Have you heard about Wabi-Sabi? What is it you ask? A new dance move, or is it a song? Nope, Wabi-Sabi is an ancient Japanese practice that appreciates imperfections in life and the ability to age gracefully. I am fully on board with this – how about you?
So, how does Wabi-Sabi relate to gardening? As per “Garden Media Group”, Wabi-Sabi gardens imitate nature in a way that allows you to relax and appreciate their humble and imperfect forms – yes, even the weeds. I am so into this! I’m not sure about the weeds, but then again, I use Goldenrod and Queen Ann’s Lace in my flower bouquets.
Then there are dandelions! I have a recipe for dandelion wine that my dear Uncle John passed on to me years ago. I’m gonna have to dig that out!
As a flower farmer, I am always experimenting with new flowers. I plant a lot by seed. Check out my lovely stand of pigweed I grew last year!
My only guess is, I thinned out the real flower and left the weeds. They grew so nicely in a row! The hubs kept telling me it was a weed. I, of course, didn’t believe him – BAHHAAAA! I’m sure it will happen again, but this time I will embrace the practice of Wabi-Sabi! Maybe I can use the weeds in bouquets!
I love to pick flowers. Many times, the flowers that I pick are not always perfect. I love them anyhow. I will pick them and use them even if they do lean a little this way or a little that way. I love using the center disk of a flower in an arrangement after all the petals fall off. There is something in their imperfection that I love and is unique.
I have watched others while they are cutting flowers and they do the same. Just because the flower is a little wonky, doesn’t mean it won’t fit in. That imperfect flower always fills a spot where something is missing. Wabi-Sabi was meant for me, how about you??
I love this quote:
“The garden is a natural place to embrace Wabi-Sabi – the art of imperfect beauty, and practice the delicate balance between nature and nurture.”
Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, PhD.
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