Lessons From The Dirt
Most of the year, if you were to wander my garden, you’d see grape vines with big leaves and bunches of Zinfandel grapes, Hibiscus, Plumeria, Roses, Jade, Ficus Trees and other tropical beauties. Then, you’d come across my pot of dirt. You’d naturally assume something was about to be planted or recently died and needed replacing. Ah but you’d be fooled my friend, for beneath that soil, which I care for all year, lies a mostly dormant, annual visitor to my garden.
When we finally bought our home in San Diego, after renting initially when we relocated here in 2003, I was finally able to return to one of my passions- gardening.
One day while visiting our world famous Carlsbad Flower Fields, I bought the seeds to those flowers and planted them, unbeknownst to her. See, they are my bride's favorite flower (and they are very pricey in florist shops), so I wanted to be able to give her up to a dozen per year without the fee. She used to ask me, why do you keep that pot of dirt out there? I told her it was where I kept all the worms for our garden. The following year, in July, and every year since, we get this explosion of pinks & fuchsias from these gorgeous summer visitors. They only come once per year and they bloom for maybe, up to 2 weeks if we’re lucky, then they’re gone for another year. They are The Stargazer Lily.
That may seem like a lot of fuss and waiting for such a short blooming season, but when we see the Stargazers in full bloom in our yard, outside our kitchen window, well-it even makes doing the dishes a pleasure. Raising Stargazers also served me as a reminder for my business:
Not everything we do in our day to day to work days to generate leads, serve our clients, work our escrow and practice our personal disciplines of success are sexy. We have days of few results in fact. Yet, if we were to stop doing what it is we do to grow our businesses, close deals and create advocates, we’d go out of business. If I didn’t water, fertilize, pull weeds and fend off the garden pests that like to eat the flower stalks, I’d never be blessed with the blooms, eg. the reward.
It takes being faithful to the little, to be given a lot.
30 weeks per year I care for a pot of dirt. 15 weeks per year I care for green, leafy stalks. 5 weeks per year I care for green, leafy stalks with bulbs. 2 weeks per year, we get these beauties...
First bloom of 2016