A gardener without patience is a liability to a garden. Nature has a way to astound even the most novice of gardeners — and I am that — but it takes time. If we want instant gratification, we will have to pull out the checkbook because it is going to cost. But what is also lost in that act is the satisfaction and pleasure we gain when the sweat of our own effort takes fruit, literally and figuratively. Consider these pictures spanning a year in time.