Today was one of those days when I realised how important my garden is to me. I bundled up, since our temperatures plummeted yesterday, and sat out in the garden to think. Looking out on all the new growth, I marvelled at the tranquil quality of my garden. It struck me then that I can deal with whatever life throws my way.
Through life’s high moments and low points, my garden continues growing and thriving. It brings me solace, it cheers me when I am most in need of it and gives me the strength and courage to see things through.
When I first began to garden, I did so out of a desire to grow my own herbs and vegetables. I had no idea how much I would grow to love it. Gradually I started growing shrubs and perennials and much to my delight, my garden thrived … it also began taking over the lawn.
When I had to go on sick leave because of ankylosing spondylitis, and then was medically retired, my garden became essential to my healing, especially that of my soul. Through pain and stiffness, there was always something I could do in the garden, even if it was just sitting and reading. I still have trouble dealing with how much of my identity was caught up with my work – as a lawyer. It consumed so much of my time and when it was no longer, I felt its loss deeply. There are times now when I wish I could lose myself in my work – but then, I can turn to the garden, play in the dirt and emerge remembering what really matters in life. In some ways, I am thankful that I did not continue on that road of giving my work so much of me.
When I moved here in 2001, after my marriage had ended, I started a new garden. Even though I live in a harsh, unrelenting climate, I have had the satisfaction of creating something that brings much joy to me and to those around me. And eventually, I have learned to open my heart again. We do the best we can and that is all we can expect from ourselves. There are always lessons to be learned, new plants to be grown and stars to be wished upon.
Yesterday I took some pictures when the sun was shining. The Primula (top picture), is about to bloom in a lovely magenta colour and the Veronica whitleyi (at right) is in full bloom.It is such a deep blue and looks spectacular spreading over the rocks underneath it. I will take more pictures when the weather warms. It is such fun sharing my garden in my blog and enjoying other peoples’ gardens as well … thank you all!