There is always the garden…

In between short holidays, amidst a springtime tidy up of our garden –which was followed in close order by spring cleaning of our house– in preparation for summer downtime… I remarked to my co-worker (the G.O.) that I should have gotten into gardening when I was younger… rather than beginning in my 50’s.

But as the Chinese proverb goes, “Life begins the day you start a garden.”

That said, some days I just don’t feel like showing up but if I don’t who will… Once I’m out there the garden seduces me… one movement, one task at a time. The garden doesn’t really need me, although it responds to my hand. However, I need it. We have a benevolent partnership. The garden would prevail without my input… with it though, both of us are less wild and more productive.

Fill a watering can, then another and another. Pull a weed, then another and another. Don’t be too fussy. Trim a vine here and there. Prune a branch here and there. Snip a dead head here and there. Give back to the earth by bestowing detritus within the compost bin. Dig over soil adding an offering of good compost. Sow a few seeds. Save a few seeds. Gently embed a plant while uttering an accompanying prayer for its future wellbeing. Slow life… slow garden. The rewards are many beyond the obvious edibles, flowers and verdant surrounds: physical activity, Vitamin D, beneficial fauna habitat and inimitable feeling of accomplishment that comes of helping a plant grow.

It’s that time of the year where after winter clean up and preparation of summer garden there is opportunity for reflection. Following a reasonably dry winter, we’ve had over 250mm rain during the past week… and it looks set to continue into summer. The garden is looking lush! Much more so than this time last year.

From my camera roll…

Something else I did this year… added a Permaculture Journey page to the blog; an overview of how we got to this point.

“When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” – Minnie Aumonier

19 thoughts on “There is always the garden…

  1. What a wonderful and luscious garden – of flowers and edibles – let alone the great garlic harvest – rain has certainly been your friend – thanks for sharing your “feast”
    Cheers Catherine in NZ


    1. Such is the nature of gardening… I was battling to keep the water up to it through a dry winter. But at the moment the garden is luscious aka very damp underfoot, and we expect it will continue over summer. Let’s hope the plants hold up to all the moisture.


  2. Nothing more therapeutic than working with your hands … and when nurturing hands bring forth an amazing harvest whether it be fruits or vegetables or beautiful flowers both the hands and the soul is overflowing 🥰
    I love your garden and take great pleasure in all your photographs. Can’t wait to see you & your handiwork in March 😍


  3. Even the worms grow lush and big in your garden! Your comment ” The garden would prevail without my input… with it though, both of us are less wild and more productive.” is so right. It is a joy to spend time in the garden, making it, and me, a little less wild.

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    1. The raised bed where we discovered the earthworm is 5 years old created from layers of crap clay soil, newspaper and hay. Gardens also help us understand that some things take time… a lesson that gets easier with age, in my case at least.

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      1. It is parsley season, where my parsley plants go to seed and attract so many different insects. I am not sure what the people who walk past think, but I hope they stop and watch. A garden makes you take notice.


  4. I also find once I get out into my tiny garden one task leads into another and gradually the garden responds to my touch and I feel a satisfaction that doesn’t seem to come in the same way from anything else. I loved your line ‘The garden would prevail without my input… with it though, both of us are less wild and more productive.’ And the final quote is perfect. Your garden looks so lush and bountiful, even for the worms!

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    1. As you are well experienced with… the nature of the seasons have a lot to do with it. There’s only so much we can control… even in manmade environments as evidenced by a recent news clip of a greenhouse going for a wild ride on the wind near Rockhampton. Being here, in one place for almost 6 years has really helped my perspective, that lots of small efforts plus allowing the garden its own time, pays off.

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  5. Your house and garden are a gift, Dale! So beautiful. And have I said how much I want an enclosed veggie patch like yours? lol Gardens provide food for the soul as well as the stomach.


    1. We often comment to each other how fortunate we are to be here and love what we have and do. It’s a good fit for us. Until it happened I had no idea how good the garden would be for my whole self. There’s many ways to accomplish something like our caged garden… lots of inspo via Google and Pinterest.

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      1. Same here, Dale. I always loved watching my Dad garden, and I must have picked up a lot without knowing it, but I didn’t start actually doing any gardening until I was in my thirties.
        My next door neighbour put up a chook pen for her 3 chickens – metal frame, mesh roof and walls, with a proper door. Unfortunately it’s just not in our budget at the moment. Plus the spot where it would do well is on a slope so way beyond my capabilities. Maybe one day.

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  6. Did you get that garlic dry? You’ve obviously had heaps more rain than us to date, we’re only just getting past the brown and crispy stage. However, there’s a flush of new sappy growth, and I think I’ll have a nice crop of turmeric this year! I have a series of pink & green plant/flower photos I must turn into a collage and post. Too good to forget…

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    1. Fingers crossed for the garlic… it’s high and dry on racks in the shed. Looking like we’ll have a rainy summer which on the upside means less time filling and emptying watering cans. Looking forward to seeing you tropical garden pics.


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