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Monday, May 16, 2011

Asking the Obvious

Growing up, I learned a very valuable lesson from my mother - “If you don’t ask, you’ll never find out the answer.” That’s my excuse for an endless list of open-ended why, what and ‘if this happens’ types of questions. But many of us stay shy about asking what we assume as obvious to the experts. Our inquisitiveness gets squelched by prefacing the thought with ‘I know this may sound like a silly question but...” So just for starters, there are no silly questions when you land on this gardening blog and the only way to possibly answer any of the garden/design issues you may possibly ponder is simple – ask (post) the question. (Easy instructions below.)

With that said, there is always a bit of catch up for me after being away from writing this blog, even if just for a few days. The mind is a tad cluttered with loose ends so maybe you aren’t up for one of these abstract lesson plans on a rainy Monday morning. Ugggh! But whatever hobby, interest or profession, this message is a valuable one. “If you don’t ask, you’ll never find out the answer.” If you like to dabble with plants and growies, don’t overlook this important emergency broadcast for success in your gardening endeavors. Remember, you are dealing with living things and something is always changing, including the weather!

Okay. So, ‘the cat still got your tongue?’ Can’t quite get your gumption up to ask the obvious? You usually find interesting tidbits by first, venturing off the beaten path and then, when the opportunity arises, (and it usually does) asking those questions that pop into your head. There is always some fascinating proprietor or shop owner within this remarkable industry that spends hours on his or her particular labor of love. When someone else shows a spark of excitement in the why and what of their wears, gushes of information and a hands-on education about the product(s) is typical. If you don’t get that sense of passion from the place or person, that’s a clear signal to keep looking and find someone else who embraces that sense of ardor. It’s their loss, not yours so just move onward and upwards with that inquisitiveness and sense of wonder. Don’t lose it.

And for all of us that may think knowing all the right answers is the only game in life, think again. John A. Simone Sr. sums it up best on this rainy Monday morning. “The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.” So don’t be afraid to ask. No excuses. We’re in the heart of spring so fire away with those gardening questions. P.S. Just no birds and bees questions. Annie

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