It has been super busy here in the Gardenware office. I’m grateful that when it gets hectic, I open the door and take five minutes out in my garden. This is one of the advantages about working from home… When the going gets tough, I like to go out and enjoy the native frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum) tree, which I have discovered is not related to a frangipani at all! We bought this tree as tube stock at a local permaculture festival and planted it years ago. I have only really started to appreciate it this year. The delicate flowers have dropped now, but it provided me with a beautiful distraction from my busy life when the flowers were in bloom.
This is one of the reasons that I enjoy my garden so much. I lose myself in the beautiful distractions for a moment. No matter what is going on, that moment is enough for me to take a breath and keep on keeping on.
The process of gardening also centres me. When I’m planting a seedling, getting my hands dirty in the earth, watering my plants – even pulling out weeds, I feel that calmness that occurs when you are truly in the moment.
I have always appreciated nature. In the last few years, I have taken an active interest in my garden and have begun to notice the little things. A sunflower starting to bloom, a bean seedling emerging from the ground, the smoothness of a bean seed compared to the wrinkliness of a beetroot seed, the way a coriander plant goes to seed and changes colour from a vibrant green to a brittle brown, a bug on a plant leaf (and wondering if this is a good guy or a bad guy). These observations have contributed to me wanting to learn more about the role nature takes in my garden.
It’s also so interesting with the internet these days. I can Google the question, ‘Why do purple beans turn green when cooked?’ and immediately find the answer. (It’s because the pigment (anthocyanins) in the purple beans are sensitive to heat.) I have loads of gardening books as well that I have had on the bookshelf but have been too busy to read. Earlier this year, I set a goal to read 10 pages of a book every night to contribute to my personal learning. When I broke it down like this, I was able to maintain reading the 10 pages on most nights of the week….but I eventually let it slide. It may be a good habit to pick up again as it’s amazing how you remember a snippet of information when you when you are doing an activity related to that snippet!
During this busy time of the year, I will use my garden and continued learning as an escape – It’s so nice to take five minutes out in the garden!
Now over to you: What aspects of your garden do you enjoy? We would love to hear it. Please share in the comments below.