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Gardening is so satisfying

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Grammaretto Thu 11-Apr-19 18:07:23

I intended to do housework today but ended up in the garden. The weather was perfect. I transplanted a couple of potbound shrubs. Pruned some unruly others. Mowed the grass for the first time this year. I had company. Plenty of birds and a deer running through.
I'm tired but happy.

J52 Thu 11-Apr-19 18:32:58

You’re so right! I love gardening and can easily spend the whole day pruning, repotting, weeding and enjoying nature.
I’m surprised at the end of the day when I’m tired, as none of it seems to be hard work at the time.

Thebeeb Thu 11-Apr-19 18:37:46

Me too. Been out this afternoon. Tired but feeling good.

sassenach512 Thu 11-Apr-19 18:38:59

I can just switch off in our garden, there's something about being among growing things, you can feel the stresses of the day just melt away, a bit like walking on a beach.
Spring is my favourite time of year, I love watching the garden transform and new leaves and blossoms appearing.

I get a kick out of re-potting plants into new compost and feeding the roses, shrubs etc. It sounds daft, I know but I say " there you go girls, it's up to you now, do your best " and they always do smile

ffinnochio Thu 11-Apr-19 18:44:08

I couldn’t agree more!
I left a big one in France and now have a tiny one here in the UK. I’ve just found the perfect allotment, but have to wait to see if my request is successful. Wish me luck!

sassenach512 Thu 11-Apr-19 19:02:52

Good luck ffinochio! shamrock
I feel sad for people in new builds these days, gardens tend to be so much smaller now, just a small patch of grass and maybe enough room for a table and chairs. I know people have busy lives and low-maintenance gardens are the norm but it certainly wouldn't suit me.

ffinnochio Thu 11-Apr-19 19:21:27

Thanks sass, and that’s me. New build and tiny garden, but don’t feel sad ... I find it a great challenge as it’s much harder to design a small garden than a large one..... and then there are allotments! 🙂

Grammaretto Thu 11-Apr-19 20:04:37

I pass some lovely looking allotments and always admire them. I hardly ever see anyone working in them so it must be a weekend activity.
I'm not sure I would like one myself unless ofcourse I didn't have a garden.
Isn't there a lot of pressure to keep them perfect?
I hope your application is successful

Whitewavemark2 Thu 11-Apr-19 20:21:50

Gardening is my absolute passion. I spend my time planning and working in my tiny patch.

My latest project is the front. It had outgrown my ability to cope with it, so I’ve had it completely cleared and gravelled. Now I’m transforming it into a Japanese zen garden. I’ve help with the biggest rocks, but am now going to put out more rocks with moss and swirls and waves in the gravel. At the back are rhododendron, azaleas and a Japanese acer. I would dearly love a cherry, but the aspect is wrong.

I absolutely adore gardening.

sylviemc Thu 11-Apr-19 20:28:35

Gardening is my passion and also one of my topics for writing about - how many here are in hardy plant society - brilliant organisation for plantaholics.
I currently have large areas of very damp woodland to cope with - good thing i love ferns, pulmonarias and witch hazels lol - great inspiration for poetry too xxx

merlotgran Thu 11-Apr-19 20:33:45

Gardening is keeping me sane.

jura2 Thu 11-Apr-19 20:39:26

so agree- it was too cold today though, and our friends from Kent came over for lunch (well not from Kent, from over the mountain where they have a holiday flat ;) ) -

thought about you J52 - as I saw the plans for the new massive housing estate near your old home- wow. Wonder what will happen to the large badger sett there!

Washerwoman Fri 12-Apr-19 16:21:38

I spend hours in our garden.It is why we moved here for the South facing garden,which in our previous houses we never had,and access in the last one was down some steep steps.Here I'm in heaven and actually I've just decided to retire at the end of the year because I want to devote more time to it.I was going to work longer due to the delay in my pension,but we've decided if we are careful we can manage.Your only here once !
It makes me sad to see the amount of astro turf and gardens cleared of all plants etc.I know people are busy,but even when our DCs were little and we both worked flat out DH always found time to cut the grass and I kept the shrubs in order. It is stress busting to garden.Well for me anyway.

grannyqueenie Fri 12-Apr-19 16:33:29

I enjoy it too and always at this time of year find myself surprised to discover how much I’ve missed it over the winter period!

I went out in the garden the other day, just pottered about for a bit nothing too taxing. Later I commented to dh that I felt a bit stiff....what do you expect, you were out there for 3 hours says he!

merlot flowers

Anniebach Fri 12-Apr-19 17:11:51

Gardening heals, fact. I am sure if I had not had to give it up because of severe arthritis in my hands I would have less problems now.

Our local MIND has a gardening group, they have an allotment, clear hedges for the N.P. and help some like me who love gardening but are unable to physically do it .

NanTheWiser Fri 12-Apr-19 18:11:48

I do agree merlotgran, it does keep you sane. I have an average-sized garden, and spend most days (when the weather allows - I'm a fair weather gardener) out there, usually weeding! Despite fighting a losing battle with horse tail, and to a lesser extent, bindweed, I love to be close to the soil.
I also have two large greenhouses with a huge collection of cacti and succulents, which take up a fair bit of time, and my strapline is they are "balm to the soul".

Lisagran Fri 12-Apr-19 18:49:04

Another garden lover here - never happier than when pottering outside. Some pics from last year -

Auntieflo Fri 12-Apr-19 18:57:15

Washerwoman, please don’t knock artificial turf. 😊
We had it installed nearly three years ago, in our back garden. It was getting too much for DH and me to keep it mowed, edged and tidy. Our health has plummeted, and it was a good choice for us. We have three trees, that provide food for birds and shade for me. There is still have a border under the kitchen window, and borders around the other three sides. They are as crammed as they can be and, happily, we still get birds visiting. I love my garden and when it’s warm enough I shall be sitting out there again. I was out there a couple of days ago planting some dappled shade lovers.

Gonegirl Fri 12-Apr-19 20:06:04

Your garden sounds fine auntieflo. Really good. Plenty of habitat for wildlife.

Mine is doing amazingly well looking after it's flippin' self.

Gonegirl Fri 12-Apr-19 20:07:14

My garden bench does seem to have magical healing qualities though.

BBbevan Fri 12-Apr-19 20:54:40

We have been in the garden all day today. Plenty of flower beds to be weeded and then strewn with bark chippings. A bit of pond maintenance. Coffee in the warm sunshine. Then a few shrubs to move. Really enjoyed today. Tired now though.

Nana3 Fri 12-Apr-19 22:11:47

I've been weeding out the celendine all week which is very vigorous in my garden and appears year after year. It looks a lot better and I've put a few new plants in and around and have a satisfied feeling now. I'm not a good gardener but I try and find it satisfying.

Gonegirl Fri 12-Apr-19 22:19:54

I have given up trying to fight the good fight against celandines. I love 'em anyway.

janeainsworth Fri 12-Apr-19 22:20:46

That’s beautiful Lisagran.
I love my garden too 💚

Nana3 Fri 12-Apr-19 22:28:09

I just enjoyed them for 3 years gonegirl but they overrun the whole garden now. Do you think it's a losing battle.