January 5th, 2011
All of a sudden the holidays are over and a new year has begun! I would love to be able to say that my gardening jobs are all done and my garden was looking trim and tidy and well mulched, but, sadly this is not the case. There is still much to do and weeds just about everywhere.
But, on the other hand, over the past 12 months, my garden has taught me many, many lessons and given me a great deal of pleasure. Gardening is one of our oldest and most rewarding hobbies. It knows no age or social barrier, with the humblest little cottage garden being as richly rewarding to its owner as that of the grandest mansion.
To me, one of the great bonuses of gardening is that with care and attention a garden grows and improves with every passing year, whereas no matter how good a housekeeper you might be, which I certainly am not, a house slowly deteriorates over the same period with wear and tear. A garden is a living thing and must be treated as such. If it is mulched and watered regularly it responds so very rewardingly. Even a few weeks later you can still see where you have been working, unlike inside the house, where whatever you have been doing, sweeping, dusting etc it all needs to be done again almost the next day! So, with this in mind, I will stop cleaning the bathroom, and head out the door where the birds are calling and there is a gentle breeze. My garden awaits…