So its one of these mornings when the mind is speaking up…It’s been an incredible summer being a Landscape designer during Covid-19.
New Palo Alto clients and longtime clients where it all began for me back in 2008 hiring me to do landscape projects in their gardens.
These past few weeks of my working days, I have been blessed to be visiting and returning to my seasonal update clients gardens to do the Fall/Winter walk thru. This is my twice a year maintaining part for some of my clients. I show up to count spaces for the new annual plants to be switching places with the Spring/Summer flowers.This is a very rewarding aspect of my already satisfying, gratifying, fulfilling landscape designer days!
House by house, some clients know I am coming, as we do schedule an appointment. Others are inside handling home schooling for their children, or working now at home. Or some clients are happy when they see me there for an impromptu hello. This is as sweet as it gets for me day by day, and I am filled with gratitude in an impossible way to articulate in the here and now to be on the sidelines of all to behold.
In 2020 – Garden by garden, there has been this incredible gift to witness the palpable, visible growth during these unprecedented months of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
“Blending the style and design with the practical lifestyle needs of the family is paramount. When working with clients, their needs and desires take center stage.”
All the horrific, horrendous fires. The unprecedented temperatures during our summer heat waves. Covid months of sheltering in place for many others have still shined this incredibly powerful message “beautiful life going on right here.”
These past few Weeks of seeing the end of summer growth in these few clients and my own gardens is the powerful uplifting reminder to keep optimism, perseverance, positive attitude.
The last part is that all this beauty reminds me of resilience.
Life is resilient…
Since the Pandemic began back in March, I’ve felt aware of the reality we are in this Pandemic all together; albeit separated from seeing one another, or if we are outdoors, then for all involved safety is protocol – protection in wearing a mask and embracing we are happier this way in order to be together. The more than 100 mile distance of traveling to other places or even farther has had all of us more or less “grounded.”
Virtual Zoom, phone calls, emailing, snail mailing, chatting with neighbors or strangers has been our new normal – Grounded, staying home for most of the population is also this new normal with whom we know and love.
The words Grounded & Growth keep coming up for me…
We are being grounded. Are we also all now growing in some new ways too? What does this actually entail? Is it Like back when being a teenager being grounded by our parents? Having a consequence for our parents reacting to some “bad behavior?” Not actually because we are way more privy to a lot more privileges than that grounded reality entailed.
Yet, there seems to be lesson in garden by garden witnessing this visible sprouting, blooming, and maturation that is truly beautiful to witness.
Grounded during Covid 19 is not as bad a place to be.
It pushes out the distractions for a period if time and creates opportunity for these new changes. Growth in some of our patterns, right?
There have been many positive changes due to Covid-19.
I send my love, my hugs, and gratitude to you in my life, near or far…