Then there were ornamentals and stone. About it I wrote to my friend Jim yesterday:
Here is our latest completed project. It's been some time since I moved a ton of gravel...by shovel and wheeled barrow. The tree is a hydrangea, the evergreens are a low growing juniper, and the annuals at the far end are mums. There's a slate paver between the flowers that increased my total weight lifting by 50 pounds or so. Then I tuned the irrigation system to treat its new charges properly. All this for a house in which I no longer live and which we will likely sell before we have time to witness any growth.
Jim, a retired Roman Catholic priest in his late 60s who planted a stand of oak seedlings just three years ago, replied:
"What is planting except belief in the future...that is not our own. We are the planters; others will reap what we have sown." - Oscar Romero
I am not worthy of friends as wise as him...but I am grateful.