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I've had five 12-gallon tubs of bamboo growing outside Rose Cottage for about five years. Originally there were two bamboo plants that I'd planted in the ground elsewhere, then I dug them up and divided the two into five plants when I relocated here.
They're clumping bamboos, not runners, so they'll stay in a rather confined area by growth habit, spreading out from the center gradually. Still, they were never really happy in tubs, although they did have a couple of good growing years here. I'd bought other ornamental grasses in past years that grew in tubs, two of which also seriously needed to be in the ground after a year or two.
I decided to gift these guys to Miranda's Rescue, to plant in the ground on the rescue property. During the past few months while I was waiting for the plants to actually be picked up, I kept going back and forth in my mind about how many of the bamboos to let go of at this point, whether to keep two or three here. Because I'd gotten really attached to these plants. Bamboo holds a place of mythic proportions in my worldview.
On Tuesday, I decided to let them all go, and on Wednesday, seven big tubs of plants were out of here. I imagined I'd miss the bamboos terribly. But I haven't, not at all. I realized that for five years I had been harboring this sense of responsibility to the plants that I subsequently couldn't fulfill. In the end it became far more important for me to make sure the plants have good lives and grow well than to keep them at Rose Cottage for my ego's sake. So a huge weight, that I didn't even realize I'd been carrying, was released.
Freedom is at the other side of letting go. Everything is a metaphor of our lives.
And now my garden contains enough plants, and not too many. Nothing appears to be missing, visually. Things are tidier, more compact. Suits me today.
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