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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. 

 

 

 

Author:

Author of warm, witty and gently funny fiction and non-fiction, including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series, beginning with "Best Murder in Show", inspired by her life in an English Cotswold community, short stories and essays about country life. As Commissioning Editor for the Alliance of Independent Authors' Advice Centre, she writes guidebooks authors. She speaks at many literature festivals and writing events, and is part of BBC Radio Gloucestershire's monthly Book Club broadcast. She is founder and director of the free Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival which takes place in April, a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and an ambassador for children's reading charity Read for Good and the Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.

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