Tree Connections

I’ve been wanting to write a little piece about trees for a while now, but as often the way, it’s been just another post on the to-do list. However, when our friends on BBC Gardeners’ World produced a special program dedicated to trees, I was inspired to get out my notes and to revisit that post I’ve been meaning to write.

Limes in the morning mist.

Like many other people, I’ve a long held interest and fascination for trees, and not least for the fact they can grow from the smallest wind blown seed to enormous, living and breathing structures. How they establish a root hold and adapt their growth, melding with the environment they find themselves in is nothing short of extraordinary.

Journal 17.1.21

OK, so there goes week two, another unbalancing week in my world of gardening – and life in general come to that.

Last weekend brought much reflection on the ever developing Covid and work situation, and by Monday morning I was resigned to the fact that some things would need further tightening. Indeed, within an hour of the week getting underway, conversations were taking place that encouraged a decision to officially pause volunteering. Now, whilst this brought some comfort for all involved, it obviously meant a lack of gardening activity for some time ahead – for a team that was already limited in number to maintain social distancing.

Potted plants in a glasshouse
Keeping a watchful eye on over-wintering cuttings, the stars of summer next.

A check in gardening activity, even as challenging as it is to the constant flow of seasonal tasks; is something that can be won back over the months ahead. It might not be easy, or desirable, but it’s perfectly achievable if we adapt, manage our expectations and keep a close eye on priorities. Possibly more important though is the resulting pause to the social interaction for all garden team members – including the assistant gardener and myself with a new furlough arrangement going into place.

Gardens and the Best of Times

Welcome to another GardeningWays post, where this week I’m going to say a little, wait for it – about the importance of gardens.

Oh here we go again I hear you say! Seriously though, gardening for me feels somewhat different this year. Times have changed – but then I’m sure they have for everyone.

Sunrise over the Sphinx bridge at Compton Verney in Warwickshire
Sunrise beyond the Sphinx Bridge at Compton Verney ©️Gary Webb

When I look back, just one year has passed since I released myself from a working role which, through ten years of growing, saw me change immeasurably as a person. When thinking of this last year, I hardly need close my eyes before vivid images across those four seasons come to my mind; a time of intense and very rewarding activity I have to say.