On leaving soon the second of the small fruit forest gardens I have created I consider this:
” When you are born on a farm, you realize that space is vital, especially when you are sowing something. If you plant two trees side by side, they will smother each other. That which grows needs space. ”
and equally, the following:
” Kahlil Gibran says: ‘But let there be spaces in your togetherness, let the winds of the heavens dance between you.’ Space allows your Otherness to find its own rhythm and contour. ”
Much love and tender care did I put into those gardens. They were, or are in their way, fruitful. I love the way the trees, even in relatively crowded conditions, find their way to the light and nourishment.
” Love is also a force of light and nurture that liberates you to inhabit to the full your own difference. ”
Yet there have been disappointments, losses, or let’s just say, unrealisable potential smothered, by possibly unwise plant selection and planting. That said it all might change if the new owners where to take out the larger non-fruiting trees, Oak and Rowan. I hope they would not, for they have their own very sacred status and are homes to many.
Where will I find a new home, or space for the expression of love and healing that is my gardening? I do not know yet – it will be revealed.
Certainly ‘A little space for the rose breath to fill.’ (W.B. Yeats) is needed, somewhere, for a nearly wild rose.
Quotes from the ‘ Anam Cara’ piece
‘ The Wellspring of Love Within ‘, by John O’Donohue.