The Tired Gardener

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Healing Through Growing Blog



A Corsage of Runner Beans

There's a difference between learning about recovery and understanding.  Sometimes it takes a set-back to help the penny drop and grasp what being guided by your body really means.

  • Summer clouds
  • Red Kite, courtesy of Thomas Kraft  (ThKraft) / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)
  • Fennel and runner bean flowers

Cocooned

Every journey to recovery has its setbacks, unbearable times of slipping backwards when it's hard to keep faith and hope alive.

Time to Walk

A weekly walk in the woods brings a welcome respite, perspective and calm in a crazy world.

  • St Pankraz, courtesy of Holger Uwe Schmitt through Wikimedia Commons
  • Bubble wrap protection in mid-May

Cold May Gardeners

Gardening folklore is an endless source of fascination. Do you know who the Cold Gardeners are and why they matter in May?

  • Herrenhäuser Allee
  • Image courtesy of Wikicommons at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hannover,_Germany_-_Herrenhausen_G%C3%A4rten_-_panoramio_-_MARELBU.jpg

A Healing Garden

My personal experience of the powerful pain-relieving powers of a beautiful space made sense once I understood the mechanics of chronic pain.

  • Apple blossom

Resilience

In uncertain times a garden can be a source of food security as well as emotional well-being.

  • Sunflower seedlings emerging.
  • Snowdrops, crocuses and hellebores at the foot of my plum tree.
  • Tête-à-tête narcissi

Straining at the Leash

The hardest gardening task in March is to hold back. The hardest part of recovery is to acknowledge that you are not quite there yet, but take heart, both spring and a return to full health are on the horizon.

  • A young male blackbird, sitting on my garden fork, looking for worms.
  • A grey loerie, affectionately known in South Africa as a 'go away bird'.
  • A hoopoe.

Feathered Friends

It's easy to become caught up in destructive moods and thoughts, brought on by past experiences, and to miss the calm and beauty around us now.  Birds have a wonderful way of catching my attention and bringing me out of these dark places into the beauty of the present moment.

  • Espaliered apple, Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland.
  • Lily, Felley Priory Garden, Derbyshire.
  • Irises, Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire.

An Imaginary Garden

In the depths of winter, when the ground is sodden and the wind howls, or when illness keeps you in dark places, there is always the garden of the imagination to explore.

  • Fruit buds on an apple tree.
  • First year apple trees, planted as 'whips'.
  • Beauty of Bath apple tree on dwarfing root-stock.  Pruned into a goblet shape.

A Pruning Meditation

Pruning on a cold January day can be an exercise in mindfulness and a breath of fresh air after the warmth and indulgence of the Christmas holiday.

  • Gladiolus flower.
  • Gladiolus bud.

Blooming in Winter

What is life without the hope that you can flourish despite the hardness of life?


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