During the May mayhem at Figaro's, I heard the staff mention "burnout" a few times and I too was feeling overwhelmed, especially with the new flower operation underway and being behind on most of my regular shop responsibilities. We had had an incredibly busy six week period through April and early May (thanks in part to the amazing weather) and we were all pretty exhausted. During these times, it is important to step back and assess why we do what we do, in order to deal with and feel ok about the madness. It allows us to see the bigger picture and know that the effort, hard work and the unflinching service is worth it. The industry brings in over 60% of its annual revenue just in April and May alone and you better have some real motivation to get through it. Here it is...
the cultivation & observation of plants is an amazing learning force
I think we are a successful retail garden shop because as a team, we realize and respect that plants have this amazing ability. They can also help heal and calm our mind; they excite us, and challenge us...all things you'd expect from a good friend. That we can pass on this understanding and passion in assisting others through their garden exploration, drives us forward. It is such a privilege to help find the perfect Japanese Maple for a customer's backyard or select the best blueberry cultivar for their patio garden. This pleasure is so worth the temporary burnout we feel, usually around Mother's Day. I look forward to next year's chaos and the life lessons it (and the plants) will bring :)