I let the lawn go weedy and mossy near the woods that circle my property. It’s messy and untidy. It’s also work. I have to pull White Pine seedlings to keep the trees from encroaching. There are ungainly weeds to keep in check. But, those shady, semi-wild verges are where these plants live:
Pink Lady’s Slippers. They’re an orchid, and propagate with the help of fungus in the soil and bees in the air. The pink ones grace my property in May. They’re pretty, but soon wilt into the weedy edge. An untidy lawn is worth having for these moments of ephemeral beauty. Isn’t that true of one’s life, as well?