The Lure of the Garden

A post about following my instincts when they told me to spend the day in the garden instead of at my desk

On the day I should have been writing an article for a national website, an invisible force lured me into the garden and made me potter about there instead. This is what I did.

Bunting in my garden

Hung out the flags to celebrate summer

Troughs full of plants

Weeded the troughs to show off my new colour-changing solar lamps

Table and chairs on patio

Tidied the old patio and brought the sewing machine table and chairs back in from the lawn to create a nice seating area for morning coffee


Two money trees outside the back door

Gave some houseplants a summer holiday


row of cuttings in pots

Brought out the cuttings I’ve taken to give them some sunshine


My foot on the floor

Accidentally took a photo of my foot


Scented geraniums in troughs

Tried to teach some scented geraniums to climb


Tub of mint, geranium and flags

Hacked back the eau-de-cologne mint and added some patriotic planting in front

Honeysuckle in my garden

Admired the honeysuckle. Bliss.

Mug shaped like a pair of jeans, photographed in the garden

Thought about my lovely friend Aaren, whose birthday it was that day, and photographed the gift she gave me for my 16th birthday to put on Facebook with my birthday message to her

Butterfly or moth on statue of a hare

Discovered a mysterious and beautiful butterfly which my friend Clare later identified as a day-flying moth. Who knew?! The statue is a moon-gazing hare, by the way, an ancient fertility symbol. Maybe the butterfly/moth has family plans.

Table and chairs on patio

Tidied another bit of patio (in front of old pigsty) and its pots of herbs, which I then designated the summer lunch room


I refused to feel guilty for having such a blissfully fulfilling day in the sunshine, which I’m sure restored my spirits and equilibrium, as well as the garden.

Instead I got up at 6am the next day to write my by then overdue article, and I’m sure the article was so much better for my day in the garden. If you’re interested, you can read the finished article here on the Writers and Artists website. 




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