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Into the woods...

Into the welcoming woods we go, Careful and quiet, watchful and slow, With only the birds to sing us along, And only the trees to say we belong, Trusting the path to lead us aright, Praising the sun for giving us light, And when we tally the silence we sought, We’ll have as much as the silence we brought.   Henry's books .   If you would like Drovers Gap blog delivered directly to your email inbox, click here . NOTE TO SUBSCRIBERS: Feedburner has announced they will no longer facilitate new e-mail subscriptions. Although they say current e-mail feeds will function "indefinitely." You may wish to switch your subscription to Follow.it. You can sign up with this link . You may have already received an e-mail invitation from Follow.it to confirm your subscription. 

By definition...


By most popular definitions, my garden wouldn't be a garden. If not for prior human interference, most of the plants here would have already been growing on the site when I arrived. If my little plot qualifies as a garden, it is not by virtue of what is growing here, rather what isn't. Placement distinguishes it from wilderness. A truly wild corner would have more grass.


Except for the three little trees, everything growing here was collected from somewhere else in our yard. That includes the rocks, which don't grow except to become wiser over time. They have stories of their own to tell, but we humans are generally too busy and full of ourselves to listen and learn.

 
A garden like this is, as much as anything, a conversation, between plants and the gardener, between light and weather and seasons. One day, sooner than I expect, the conversation will continue without me. Another voice will answer the wind. Other hands will tend the faithful plants. Or perhaps, one far day, there will be no human presences remaining at all, and the garden will find liberty at last to merge with her mountain.


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