The Tired Gardener

Healing Through Growing

Healing Through Growing Blog



Time to Walk

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

  • 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.

  • Snow in February, Leicestershire.
  • Snowdrops.
  • Late afternoon snow, Leicestershire.

Cold!

Being cold and exhausted is a common part of fibro/CFS/ME.  Don’t accept and learn to cope,  learn why you’re cold and how to deal with it.

  • 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?

  • A frosted leaf.
  • A frosted verge.
  • Winter in our local country park with mallards and a cygnet.

Light in the Darkness

It's hard to keep positive in November, but there are small joys to be found in the dreariest of months.

  • Buckler-leaved sorrel.
  • Transplanted supermarket 'living salad'.
  • Sorrel Schavel (from Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library), parsley and red-veined sorrel.  All planted in my daughter's old converted sand pit.

Salad Leaves

A tasty green salad every day is possible, without filling your fridge with bags of wilted supermarket leaves.

  • Watercress salad with home-grown globe-artichoke and carrots.
  • Red, purple and yellow tomatoes of all shapes and sizes with home-grown basil.
  • Different coloured lettuces transplanted into containers from a single, supermarket 'living salad' pot.

Growing and Eating a Rainbow

Eating well should never be a chore.  Growing your own food can transform a dull 5 a day meal into a delicious as well as a nutritious and satisfying experience.


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