Time Out

Late yesterday afternoon as I was watering, it struck me that I never take the time to enjoy my garden. Quite why this came as a surprise I don’t know, because Him Indoors is always telling me so. I guess sometimes you have to work these things out for yourself.

Hosta 'Guardian Angel', London, May 2015

Jaded after a long day of email wrestling, I have come outside with a gin and tonic to just sit, look and listen. The plants are growing so fast I can almost hear the sap gurgling through their veins, rising like an unstoppable tide. The gaps I purchased plants for two weeks ago are already gone, and still the cold frame is full. Above my head a honeysuckle is about to put on a firework display and tulip petals litter the decking. Summer is just around the corner.

Adiantum venustum, London, April 2015

The garden has never looked better and that’s no accident. I’ve worked at it. By and large that’s the first rule of gardening: what you put in, you get out. I feel momentarily gratified, knowing there is so much more to do. Just not today.

Dicksonia antarctica, London, May 2015

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28 thoughts on “Time Out

  1. A beautiful post in many ways.
    I’ve been outside until 9 this evening busy, busy, before heading to London early tomorrow for three days. But it felt good. As you so rightly say, what you put in, you get out, and already this spring has been a complete joy in the garden. I can feel I’m getting increasingly obsessed….

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  2. We’re all guilty of often thinking about our gardens as an endless list of tasks, that if we only do them all everything will be perfect and THEN we’ll be able to enjoy things. I find it helps to have plenty of benches and places to rest and view things (and G&Ts are quite helpful too). 🙂 -Beth

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  3. I am happy you took time to sit and enjoy your garden. Beautiful pictures of your ferns and hostas…very calming in black and white! Cheers : )

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  4. Wonderful how b&w gives a whole new look to the plants we pass each day. Thanks for taking the time to enjoy your garden and sharing it with the rest of us.


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