The Zen of Gardening

Spring has sprung, and there is a backlog of years work to do. All the better for me, thou… There is nothing that is so cathartic as gardening.

Maybe it’s because I’m a desk jockey by trade, but I love working with my hands. You see the results of your labours, and there is so much pride in a garden, and growing your own food. Plus, you get to share the result of your toils with others… To sit outside, to eat a home grown supper. Pretty heady stuff.

I’ve been trying, as part of my restorative process, to get our into the garden each day. Which means I only get out there once every day or two! But those days that I do… The whole day is better. I feel so much more calm, relaxed, and well. Amazing, the power of nature. It is a heady drug.

Some pictures of my garden this week:

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My cage to protect the lavender bushes against marauding dogs. Quite proud of how cute it looks! Now let’s see if it works!

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The collard greens in the garden are going nuts. I’ve trimmed them right back and we’ve had them twice for supper already. Anyone know if I should just keep them as a perennial?
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Lilly of the valleys growing like crazy “on my garden walk.” Remember that old song? They are so lovely smelling, but only last a short time. They’ll be past by the time I get back form Ethiopia, so I’m hoping for some sun to make them bloom soon.

20130411-200308.jpgThe only tulips out yet.

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lots of cleaning up to do with all these perennials, even if there isn’t much planting or weeding.

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