It is no surprise in this topsy turvy year that summer is kicking off cold, wet, windy, and miserable. It’s like it didn’t get the memo or it just doesn’t care. I don’t mind a bumbling summer that is bit slow to catch up, but a deliberately nasty season with intentional storms is quite concerning. But the boffins are saying it is going to be a La Nina summer with hot humid stormy weather. I don’t trust them either – after that whole storm debacle of last week. However, it is clear it won’t be my perfect dream summer and I suspect I will be learning new lessons about growing in this coastal situation. It is me vs the weather! I would like to win this round.
With a new season comes a lot of reflection and introspection and possibly a bit of navel gazing. How am I going? How is the garden going? What do I need to do to make 2021 better – in spite of any weirdness going on around me. While I haven’t been directly impacted by the drama – aside from not going anywhere for weeks and weeks and the fear of the risk of catching something nasty, things just haven’t been the same. I started the year in a good place with good routines and at several points along the way the garden was also in a good place with good routines. But something is amiss. I can’t put my finger on it but for some reason all gardening – outdoor garden gardening and indoor computer and kitchen gardening became almost like a chore. The large cloud hanging over us stole the joy from the things I love.
Well not anymore. I am going to take back that joy and plant it firmly where it belongs and nurture it and watch it grow. And what better time to do it than at the start of a festive season where joy is one of the messages that goes with it. Joy to the World! It may be challenging at first – especially as the festive season is a busy time anyway – but when combined with a burgeoning garden it can be downright chaotic!
I will endeavour to share my joy with you all regularly as joy is thing to be shared, not hidden away. It might be a simple picture of a pretty flower, or the recipe of something fresh from the garden that you ‘just have to try’, a tale of a magnificent harvest, or a story of a journey with flower garden that just never seems to get planted.
Come again – summer has just begun, and it will be wonderful.
Sarah the Gardener : o)