For Most of the country it appears that this year we will be having a late Spring and there are many a gardener with spring garden fever. Mother Nature of course is fickle and very unpredictable, but hey isn’t that part of the fun of gardening fighting the elements? Yea me neither not so much but I have learned to adapt.
I have been working on the pond this year in between inclement weather and each time I get it pumped out and start to clean and make some changes it seems to rain, and then I need to pump it out again and start over.
The neighbor always comes out and says seems like a lot of work, not me brother. While a lot of people might take that as a negative I remember the empty weedy back yard that was there when we first moved in and I know that he is extremely pleased to sit on his deck and look over at the rushing water fall and all the flora. I know he appreciates the work I put in but I don’t think of it as work it is enjoyment and provides me with a great feeling of accomplishment that allows me to enjoy my afternoons watching the birds and butterflies enjoy the habitat I created for them.
This year I will be spending some time each week at my Mother and Father in-laws lake house taking care of the yard. They are both retired and it seem like they spend a lot of time doing yard work that takes away from time they could be enjoying their retirement time and doing other things than maintaining the grass and flower beds. The truth be known I really enjoy going out there and it is only a 20 minute drive. There are a lot of birds that hangout around the area and some that do not inhabit my neighborhood so I get to do a little bird watching as well. Anytime I am outside and working in a garden is a great time as far as I am concerned.
I have to thank my wife because she negotiated this opportunity because I really wanted to do it but was afraid that that my in-laws may not think that I was doing it because I wanted to which is far from the truth. I just plain out Like gardening.
Another project that I want to get to this year is the woodland garden. For the past two years we have not spent very much time there because my wife was having hip and back problems so it was not enjoyable to be there. Thanks to the miracle of modern medicine and a very talented doctor she is doing well and ready to go out and enjoy our place again. We have to catch up on some serious fishing time to make up for the last couple years. I miss getting up and sitting on the deck and watching the deer, squirrels, and birds romping around as day breaks and enjoying my morning coffee.
Each and everyone of us has our own idea of what makes us happy and I would hope is passionate about it. I know that the time I spend in the garden is time I feel that is invested in me because it nourishes me and refreshes me. Certainly if nothing else it slows down the pace of things so that you do not feel so stressed and overwhelmed by the fast pace of today’s world.