The healing power of the garden

I’ve had one of those weeks; feeling totally frazzled and strung out with work and so tired.  So today I left the office early.  And spent some time weeding in my garden and now feel so much better.  I think as you potter around in the borders, weeding and dead-heading, finding (joy of joys) that at least some of the dahlias you took a chance on last autumn, gave a thick duvet of mulch and then left in situ, are beginning to shoot; all the noise in your head slips away.  I’m still bone-tired, but my head is my own again and I know I will cope with whatever work throws at me tomorrow.  And then it is the weekend, and with luck I’ll be outdoors again, in the garden or on the allotment,  and both if I can get away with it!

And the other lovely thing is that the new gardening books I ordered, two on the recommendation of Flighty, have arrived – now I’m spoilt for choice on which to read first!

This photo shows my borders last September, the dahlias in the foreground (just stems and buds among the phlox) are the ones I’ve discovered today.

About Sara Davison

I've been gardening as long as I can remember; initially as a child, learning from my mother, and then with each successive garden I've owned, I've expanded my knowledge and my plant collection. Starting Spring 2014 I'm taking my first steps as a flower farmer, growing British flowers for cutting on an acre of rented farmland in the Surrey Hills.
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5 Responses to The healing power of the garden

  1. gardening is such a great therapy. I couldn’t agree more!

  2. So true. As soon as the intensity of the heat’s gone from the evening, I’ll be out there too:)

    • You can’t beat warm evenings in the garden, then and early morning are my favourite times. Here in my part of England it is now light until about about 8.30pm, but we’ve not had enough sun for there to be any warmth outside, keep hoping June might be better!

      • Me too – for your sake – you’ve a lot of work to do on that allotment of yours!
        I’m a bit naughty about early mornings in the garden – that seems to be the time to wander, still in my sleeping sarong, mug of tea in hand, to look at things, and talk to things, and plan and … Rarely anything concrete happens in the early mornings.

  3. Flighty says:

    There’s nothing like a good potter to recover from being frazzled. I’ve got three dahlias that I must plant out next time I’m plotting.
    Thanks for the mention, and I hope that you enjoy the books. xx

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