May was a most amazing month for us in the Pacific Northwest. It has been many years since we have had such a great month of May for gardening. My wife and I had a weekend plan that included visiting our local fine garden centers and coming home with exciting new plants to beautify our patio and garden. Sometimes our plans don’t come together just as we’d like, and instead I found myself hunting for some specific plumbing parts without access to my trusty old local plumbing store and all their years of experience and advice this particular holiday weekend.
I was spending far too many hours going from one home improvement or hardware store to another looking for my specific parts. While I was there though, I just had to cruise through the garden section of these large box stores. The great thing is that plants were everywhere! The home improvement centers, the hardware stores, the grocery store and even the gas station all had plants for sale taking advantage of the magnificent spring weather.
My last stop to find my elusive parts was within sight of one of my favorite fine garden centers. Fortunately I found my plumbing parts so I could get this project finished; only after I made my way over to the garden center to see what was new!
Venturing inside I was immediately hit with the vision of all those beautiful plants. My head began to spin just a little in my enthusiasm and I took pause in the shade to wipe the newly formed beads of sweat from my brow. As I was taking in the glory of all those plants, my mind began to play out the story I would tell my wife about how the pickup bed was full of plants and just two small plumbing parts when I arrived home. What snapped me out of my imaginary scenario was the sound of laughter.
One thing missing from all those other places that sold plants was the children. Here children were everywhere. Full of life and excitement as they assisted moms and dads in the selection of plants, their laughter and squeals of excitement filled the place. There is just nothing that compares to the sounds of children having fun, and this place was FUN. One girl was running around with a cell phone making a video of the plants all while giving her best News Channel commentary – it was quite cute.
I love to see plants sold everywhere, but for me, I want the comradery and purpose of my fellow gardeners at the garden center. It is that experience, where both the novices and old-timers buy from the knowledgeable garden center folks while surrounded by the sounds from the jungle of life, both young and old, that give me great joy – even when there are still plumbing repairs to be done.