When I first moved into my house in Davis, I was happy to find a lemon tree in my backyard. (Well actually it’s more like my side yard.) Despite my complete neglect the tree never fails to provide a ton of lemons every winter (and for some reason this year it started producing some mutant sumo lemons. They’re huge– bigger than grapefruits or pomelos even.) There’s more lemons than I know what to do with, so if you want lemons, just let me know.
When I moved into the house my dad planted this mandarin tree. During the past few years it’s been starting to produce some good fruit too. The mandarins it produces are tasty, but there’s too many seeds, so I’m kinda lazy to eat them.
Since citrus trees seem to grow so well at my house, I decided to plant a few in my front yard this past year. I wanted fruits that were not as common in stores, so I ended up buying a thai lime tree and a mandarinquat tree. The mandarinquat tree in the foreground seems to be doing pretty well– it has some fruit on it already. The lime tree in the far barrel is not doing as well, it will probably be another year or two before it starts producing limes.
In my front yard there’s also a few rose shrubs. Despite my complete and utter neglect, there’s some nice roses on it every year. When I see them sprout up every year, it reminds me of my favorite passage in the bible. It’s been my favorite passage almost since the day I became a believer, but when I became a homeowner with a garden it took on a new meaning.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:28-34
When I see the fruits and flowers in my garden that thrive with the minimal to non existent care I give them it reminds me of this verse, and that I don’t constantly need to worry about the little things in life.