“Things are created twice”, Stephen Covey wrote in his Seven Habits of the Highly Effective Person. We must first create them mentally before we can create them physically.
This is the time of year I create my garden the first time. Whenever I get a chance, I begin strolling through the yard thinking about what I want to grow where. I hunt for more grass to dig up in order to make space for new beds, ponder changing the shape of old beds, consider if there are plants I want to move or remove, contemplate my choices in flowers, vegetables, vines, trees, and shrubs, and begin planning how I will keep the deer out.
Garden catalogs tend to make up the bulk of my reading these days. I diligently read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, taking delight in the wonderful freedom of ideas before the hard choices of what to actually plant have to be made.
I thoroughly enjoy this phase of gardening, and find it both relaxing and restorative. Of course I can’t wait to actually start digging in the earth, but digging around in my mind in this first act of creation is actually a lot of fun too.