to nip in the bud, whether it relates to our gardens or our lives.
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