|Lily of the Valley showing their buds!|
There are times when, for our own well-being and peace of mind, we should adopt the Doris Day Approach to Gardening.
“Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see.”
This Doris Day approach doesn’t mean we should do nothing in the garden and let it return to the wild.
It means we should work happily in our gardens, doing what we think is the right thing to do at the right time. And then stop fretting about whether we did the right thing, at the right time, in the right amount.
Whatever will be, will be. There is too much we simply cannot control in the garden to spend one minute worrying about it.
Que sera, sera, as the first snow of the season moves ever closer to my garden. I’ve done what I thought I should do to prepare for winter. Now as winter arrives, I will watch from the window.
Whatever will be, will be. I don’t know if we’ll get one inch of snow or half a foot of snow with this first storm. I just know I will not be running out into the cold to do anything to stop it from falling on my garden.
Que sera, sera, as I look past the pot of budding Lily of the Valley pips out the window to see what’s going on in the garden.
If you find yourself fretting about your garden or realize your garden is causing you to be more stressed than relaxed, consider this Doris Day approach to gardening. Hum the tune, and sing along.
“Que sera, sera, Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see.”
And with my apologies to songwriters Ray Evans and Jay Livingston who wrote “Que Sera, Sera”, consider these lyrics:
When I am out in my garden
I ask the flowers, when will you bloom?
Will you survive winter, will you return?
Here’s what they say to me.
“Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.”
Relax. Enjoy the garden in wintertime, in any time. What will be, will be.