Just as a midwife works in harmony with the seasons of life, the care of plants demands a similar submission to natural forces. So thisafternoon I found myself drawn to my little collection of Bonsai trees. Some of them needed work - trimming the roots and refreshing the potting mix. The job needed to be done before the warm weather comes. Some of the trees - the Japanese Maple and the nectarines - have put out beautiful tender new leaves. Others, such as the Japanese Elm, have no shoots yet.
|Japanese Maple, about 4 years old|
I have become very attached to my collection: the little trees that grow and look happy as long as I keep their tiny patch of soil damp. In summer, they require watering twice a day. This winter I have watered them a couple of times a week, and there has been plenty of rain as well.
I am able to practice patience as I quietly observe the changes over time. It's a valuable midwifery skill.
|The same little Japanese Maple, a year ago|
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