That would be a good name for a gardening blog, because that's half of the gardener's game. This time of year is all about investing in next year, and I'm impatient for the payoff on my investment. So I'm practicing patience right now.
Is the requirement for patience a reason has gardening has entered decline in this age of instant gratification? People make a terrible mistake when they fail to ascertain the rewards of practicing patience. Have you seen that in your life, or in the lives of people around you? I have.
Life still rewards patience, but sometimes it can be hard to see that.
That's what I was thinking about this morning while I pricked out and potted up a flat of Gilia tricolor (Bird's Eye).
I felt the biggest problem in my 2007 garden was insufficient flowers. I want 2008 to be different, so I'm planting a succession of western wildflowers: Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes), Layia platyglossa (Tidy Tips), Platystemon californica (Cream Cups), Limnanthes douglassii (Meadowfoam), Lupinus nanus (Sky Lupine), Phacelia tanecetifolia (Fernleaf Tansy), Clarkia bottae (Farewell-To-Spring)...
I'm starting them all in flats because I've had poor results previously from direct sowing. It seemed like a good idea at the time... after all, wildflowers direct sow themselves in nature. But no garden is entirely "natural". Besides that, natural conditions vary from year-to-year, and you can see that in the annual wildflower show.
Like any other investor, a gardener's strategy depends on both faith and reason. I have faith this is going to work out right, but I can't know that. I have reason to believe it, so I'm not exactly flying blind. But by definition, when you run on faith, you're running blind. You have no reason to believe--you just do.
But I don't think most people operate entirely on faith or entirely on reason, so it's funny that there isn't a single word in the English language for "a mixture of faith and reason". Instead, we have these two separate ideas side-by-side, and often at odds. (I'm not sure if that's really true or if it just seems that way.)
Anyway, it's interesting where the mind wanders when you're gardening. Which is a perfectly fine reason to garden in the first place.