For various reasons, it’s been quite a long time since I last wrote and I have a terrible confession to make: I’ve done very little in the garden since the Landing Pad was finished in early summer and I’m not all that bothered by it. Hence there’s not been much to write about.
Normally, each gardening season is a race to get all the planned work finished in time before the winter. Any spare time left over is a bonus to enjoy, but to ideally fill with more work to get ahead. This year started off no different. The plan was to finish the Landing Pad, prepare a strip of ground for extending the beech hedge, clear an area of rubbish to reseed with grass (to complete “the Rectangle”), finish the shape of the semi-circular border and clear the rubbish on it, ready for when we start work on it next year.
That’s a list of around five to six major things, not counting all the other jobs that would be spawned off from it but this year, I did the first one and pretty much stopped to put my feet up.
This summer was long, sunny and hot with ideal (if rather too hot) clear weather to all those jobs, but for some reason, I just couldn’t muster the strength and willpower. Instead, I just took the sun loungers out and lazed the evenings away while topping up on vitamin D.
Previously, I would be horrified at my own behaviour but something’s changed. I’m not sure if I’m just worn out from the frantic pace of work from previous years, if I’m getting older and less able/energetic or if I’m placing less importance on getting the garden ready and “finished” as soon as possible and placing more on working sustainably. I guess it’s some combination of all.
This summer, I took my foot off the gas pedal and let myself coast a while, and I rather enjoyed it. The garden isn’t exactly looking terrible for it either. The various trees, plants and shrubs just carried on growing and flowering, all by themselves, they don’t need me watching and fussing over them.
I don’t know if I’ll have the same work ethic next year or if things will go “back to normal”, whatever that means. The goal is still to have a garden “complete” for opening as part of the NGS and we passed a major milestone this year when an initial assessment gave the “all clear”, meaning there are no unsurmountable show-stoppers that would prevent the garden from opening at all.
The garden just needs to be completed, but I’m finding that it’s perhaps not so urgent as I used to think it was and perhaps it’s OK to take some time to do it and if major work slips a season, then perhaps it’s not the end of the world.