A wise person said that disappointment should motivate us and that’s the way I’m going to approach what I saw yesterday. After I suggested to the owner of the beautiful wildflower lawn that it be left for a few months to at least see what was growing there, it remained uncut for some weeks and I truly believed that she agreed with the idea.
I arrived at the garden yesterday, armed with my camera, looking forward to seeing how the flowers were growing and wondering if there would be any blue butterflies hovering amongst the flowers of the Bird’s foot trefoil or bumblebees tumbling over the Fox and Cubs. I walked through the gap in the wall to see it all, but there were no flowers left, for the wildflower lawn had been closely mown right up to the edges. No flowers, no butterflies and no bees, just an area of flat green where before it had been full of life.
One of the hard lessons in life is that however deeply you care about something yourself, you can’t make other people care. I’ve also learned that if I really want something doing, there’s no point in expecting someone else to do it, I’d better just get on and do it myself and that’s what’s going to happen. I shall let this disappointment motivate me to do what is in my power to do. Our lawn at home doesn’t have much grass in it to start with, being mainly clover, wild Achillea, daisies and moss, but we’ll dig some of it up and sow a variety of low-growing wildflowers to attract more bees and butterflies.
Next we’ll make a new pond – the previous residents put in the current pond, but it’s tiny and gets no shade at all. The new pond will be in semi-shade and will be bigger so it doesn’t dry out as fast.
It will be beautiful and full of colour and it will buzz, flutter, splash and crawl with life. And we will let it be, because we choose to.
‘If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment’
Henry David Thoreau