The year of 2013 has been a year of lessons. I took on the challenge to take better care of myself and also of my garden. I was not expecting that the two would be interchangeable.
I wanted a garden that would complement health and wellbeing. My aim was to have a garden with plants that had aromatherapy properties. I already had lavender, roses, geraniums, rosemary, camellia, to name a few. I soon realised that what I was striving to create already existed, was planted, I just needed to cultivate and nurture the plants to bloom.
My rationale was to create a sacred space where I could relax. Each day I noticed something new, a bud, a flower, sound and colour. I realised that I was becoming mindful. A skill I was once unfamiliar with as a 5 minute attempt at meditation only left me frustrated. I was no serene figure. I now know my mindfulness is my garden and the lessons that come from its teachings. Patience being the most difficult skill of all.
At the end of the Summer I realised my garden was to become quite stark unless I planted for the future. Our Winter is grey and dark and I would need some light and colour to brighten the mood. I have planted for the future months some daffodils, snow drops, crocus, and hyacinth for their fragrance uplifting scent. Like planning for a rainy day, I realise that a garden is hard work, takes nurturing and the results are unbelievably rewarding.
(Image from Google images)
- The Benefits of a Meditation Garden (proplants.com)
- Healthy Gardening for Illness Recovery (healthylifestylesuccess.com)
- “A book is like* the garden of the mind’. Plant the right seeds, your thoughts, at times even the highest ones… and you will get a stunning, a beautiful, a magnificent garden (of the soul).” (beliefhope.wordpress.com)
- The Alnwick Garden. (bolditalic.net)
- 5 flowering plants for your wellbeing, brighten up your garden & your life (recycledinteriors.org)