Back to the Garden.

When the weather changed for the better, it was a relief to have finished decorating the dining room. Last year was a massive clear out of nature’s garden debris in the form of a jungle of brambles, ivy, weeds a plenty and rocks, large stones and slate. Spring this year saw it starting to come back and timing to keep it all in check was very important. Also. The house insides had a massive influx of clear out. It took days, then weeks and then realised months on end of this first retirement year to get so much done. Get drabness from the house and create a brighter ambience.

These back breaking events of last year with both house and garden needed so much attention at the time and I did not want it all to go to waste. A dehumidifier out in the back space, where the back walls of the room hold back the garden, controlled any damp issues. That room is now dry and comfortable. 

After decorating many rooms and stripping doors, staircase, floors and skirting boards back to wood? The big concern was ‘get back to the garden’. When Spring arrives…the greenery resurfaces with intent. Mother Nature, whilst beautiful, can also be unforgiving. Bramble shoots poked their heads out the soil again, ready to send tendrils of inch lengths with intentional yard lengths like athlete runners on the starting line. Before days had passed? A greenery carpet of sticky elongated Cleavers arose en masse. 

So it was a welcome relief to have all but finished dining room decorating and go back out into fresh air and gardening intentions.

Motivation and where to start. Self motivation when you are alone and in your own company for days upon days on end is vital. My wife has her own Wholefood Shop business and it takes full on application of her time. Back to ‘Where to find Motivation?’ Words were indeed found, as seen in this Earth Pathways Journal photograph above re: Birch Tree. The first tree illustration in the journal. 

“Write any revelations that come to you and set intentions for your way forward”. 

Now the fun began concerning revisiting last year’s cleared earth. A brief visit to the garden on the first morning of intent and to soak in some thoughts began to take hold and proffered much from the empty of projects in the walled enclosed surroundings. To seek inspiration for an overall ambience that would hopefully result in success. Albeit with a bit of hard work. And luck. And decent weather. And an aching old Summers framework of a body holding it’s own. 

The two, very tall, beautiful Silver Birches in our garden shall be the Ogham inspiration for the “Changes my heart is longing for” as per information in the Tree Journal here. Also. Links to the Ogham alphabet and specifically, the Silver Birch.

All it needed was some open sky, some solid earth, a wooden design or two, an ‘areas planned’ project or two, plants/shrubs and other green stuff too.

And so….Sitting area? Tick.

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Oil tank hiding? Tock.

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Make a rustic gate? Tick.

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Clear the small patio area and repoint the slabs? Reposition and Repoint the top wall slates.? Tock.

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Get the steps up to the upper garden redone and slate chippings down? Tick.

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Pot a few plants, shrubs, herbs in various containers? Tock.

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Make a Dead Hedge and clear the compost area a bit more? Tick. 

Still a fair few more interventions to get going. So…..Awaiting ‘Tock’.

5 thoughts on “Back to the Garden.”

    1. Thanks Danny. It is nice being outside for days on end instead of being on the hospital ward. Thistle I have never experienced. So not sure how invasive it is. But if it’s like blackberry brambles then it’s a huge problem. A few more months and it should be fairly serene. Need some corners to simply sit and breathe. All the best.


  1. So I Google ‘Thistles in Sunflowers’ and find a whole bunch of weird links. So. Thistle caterpillars who love eating sunflowers, Thistle meaning and symbolism re: endurance, unity and victory, that Thistles are weird as weird with, from Wikipaedia saying ‘Carduoideae is the thistle subfamily of the Asteraceae, or sunflower family, of flowering plants. It comprises a number of tribes in various circumscriptions of the family, in addition to the Cynareae’………and finally there is a Bulgarian Cultural art group called Thistle and Sunflowers who are based in Scotland. Funny old world gardening…isn’t it? Thistle weirdness here on this link. You may find bamboozle a good word for this. 😊


  2. Reblogged this on Gray Summers and commented:

    Now the home decorating is virtually complete apart from a few odd bits and bobs. And also that the March dampness and ongoing rain drenched wet is pushed into a thankful arms distance. It becomes time for gardening again. This weekend myself and my wife are intending to complete the very long galvanised metal raised bed we started to put together at summer time last year. A Hugelkultur project awaits. We both went and caught Covid in the July of 2022 and subsequently it hammered the year’s ambitions down to a nailed down halt. We both had long Covid symptoms and were drained whilst still getting on with life’s needful work related ongoing. The house decorating for myself and also our moving shop interventions re: the new Dyfi Wholefoods shop premises took precedence.

    So April is a bit late re: preparation for growing efficiently and effectively for the whole year, but never too late to grab the garden’s offerings for spirituality and make it a positive vibe. We looked at how last year’s clean up of vicious bramble, ivy, weeds and overall horrible mess that made it simply ‘jungle land’ has fared. It has remained a tamed situation and we can start up where we left off. No massive conundrum of it all being a waste of time last year at all. The grass is tufty and we can transfer some of those tufts into surrounding bare parts. The intentional ‘wild flower’ section is empty completely of wild rose and brambles and has many primroses and bluebells all ready to bloom.

    Looking forward to this! So here are photos within the blog from last year’s efforts.


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