Happy Easter

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As I said back at Christmas I am not a religious being and so I don’t celebrate Easter.  However, I enjoy the long Easter weekend as it is an opportunity to spend time with my sons and mother.  Having four days is a luxury, you can embark on a proper project, you can take time doing something rather than trying to fit it into a weekend, you can sit and stop and just listen.  2015_04030016

I keep a garden diary although the entries tend to be sporadic.  I was reading back through it last night and it was very interesting to see that I was saying some of the same things back in 2012 as I am today such as I want to spend more time focussing on gardening well.  It also recorded my decision to give up the allotment, a decision I have never regretted and my initial enthusiasm for alpines and showing and then my gradual loss of interest.  There are plans I have carried out such as the new seating area and others that never moved beyond a whimsy in my diary such as the mad lozenge shaped grass stepping stones when I was persuading myself to give up the lawn.  2015_04030014

I can sense my battle with grief back in 2012 and 2013 after losing my sister in my descriptions of extreme tiredness which I now recognise as the bereavement process. I also noted how my tone changed as I discovered some new gardening clubs and started to make real gardening friends. My local HPS group has been a lifeline to me over the past 7 months since losing Dad. But throughout the diary is a recurring need to learn more and a clear love of plants and how they grow. Anyone who questions the healing nature of gardening has obviously never spent a quiet evening as the sun goes down slowly working through a border, weeding, and listening to the sound of the birds.  You lose yourself, the stresses and strains of life float away.

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So to all my readers whatever your religious persuasion I would like to wish you a happy Easter break and may you find it a recharging and relaxing time, hopefully with your family and loved ones.

Helen

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy Easter Helen, what a lovely blog, soon I will create more space in my life for the things I love, meanwhile like you will enjoy this long weekend, starting in my greenhouse x

  2. rusty duck says:

    The wonderful thing about Easter is that it happens in Spring. Just when we can feel most recharged by the extra time spent out in the garden.
    Have a lovely weekend Helen.

    1. Susan says:

      Like you Helen, I work full time so Easter is a much anticipated chance to slow down, manage larger projects and just enjoy being ‘among’ the plants. However here in Tasmania we are moving into autumn, no fresh green spring unfurling, instead the crabapples, maples and hazels are showing their gorgeous autumn colours and littering the lawn with brilliant leaves, the dahlias and salvias are still blooming madly but will succumb to the first frost, and the autumn crocus are coming through. Daylight saving ended last night so for the next few months I will have to enjoy spring and summer via your garden and those of other northern hemisphere bloggers, 🙂
      Susan

  3. sweetpea2love says:

    What a lovely garden you have and I know you’ll be out enjoying its beauty this long weekend.. Take care, from Laura

  4. What an inspiring post, Helen. Keeping a garden diary sounds like not only an excellent way of keeping tabs on one’s horticultural life, but also, if you manage to read between the lines of what has been written, indirectly on one’s personal life too. Wishing you a happy Easter.

  5. Helen, You describe beautifully how ‘the healing nature of gardening’ happens! This posting also shows the value of keeping a gardening diary. Like you, I am sporadic in my diary entries – I prefer blogging – but time spent reading old entries is always of value. Have a peaceful, happy Easter break. P. x

  6. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Hi Helen – Can’t believe the growth in your garden in just a few weeks – so pretty and springy! Been ho here but cloudy today. Had to do more watering as still a long dry summer and only one storm three weeks ago ad basicly not a lot of rain – only a few showers. we definitely seem to have lost 6 plants of the ‘bird bush’ and am worried about at least 6 more! 5 of the kauris have survived but one only has 3 little leaves on it – here’s h0ping! seen a lot of dead griselias on my travels – not good in a drought. We have lost two new ones and watering desperately the others. Blackbirds enjoying the berries of the hawthornes – we have pink and white ones that look pretty in the spring. Very hardy here and ok in tough coastal positions as well. Babies keep popping up so will transplant more up in the bush, even tho’ not native. Enjoy your pretty garden!

  7. alison says:

    A thought provoking blog. Your garden really is springing into life and looking very pretty. I particularly like the seating area, surrounded as it is by spring flowering bulbs and blossom. The perfect place to sit and recharge your batteries.

  8. Wonderful post Helen, I´m not religuous too and spend most of the time in the garden on these days. At last, we are lucky to have a beautiful sunny day now, so I almost did not know where to start this morning. Your description of the healting nature of gardening applies for me too.
    Wish you lovely days and happy gardening!
    Janneke

  9. Alison says:

    You are so right about the therapeutic value of gardening. I sometimes suffer from extreme insomnia, which makes it hard to get up the energy to go out and garden, but I recently realized once I’m out there, I no longer feel tired. It’s energizing. Happy Easter!

  10. bittster says:

    Happy Easter to you as well! Your garden has really come along over the years and I’m glad you get so much out of it. I’m also discovering real gardening friends through blogging and it’s a great experience to know people who’s eyes don’t glaze over when they hear the word melianthus or narcissus. Enjoy your break.

  11. I hope you have suitable weather for enjoying your garden at the weekend!

  12. Thank you for putting into words what so many of experience in our gardens and gardening itself. And your shed looks lovely!

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