Are you like me? I ponder over garden books for hours and dream about all sorts of wonderful changes I can make to my garden. A trellis would look nice there, and I can make up a piece of sculpture from those old shovels in the shed (just a quick lesson needed on how to use a welder of course), or perhaps I could do a pottery day with Fried Mud studio! My vegie garden is a little over-grown, but I’m sure it will look great when I clean it and plant the Winter crop! The options are endless. My available energy to manage 2 acres is not! I love my garden and I thought you might like a photo just to confirm my musings! I live in the most beautiful spot in the Blackall Ranges, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and if anyone is interested this garden is for sale!
I have come to realise that sometimes I am much better just ‘dream’ gardening in a book, tucked up in bed with the fire going on a Winter’s day. What an adventure one can have!
Books of good quality and gardening magazines can be expensive, and, at the rate I ‘book garden’, I would be poor! There is also a need to store them and if I am going to collect anything, it will be a book or magazine! After many years of moving home and garden, I have decided to cull my magazine collection down to my beloved ‘Country Style’, ‘Tropical Gardening’, ‘Sanctuary’ and a few more “green” mags. I have convinced my family I am well on my way to saving money and cupboard space. I have even considered buying a tablet so as to cull further, but I love the feeling of paper in my hands, covered in beautiful pictures and inspiring words. Something has been lost in the computer screen visual! My daughter attempted to reason that I have a laptop to read from but I argued a tablet would be much more like holding a book. She sighed! Would you like another peak at my garden?
Allow yourself to dream. Garden in a good book. Too expensive you say! I use my local library to keep up to date with the latest magazines and garage sales are great to buy old editions at pocket money prices. Plants never go out of date and you can take all the time in the world to enjoy those great photos over a cuppa and cake.
I have also become a regular Op Shopper! You don’t have to be a ‘regular’ to find that interesting book with full colour illustrations and of course take time to enjoy the whole experience. It is worth the moments to find that something ‘special’. My last visit turned up this ‘House and Garden’ edition and I spent just four dollars. A bargain! Hours of turning pages and ideas to ponder. And you can always pass on the gift to someone else for the price of a coffee out.
Just imagine the money you will save to buy your new seedlings when you do get that plot prepared, and if you can’t get out to dig in the soil, it’s too hot, chilly or wet, be still, grab a cuppa, cuddle a pillow, relax and allow yourself a personal moment to dream.
Tell yourself you deserve these moments and open a ‘book’ garden
smell the roses!