This giant shrub can barely hold up its branches under the weight of the ginormous flowers that are its lot to bear.
Just look at it, this Snowball Bush, Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’. Look at those lower branches especially, how they bend down under the weight of the heavy, wet flowers.
And these flowers have no purpose other than to be pretty for a few weeks in the spring. They have no scent and don’t even produce seed.
Do you ever feel like this Snowball Bush, that you can hardly bear the weight of all the work you have to do in the garden, all the planting and weeding and pruning and mulching and mowing and deadheading that you have to do each spring?
If you do, I have good news for you. These branches never break under the weight of the flowers. Once the flowers fade, the branches return to normal and you would never know they bore such weight for a few weeks in the spring.
You’ll do the same once this initial spring rush is past, whether or not everything gets done in the garden. You’ll return to normal, too, and be no worse off for all the work you did.
But unlike these flowers which have nothing to show for all their efforts once they have bloomed, you will have something to show for your efforts… a beautiful garden.
So relax and enjoy the spring work in the garden. Remember, all winter we have been dreaming of these days of spring, when we can garden outside again.
All winter, we have been dreaming of flowers like these.
This spring, our dreams come true.