It is the season of Lent and most known for fasting and abstinence. In the past my fulfilling what I’ve given up for this period of time has been something I’ve not achieved, and it has been the same with my attempts at keeping New Years’ Resolutions (and this one of the reasons why I no longer make them which does not mean I lack habits to break or behavior that needs changing).
In terms of New Years’ Resolutions, I try to resolve to do something positive such as be more helpful at the place where I do volunteer work, rather than promise to no longer do something such as swearing or eating the “wrong” foods.
In terms of abstinence and Lent, I’ve found that a mere few hours after I have ashes on my forehead with a resolve to give up a certain food, a particular drink, or modify my behavior, I’m back to my often miserable self.
But abstinence and fasting are not the only “activities” one “can” adhere to as he/she remembers that “we are dust and dust we will return … ,” for Lent is also a time of preparation.
And it is the fact that Lent is the season of preparation which prompted some new figurines to visit my succulent garden once the Valentine’s Day ones had left for the year!
“Normally” during the forty days of Lent, I do not have whimsical figurines in my indoor succulent garden, even though I’ve felt that their presence has caused my succulents to thrive as I described in one of my guest blog posts for My Square Foot Garden.
The reason for having no figurines or extra decor in my succulent garden during this time has been my quasi-adherence to the “somber side” of Lent, a side I do respect, but a side I’ve re-evalated this year as Lent is also the Season of Preparation.
This year I decided to have my indoor succulent garden reflect the message of preparation by “allowing” “guests” to visit it who bring this message and these “folks” may be seen in the images accompanying this text.
The first image shows my “flower-girl” with her tools for preparing and nurturing a garden. As we all know, the calendar day for the first day of spring is less than one month from now; and while one may not be able to go outside into the garden to do actual gardening, one can, and probably should, prepare for the task which will eventually come. In the case of my urban (NYC) “terrace” garden, preparing the garden for winter and then getting it ready for spring have been done with great care, and I invite you to refer to my method of madness by clicking here.
The second image here is of a grand dame Lady Bug, and she represents the role ladybugs play in a garden, although I did not have many real-life ladybugs in my garden, but there’s always another season to prepare for!
The third image in this series is not particularly garden related; rather, it’s related to another outdoor activity, kite-flying, which is an activity associated with the month of March, a month that will be here in six days counting today (so prepare your kite and get it ready to fly)!
The fourth image in this series shows a bee figurine who somewhat resembles a New York City doorman, but in any event, bees are insects that know all about preparation! In bygone years in my garden, I certainly was delighted to see them in the throes of their prep work as evidenced by the number of “stories” that I wrote about them here on tumblr; as well as on Blogger; and I even featured them in one of my Virtual Stories (garden themed movies) on Vimeo which may be viewed by clicking here.
The fifth image reminds me that, whilst April Showers might bring May flowers, we have to get through the last five days of February and then thirty-one days in the month of March! Nonetheless, this fact did not prevent a new visitor (pictured here and featured on TLLG’s Facebook Page as well as a Pinterest Board) from coming to my succulent garden! The “things” which I grow here and I were especially delighted to see her clad in her yellow slicker and red rain boots! Her “attire” is truly a form of preparation!
The sixth and final image of this series features a flower-girl ready to plant bulbs! Bulbs are something I have never planted in the spring, but with the help of Juan V, bulbs for tulips, crocuses and daffodils were planted in late November as well as early December of bygone years.
It is my hope that my visiting figurines will remind me of the value in preparation re my mundane activities as well as for the big picture of life!