After the Storm

My poor garden  is suffering from a bit of neglect that goes a little deeper than the usual seasonal overload and fatigue.  There have been secret projects, general unwellness and a storm.  The garden is a little …  messy.   Looking at it fills me with  a touch of shame and despair.  How could I have let it get so bad.  But in the busyness of life I found myself turning away from the thing that gave me such joy and filled me with a perpetual hope that in spite of the disasters and failures there would always be the possibility of something better around the corner.

Yard Long Beans after the storm
My Yard Long Beans are battered and bruised

This Easter I am going to reconnect with all the things in my life that give me joy and hope.  I am going to spend time in the garden and remove the things that shouldn’t be there.  I’m going to clean up the clutter and debris that has built up in the corners and are beginning to block access to the good places in my garden.  I’m going to look at my garden in a new light and decide if there are things that really need to be changed and set about making those changes with a grateful heart.

Garden gate
I really need to clear the path to my garden so I can easily access the good stuff.

I have been blessed with this amazing piece of land, but I’m only here for such a short time in the grand scheme of things, and so I need to make the most of it and treat it with care and respect.  I need to encourage others that this clean, healthy life is the best choice, in a world of fast food and fast living, so those who come after us will have a good example to follow, rather than allow it to be lost to the passage of time as a way we used to live.

Easter is a great time to have a look and see if any of the old stuff in your garden and in your life needs to be swept away and made clean again.   There is more to this season than chocolate and chickens.  It is all about a fresh start.

Happy Easter.  Stay safe and God bless.

Come again soon – the garden should be looking fresh and sharp!

Sarah the Gardener : o)





12 thoughts on “After the Storm

  1. Great post, Sarah. I’m sorry to hear you are unwell. I wish you all good luck with the changes that are afoot.

    I’ve been on a tear through both the house and garden now that I’ve fully recovered from my foot surgery. It feels good to clear out, clean up and reveal all that is good and fresh and wonderful. I wish that for you, too.

    1. Hi Alys. It’s ok – unwellness is never too far away, you just have to find ways around it. There is nothing like seeing physical change in the cluttered areas of your life. I managed to get into the garden over Easter and it is lovely to see how fresh the area looks that I was able to tackle. I’m so pleased you have recovered well. There is nothing worse than wanting to get something done, but can’t through whatever reason. I hope you have a fabulous spring in your garden.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

      1. Sarah you have a wonderful attitude. MS is such a crummy disease. It strikes without warning and in a myriad of ways. I see my sister struggle and marvel at all you are able to do. My hat is off to you.

        I’m happy to hear that you found time over Easter to tidy the garden. I know how good that feels.

        Thank you for your well wishes. xo

  2. You have a lovely garden Sarah, it’s so productive, from here in the UK I really envy your climate. It’s great to look forward to new projects. Take care & don’t eat too many Easter Eggs.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. We are very blessed with where we live. There is always something going on in a garden, which makes life exciting.
      I hope you had a wonderful Easter break.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

  3. I’m starting to redo, renew things too. When I moved into my house in 1973 the previous owners had made the yard exquisite. I was never able to keep up with it. Now I’m determined to make it nice again.

    1. Hi Karuna. Sometimes I wish the previous owners here had been great gardeners so there would be some kind of outline I could follow. But they were farmers, so apart from the veggie garden that evolved the rest of the place is just a blank canvas and we have the horticultural equivalent of writers block. Have fun making your garden nice again.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

  4. Hmm I suspect many of us have gardens in a similar state, the trick is to find joy in the tiny events, and have hope for moments when we can get “stuck in”. My spine issues mean much of my pristine garden is only in my mind’s eye, but I can still plan my moments, so I share your frustration of mind willing body not so keen 😀. Keep writing.. and Happy Easter .. eat chocolate and thanks for your honesty and your posts. Xx

    1. Hi Lynne. I managed to get a bit of time in the garden over the long weekend and am pleased with the effort I made in the corner I decided to tackle. But Rome wasn’t built in a day and gardens are always changing, so I guess my best hope to have complete control over it is mid winter when hardly anything is growing – not even the weeds! I hope you had a lovely Easter.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

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