Do you get as excited as I do at the tease of Wood energy emerging around us? When there is a snow melt, brown is the predominant color, however, if you look closely, you will notice that tease of wood energy –little green seedlings just beginning to peek out of the ground. The Feng Shui Five Element Theory follows nature’s cycle, transitioning from the Water Element that represents Winter and moving into the Wood Element of Spring. When spring finally arrives in Minnesota, that Wood energy erupts in full form as our gardens bloom and tree buds burst open!
I love when garden centers begin offering classes about the newest annuals and perennials. Anything that appears to bring Spring a bit closer and reminds me that I will soon feel nurtured by working in the soil is most welcome. Of course, I realize that won’t happen for about two more months, given our Minnesota weather season.
I enjoyed gardening at my previous home, but when I moved into my town home years ago, there was no gardening opportunity. The landscaping consisted of shrubs and rock, requiring no upkeep. After all, isn’t that what town home living is about? But after that first summer I recognized a void in my life; my hands were literally aching to get back into the soil. It was then I became acutely aware that gardening was not just a hobby for me but an intrinsic need.
I knew nothing of Feng Shui in those days, but I intuitively knew I had to create a small garden in an area by my front door. I spent hours hauling out rock, removing shrubs and amending the soil. My new little flower garden was appealing both from my front door and from the road. I learned years later, from a Feng Shui perspective, this was ideal. That garden enhanced my front door and attracted positive chi into my home!
I quickly discovered that one small garden was not enough for me, so I began extending the garden around my town home. I continued laboriously hauling away wheelbarrows full of rock, digging up old shrubs and amending the clay soil. I spent hours planning what and where to plant. It has taken years to develop my garden, and, as all of you gardeners know all too well, it is always a work in progress! With new annuals and perennials being introduced every year, the choices become intoxicating and endless.
My previous home was on an acre, allowing me to have several areas for gardens. I loved impulse garden shopping and experimenting with a variety of perennials and annuals! There was always room for everything I brought home. Those plants that did great in the garden were neighbors to those that didn’t do so well, but it didn’t matter.
My current gardens are too small to be forgiving with plants that don’t thrive and, with ever increasing choices, I have learned to make tough decisions. I’ve become increasingly ruthless! A plant that ceases to delight is quickly removed! I recycle the rejects to my gardening friends who have more gardening space than I do. It’s a significant type of Feng Shui de-cluttering. It also speaks to the Feng Shui principle that reminds us to have in our space that which we have room for and love.
So, as this tease of wood entices us to dream about our garden – big or small, a flower box or balcony pots – remember to be intentional and have only what delights your eye!
“Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre