Every fall, in our garden and our yard, some plants require cutting back. Some are cut back to the ground to protect them from the cold winter that will be approaching soon.
Others are cut back to a smaller size to prepare them for the next spring’s arrival. The last couple of months of this past year we were extremely busy and I did manage to cut back some plants before the winter coldness hit.
In late winter, additional cutting back will take place of those plants, mainly bushes that will soon start to display new growth. They must be trimmed in order to maintain their current size and make room for new growth.
With a new year, come new beginnings, new ideas, new relationships and new changes to our lives. Some changes we make through our New Year’s resolutions and others are waiting in the wings, to appear unexpectedly in our lives. Some changes we plan well into the future and with them may require some cutting back of sorts. Do you know what I mean? Cutting back on the sweets, cutting back on work, cutting back on stress, cutting back on something that needs protecting that needs new growth.
Sometimes for these new changes to come into our lives, we need to cut back, trim, protect, resize and reshape ourselves to protect ourselves from harm of the seasons and to make room for new growth. I see this process in others and I see it in myself. The process takes time; plants are easy to cut back and trim, but to do this within ourselves, not always easy, is it?
The time and effort are worth it. Plants in spring will benefit from the cutting back and the trimming. As the warmth of the season grows so will the plants with abundance as it displays its beauty and healthy new growth as it once again becomes alive. So true can it be for us as well; the time and effort are worth it. The cutting back and the trimming within us brings new beauty and healthy new growth and we once again become alive.
thisoldhouse.com has an article titled ‘How to Prune Small Trees and Shrubs’ that begins with the following –
Don’t Be Afraid to Make the Cut. A few minutes spent pruning is one of the best things you can do for the plants in your yard, but it’s one of the most neglected tasks of homeowning. Why? Because for most of us, it’s a black art. The risks of butchery seem high, and the rewards low. “But pruning isn’t difficult,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. “And what you get in return is thicker foliage, more flowers, and healthier plants.”
I am slowly taking time to do some pruning and in return I look forward to me and my life becoming heathier, ready for new growth and a life full of thick foliage and vibrant flowers.