Friday, April 17, 2009

Wellness Activity: Gardening

Last night at my gardening class, I planted my very first garden in a 6' x 10' plot at the Learning Garden. It's an herb garden with ten different herbs, two different kinds of flowers, a potted plant as a centerpiece, and a home-made wooden sign by my husband, which says "Susan's Herb Garden." I had intended to show you a photograph, but it will have to wait until Saturday.

What I'm enjoying so much about gardening--which is a brand new hobby--is that I'm so totally engrossed in it that I think of nothing else. I'm learning a tremendous amount from my teacher, and fellow students. And it's so far afield from anything I've done before that I feel there's an entire world out there to explore.

While I'm too tired to write much else, I thought I'd leave you with a few quotes about gardening.

"Gardens are a form of autobiography."
~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine

"You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt."
Author unknown

"Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination."
~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897

"The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth."
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, Garden Thoughts


I hope everyone has a healthy and happy weekend!

13 comments:

Periwinkle said...

Hi Susan,
I am so happy that you are learing about gardening and enjoying it, we live on 2 acres and have 2 large vegetable gardens and flower beds. I couldn't imagine life without digging in the dirt, I pray for friends and talk to God while I garden. In the winter I daydream about it, planning and more planning, It is such a great way to exercise and also get sunlight, gee do you notice my train of thought here jumping from one subject to another? LOL Have a blessed day!
Periwinkle

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Periwinkle,
I couldn't agree with you more. For the last few years I've been spending more and more time outdoors doing garden maintenance and home improvement activities. But, my husband is the one who knows about gardening.

And with just three classes so far, I can't believe how much I've already learned. In terms of thinking, planning, praying, and exercising...I totally agree!

Glad to know we share this hobby, which could easily turn into a passion for me!

Susan

Wellness Writer said...

Periwinkle,
I just looked at your profile and it says you're a gardener at a golf course. Is that still true? How interesting is that!

Susan

Mariposa said...

Ah, so so happy for your new hobby! I love gardening too and love to stay in a garden...anywhere with nature and greens! Much more herbs...flowers...ah, I am so jealous! :)

Wellness Writer said...

Mariposa,
It is a truly grand hobby! And, I can't wait to show you a photo. While it's small, it's really so pretty.

Susan

Wendy Love said...

Susan,
I know the feeling about thinking about gardening all the time, and what a wonderful obsession that is! The thing I love about gardening is that you could give the same ten plants to ten people and would end up with ten completel different gardeners! I am so happy that you have a new focus that is giving you such pleasure!
Wendy

Periwinkle said...

Hi Susan,

I forgot all about that blog I had made, yes I was "the gardener" at a golf course for 3 years,but grew tired of weeding and watering for $7 and hour in 95 degree heat, I was brought on as a waitress for happy hour for 2 summers and that was a perfect fit for my bipolarism who doesn't love a party and I have a servants heart if you have ever taken the 5 love languages test. Serving people and giving gifts are mine. Anyway in one of my "moments" of not thinking clearly I just quit, and now I cant be hired back because I didnt give "2 weeks notice" but just found out yesterday of a possible job for a catering company here in the area we live in. So to answer your question yes I was and was successful at the planting that I did do, you should see the size of the shasta daises I had planted there. Anyway the weather here is great so I have a lot to do in my flowerbeds.
Blessings!

Periwinkle said...

Hi Susan,
Did you realize that when you read my blog you were an encouragment to me, I have decided to blog about my gardening again, its been a year, I will be posting photos. Thanks for your blog you are an encouragement to many blessings
Periwinkle(my childhood nickname from my first crush) :)

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Periwinkle,
I can understand that weeding and watering for $7 an hour in 95 degree heat wouldn't allow you to use your gifts!

I've never heard of the five languages love test, but I'm glad you've found something you enjoy doing, and that there's an opportunity for you to work.

And yes, I would love to see the size of the Shasta daisies you've planted!

Susan

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Wendy,
Yes, it is nice to think about something new. And, like photography--another new interest--I find that gardening helps me "see" an entirely new world when I'm out and about.

Susan

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Periwinkle,
I can't wait to see the photos. Last night when I couldn't fall asleep, I began looking at gardening and nature blogs, and I've added them to my blogroll, but in their own sections.

Susan
P.S. Glad I'm an inspiration.

preciousrock said...

"You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt." How true this is.

Years ago, a huge, fabulous garden and the rabbits I was raising provided a refuge for me during an abusive marriage. During that time, I spent all my days and many of my nights in the garden -- talk about an obsession. Did you know that rabbit poop is great fertilizer?

Shortly before our final parting, my ex- destroyed my garden and a part of me with it. After that, I moved to the city and the rest of the story is pavement and potted plants.

I long for a time when I can spend my days digging in the dirt again.

Wellness Writer said...

Dear preciousrock,
So sorry to read about your marriage, and sad to think that anyone would destroy a garden in anger! Alas...

This "community gardening" thing is a growing movement in Los Angeles, and probably all over the country. The people I've met so far are quite lovely. Perhaps there's a comparable space in your neck of the woods.

I'd never thought about rabbit poop as fertilizer, but it certainly makes sense! They do make their own compost at the Learning Garden, however.

Susan