In my experience if you expect the best from your fellow men more often than not you get it because your trust and faith prime them with that extra steam needed to generate their best performance. I've received a lot of that steam myself, it is very helpful and I truly believe in its value.
Making a garden is somehow like conducting a symphony… different plants come forward at different times and you need to think very carefully about their placement in relation to each other.
Your trees must be tended; if you can afford it, you owe it to them. I don't buy expensive plants; if I am extravagant in any way it is in the care of my garden.
It's very tiring, being so old. But I do love living.