I do envy her enthusiasm. I'm in awe of all those people who get so much pleasure from gardening. I wish some of it would rub off on me. I used to regularly follow blogs that talked about self sufficiency. People who grew enough food to live on. I hoped that it would fire my enthusiasm. It didn't. Although I have the utmost admiration for those keen gardeners.
My late father loved gardening. Not only did he enjoy tending his own garden, and an allotment, but would often be found helping others with their gardens. When I grew up and had a garden of my own, my Dad would spend so much time trying to teach me the difference between flowers and weeds, what to plant and where. None of it really sank in. I seemed to be too busy with other things in my life. He looked after all the gardens I had in England, up until he became too ill to do so. I was very grateful for all his efforts because I always had a garden that was a pleasure to look at and to sit in.
He would have loved our garden here. He would have enjoyed fighting the uphill battle with the weeds..one we don't ever seem to be able to win.
|My beans appearing through the soil|
I didn't really follow his advice. I dug out a couple of small trenches, and just threw in the beans and covered them up...rather than spacing them out as I had been instructed. Surprisingly they are actually growing, and Mr A has now put in canes to support them. You'd think that this would have created just a little bit of excitement in me wouldn't you? Not a chance.
I physically can't do weeding and digging these days because of my arthritis. But I don't really need an excuse because even when I feel guilty and try to do something useful in the garden, I get bored with it after half an hour. I do have responsibilty for watering though, because Mr A doesn't always have time to do this. Mind you, according to FIL on a visit here last year, I don't water properly. But then he would say that wouldn't he?
Am I odd? Is there anyone else out there like me? Am I the only one who would rather look at a garden than work in it?