"They say you only really appreciate a garden once you reach a certain age, and I suppose there is a truth in that." - JoJo Moyes
I was never much of a plant person or gardener... there was always someone else around who preferred doing it and allowed me to do other things. Like read a book. Besides, my black thumb was epic in it's powers and widely known.
Even with succulents, my black thumb tended to be victorious.
But in the last few years, I've really begun to relish working in the garden. You may even blame it for some of my silence! lol If the sun is out, why would I be inside??
Maybe it is like the opening quote says... to do with age. Maybe it's that I discovered that it is much more fun to do gardening than to go to the gym, and I work out muscles I didn't even know I had! Or maybe it's my way of trying to cope with a lot going on and multi-tasking... gardening is like crossing off going to the gym, going to the tanning-salon, and cleaning all in one giant spray of fertilizer.
I have had to invest in good sunscreen and a hat. And gloves and shoes. And a spade that's all my very own.
I like moving the lawn with the tractor - and the weed wacker... just lemme at it! Something about shaping those edges. Hmmmmm... my inner control freak.
Maybe it's the same as house cleaning, you have INSTANT reward. Maybe it's about feeling centered by the dirt under your nails.
I don't know the names of the plants I tend to... yet... but I'm giving them lots of love anyway.