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OK not the actual job of deadheading, but the results.  I start with a plant that just looks sad.  Maybe it's just me, but I always seem to focus on the dead stuff.  I trim all the dead stuff off and suddenly I can focus on the beautiful flowers.  It truly is an amazing transformation.  Maybe it wouldn't be if I could keep up with it, but I have so many flowers it would be a full time job. I feel quite accomplished when I get one of my flower gardens weeded and deadheaded.  I don't feel quite so guilty when I walk by one that is crying for my help.

This spring my son was upset when I put another veggie garden in, and I asked him why?  He said he is afraid I'm over extending myself, creating to much work for myself.  I tried to explain to him that with the 3 veggie gardens, fruit trees, flower gardens and general maintenance of the yard, well it is more then I can do by myself.  So there will always be weeds, and nothing is ever going to look like I see in my head, like you might see in a magazine, BUT I love it.  It's hard work especially in the summer heat, but even when I'm sweating and a bit overwhelmed I love it.  I always feel better in my soul when I have been in one of my gardens.  Oh I may be tired, dirty, sore, and have tons of mosquito bites, I love it.  Doing it makes me a happier person, and I have the bonus of fruit, veggies, and flowers.  I don't know if he really understood, but I hope someday he will experience it and then maybe he will understand.
 
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I love the results, too. So satisfying. And then they usually grow better, too.
 
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