I’ve written earlier that a garden is for turning your attention to outside of yourself and your four walls. You can find that here
Here are my latest thoughts interspersed with recent photos of the garden.
A garden is for thinking about when you don’t want to think about other things; big world politics other things or worrying personal other things.
Any outdoor space is a comforting ever-present distraction where planning and daydreaming can be done every day of the year to take your mind off reality. As a distraction from the real world it’s safer than booze or hard drugs although not cheaper.
Just being outside is engrossing and absorbing. Then when it’s cold, wet or dark we can read gardening books, gardening blogs, catalogues and magazines and daydream about plans for the next season.
The secret is not to turn having a garden into yet another list of jobs and tasks to make you feel guilty you’re not doing them. With less energy than I had 30 years ago I am happy with what I can do and I don’t beat myself up about what I’m not doing. I shudder at the phrase “jobs for the weekend”. I wince on hearing “what to do in the garden now”.
So for a short respite I’m just popping out into the garden to aimlessly wander about and this about maybe cleaning out the birdbath sometime soon……………
For great garden ideas from the latest shows do go to Alexandra’s blog at middlesizedgarden.com