|Lurie Garden – Chicago, Illinois|
I never thought much about salvias before I saw them in big drifts in the Lurie Garden in Chicago.
They seemed a bit, oh, I don’t know, ordinary? The dark bluish-purple spikes just seemed to fade into the shade in my garden.
But when I saw the big drifts of them in the Lurie Garden, mixed with the lighter shades of purple Baptisia, in a sea of green punctuated with occasional yellow blooms, I changed my mind.
Now I can’t get enough salvias for my garden.
I have similar stories from other times when I’ve left my garden to go see other gardens, whether those gardens are just around the corner or on the other side of the country. My head spins with new ideas for my own garden.
One might think that leaving my garden to go see other gardens might make me less satisfied with my own garden, but the truth is it has made me happier with my own garden because of what the newly discovered plants and ideas have added to it.
That’s how I came to discover that the fifteenth secret to achieving happiness in your garden is never going to be found in your own garden. It’s “out there”, in another garden, because the secret really is “leave your garden”.
Leave your garden?
Yes, leave your garden. Don’t leave it forever, but leave it for brief periods of time to discover ideas and plants that you can bring back to it, making it better in the long run. And better in the long run means you’ll be happier with it.
Leave your garden, the 15th secret to achieving happiness in your garden.
Go now. Put on your traveling shoes, plop a good hat on your head, grab your walking stick and leave your garden to achieve happiness in it.