Letters from the garden
This week I am giving my wife a break and I am writing to you all. This time of year gets very busy for us both and so its nice to be able to step up and do my end! Although it would seem a busman’s holiday: even now as I write this I know she is outside in our own garden working on the beds and borders for the months ahead and giving a new twist to areas by moving plants as well as, well...generally just having a “potter”.
This seems to be the art of keeping up motivation in the garden, anything that becomes formulaic can become dull and tiresome, even though its necessary. Same can be said of many things, from commuting to food shopping, however its more difficult to potter whilst doing these! The art of wandering around ones own garden and just having a mooch, with a pair of secateurs, a wheel barrow and a spade is worth working on. The delights of doing things when you want, because you want, rather than because it has to be done are very motivating. It starts off with a bit of fair weather pottering, which if you are not careful develops into a lifetimes passion.
I gave up a career in music for my pottering, my wife was a buyer for a very large chain and the garden mooch got her too! The rewards of moving things around, changing the scenery, new beds, different stain on the shed, and I could go on, are too great, which is why we garden for a living.
The mooch is not something we do in other gardens, its specifically reserved for ours, as should your potter be with yours. But if you need any advice or a hand from the pros from anything from ponds to plants, paving to pergolas, please get in touch.
All the best
Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business