Jenny quoted from a book last year: Inheriting Paradise by Vigen Guroian
Every experienced Christian gardener knows that there is a spiritual spring which comes just as surely as nature's spring. The Lenten spring is God's invitation to prayer, fasting, and penance. Lke the deep-rooted thistle weed, some of our worst habits withstand all but the most persistent, persevering and strenuous exercise. A quick pull on the root, however, will not do the trick,nor will an aggressive chop of the hoe. Patience is needed, and the humble willingness to drop down on one's knees and work carefully with the hand fork and trowel. The Christian gardener patiently picks sin from the soul's soil and culitivates it with care and attention to the tender new growth of faith.
The Christian gardener also respects the fact that God appoints each soul to be "the sort of garden it is to be". "Your job," Evelyn Underhill admonishes, "is strictly confined to making [your soul] as good as it can be of its sort." Some of us will be contemplative in the manner of a rose garden, and others are more earthy and restless, like a potato patch. The Christian gardener respects God's prevenient grace in the synergy of salvation just as she also studies carefully the nature of the plants that grow and gives the appropriate care to each.