Gardening is one of my favourite self-care exercises - I've already written about the many benefits here and here. Even just a few minutes in a gorgeous green space can really lift your mood. With the current weather, I'm not suggesting your do much out there - maybe just sit somewhere cool and shady and appreciate the beauty.
As it's a little too hot for me at the moment, I'm keeping this post short and simply sharing a few photographs taken in my own plot.
if you want to do a little garden planning rather than digging or weeding, have a browse through my Pinterest boards. I think my gardening board is my most pinned to one - or is that the chocolate board?
It's one of my favourite weeks - it's Chelsea Flower Show. Lots and lots of horticultural inspiration and an excuse (as if I need one) to binge watch gardening programmes.
I've already written about the many benefits of getting out into the garden and finding self-care parallels in this post from a few weeks ago. It's all true - green is good for you.
There's also a new gift guide featuring lot of handmade treats for you or your gardening friends.
I think that being in a garden or green space makes us feel so much better because it feeds all five of our senses.
and if you're in any doubt about the benefits and pleasure you can get from a garden, I'll just leave you with this ...
This has been the first decent spell of weather we've had this year and I've just spent almost all day in the garden. I'm exhausted but I also feel great. This got me thinking about the benefits of tending a plot.
Gardening promotes the practice of self-care in many ways. You get out in the fresh air and get physical exercise (sometimes too much - I'll let you know tomorrow!). It's a great way to clear your head and sort your thoughts. Getting plants to grow can give you a great sense of achievement and there are the obvious benefits of growing edible crops. Gardening is a great creative outlet too and for many people their garden becomes a calming and peaceful sanctuary.
We can also learn a lot from plants -
Be yourself - a rose doesn't try to be a fern, ivy doesn't try to be a daffodil. Plants know what they are meant to be and that's what they do.
Start a fresh - plants don't look back - they might have had greenfly last year, or maybe someone forgot to water them, but this year's a new year and none of that matters anymore.
Find your place - plants thrive given the best conditions. Some need sun, some need shade. Some need damp soil, some need a dry spot. Find your own ideal "growing conditions".
Wait until it's your time - if it's a cold Spring plants wait a while for the soil to warm through a little before they start sending up new shoots. Follow their example, decide when the time is right for you.
... and remember ..
If you feel like you need a small treat after all that work then here are some lovely gifts for the green-fingered. Just click on the photos to get more details.
... and if you want some gardening inspiration, have a look at one of my favourite Pinterest boards.