As gardeners being outdoors for a good part of the year, we perhaps have the privileged upper hand over others in experiencing and appreciating what each season has to offer. From observing clouds above to see if rain may fall, tending to plants that come and go, or even just listening to the call of birds from their nests, the garden offers us the opportunity to be present in the moment. Moments that a person caught up in the rat race of life may miss in the blink of an eye.
If someone were to ask me what my favourite season of the year is, and I think I may have said this before, it would be true to say that I would have a jolly hard time deciding. As a person who loves gardening and being outdoors, each season brings it’s own advantages and undisputedly it’s own disadvantages. Yet the fact that they are all so varied, bringing their own beauty and charm at different parts of the year, makes each season in my book equally loveable.
I do have to say, however, that the time of year we now find ourselves in, I get very excited. Catching sight of those first few green tips pushing through the soil, I am very much like a child spotting the first snowflakes that fall in Winter (in all honesty I’m probably just as excited when I see snow too). Hints that Spring is just around the corner, when plants that have been tucked up in their soil beds begin to emerge from their deep slumber, fills me not only with excitement but hope for the next growing season ahead.
More often than not, you’ll find me out in the garden after Winter has moved on, having what I call “my secret garden moments” – spring cleaning flower beds and finding garden treasures under the leaves. Let me explain! Have you seen the film ‘The Secret Garden’ where Mary discovers an overgrown, secret garden that has not been attended to in years? I always vividly remember the moment when Mary, thinking the garden has died, pushes a carpet of brown leaves to one side to reveal a tiny green shoot poking through the ground.
Not only does it remind us that life continues even after the darkest of times but that there is also hope. I am often astonished at how amazing plants are, to be able to survive cold, harsh winters and to come back the following year even better than the previous. They set a good example to us all.
As Winter leaves and Spring arrives, there is so much to look forward to in the gardening year ahead! New challenges to take on, achievements to be celebrated, lessons to be learnt, need I say more! All that’s left for me to say is “Happy Gardening!”