The expression ‘ a watched pot is slow to boil’ has been around since Benjamin Franklin first wrote the text in 1785. It has come to mind lately as anticipation of Springs first flush grows ever so slowly each day. A few buds are appearing, and the arrival of the first blooms, but because of the late frosts, Spring in the garden seems paused.
All gardeners need an optimistic outlook to know that their planting of seeds, bulbs and perennials will come to fruition. And there is a certainty in the knowledge, that effort in the garden will be rewarded, and that nature will undoubtedly bring the full flush of Spring soon.
I’ve nurtured the garden like never before, and I wake up each day with a sense of anticipation to see the Spring progress knowing that it will sing in a few short weeks. In a region of distinct seasons, winter in a rose garden can be bleak with only bare branches to view. It has been fascinating to be in the one place for such an extended time to watch the unfoldment of Spring so intimately. Usually, we are away for short periods and often miss the complete season.
Never before have I had such a keen eye on the spectacular foliage colours of the roses. With the brilliant dark reds, maroons and the range of greens from the brightest light green to lush, glossy verdant green, this year’s foliage is magnificent and ever so healthy.
No matter what size or situation, the opportunity to create a garden has always been a solace for many people and, especially in recent times, an escape because it’s one of the few activities the pandemic has not taken away.
The usual therapeutic effects of being in the garden and hearing the sounds of nature around us, the birds chirping, the wind in the trees and the stillness brings calmness. The garden can be a valuable place of comfort and a manageable sanctuary uniquely our own during challenging times.
Gardens, of course, can’t remove our fears or problems, but they can help us deal with life’s issues and make each day more peaceful. Perhaps the combination of being creative and using our imagination and the sheer physical work is what makes gardening so satisfying.
The anticipation of Spring when you know you have given it your best shot, done the work in preparing, is exciting in much the same way as an unveiling of an inspirational art project. From the inception of an idea with all the unique twists and turns of the creative process, the artwork is complete. Similarly, one can plant and design a landscape, nurture and make the changes that were not quite right from last year and until everything grows and blooms, you have no idea of the shape of the garden at all or what you have created. I’m always optimistic, though, and each season since the garden began has bought unique rewards, often entirely unexpected outcomes.
Presently, it is pouring with rain and is expected to continue for another few days. I long to get out and into planting the last of my annuals and finish the mulching, but like all gardeners, patience is essential. This year, with higher rainfall than usual and more work, has been done to prepare, plus the garden is now into the fifth year, the season ahead promises to be sensational. I will look forward to shooting many more photographs of stunning rose blooms to share shortly.
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Images Di Baker September 2021
Title quote originally from the biblical text, Ecclesiastes 3:1 and later in the lyrics by Pete Seeger ‘To Everything There Is a Season’ 1960s.