It’s finally warming up here in Wyoming! The plants and trees are budding out and growing. We bought our property in July 2011 and there is constant work to beautify and upgrade. It was a blank canvas without any landscaping when we bought it. The previous owners’ idea of landscaping consisted of pouring gravel and rock to the edge of every building. The first couple of years were spent picking up trash and debris and raking gravel away from the buildings. I finally found bare ground! Eventually, I bought a few plants to plant in front of the house. That’s when I entered into a battle with Wyoming winters and 6800 feet elevation.
Thus far, I’ve been fairly successful. The Columbines, Yarrow, Sages, and Wild Rose have all flourished. I even had a mystery plant show up last fall! I’m fairly certain it’s Cinquefoil but I have no idea where it came from! Other plants, such as, the domesticated rose, lavendar, and rosemary have not survived. Other plants have become tasty treats for the local antelope herd. I’ve learned not to count things out too early as some plants are slower to emerge each year.
Last year I completed my spiral garden. That was a challenging project! I’m overjoyed with the plants that have come back and am excited to watch them grow. As my garden has grown more of Nature’s little creatures have come to visit. As I look back at pictures tracking my progression, I am amazed. That amazement and joy has transformed into a reflection of how my landscaping projects could mirror my business.
Melisa Pearce, founder and creator of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method and my mentor has often referred to her business as a crafting project. I have tried to apply that thought process many times over but it just wasn’t a fit. However, if I equate it to my landscaping projects it is a perfect fit!
I began with nothing, a blank canvas. Like my growing season, my coaching sessions with my horses is limited to about half the year. Each year I groom the land, preparing space to hold my sessions and events. I plan workshops and events. Thus far, I’ve not found the right ones that flourish. Some have perished like the domesticated rose. Others are slow growing but keep coming back. I have several ideas in the works for this year and just like finding the right plants for this environment, I need to find the right “feel” or themes for Wyoming. As I reflect on my garden and the plants that have flourished here an awareness that the “wild” ones have done better. Maybe, I’ve been holding on too tight to creating that perfectly cultivated workshop and event? Maybe I should let it be a little wild, thorny and free?
Maybe I need to come from a place of Where the Wild Things Grow and let the ideas flow.