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May 28, 2012

I have a confession to make. I’ve been neglecting my blog. I have another love. It’s crept up on me all of a sudden, but it’s turned into a deep passion, more or less overnight. Well, since it stopped raining anyway.

It’s gardening. It’s just so lovely to be outside, pottering around in the flowerbeds, hearing the birds a-tweeting, the bees humming, the cats meowing as they try to jump on the fork I’m using. And yes, alright, the police sirens a-wailing – this is London after all – but so distantly they could almost be an exotic wild animal with its foot trapped in something ouchy.

Irises and alliums near the garden gate

I didn’t think gardening would be so all-consuming. Until recently, I had a friend helping – well, doing all the donkey work – but then, unfortunately, after planting 218 box hedges in a day, she started to get palpitations and has had to go back to her day job, of being an important lawyer. That leaves me with a whole lot of lawn, full of horrible viper’s bugloss (does anyone have a clever way to get rid of this?) and not really all that much idea of what I’m up to. I do really enjoy it, though. Today, I’m going to have a go at trimming the privet hedge at the front – wish me luck. And, if you’re passing this way, look out for the hedge topiaried into a full-scale replica of the Loch Ness Monster.

Yep, you'd have to be chicken not to love gardening 🙂

* Erm, not really – I’ll be very lucky to accomplish a more-or-less straight line without getting palpitations myself!

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  • Rosie Scribble May 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Lovely. Most be perfect being out there at this time of year. My father dug all our plants up (don’t get me started) but we still enjoy sitting on what’s left of our grass.

    • Dulwich Divorcee May 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Goodness! That sounds, er, enthusiastic?! I’d love to hear the full story one day 🙂 Glad you’ve got some grass at least x

  • Addy May 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Oh I love gardening. You can have the biggest worries on your mind, yet, when you are gardening, you can empty the brain out, do a rigorous workout and glow when you see the end result. I’m a garden junkie too.

    • Dulwich Divorcee May 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I agree, it’s great therapy – very hard to think about anything else while you’re weeding, while a hard prune lets out plenty of aggression! I’m an addict now …

  • Metropolitan Mum May 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    HA! I knew it!!
    I miss my garden, I really really do. Bought a hydrangea yesterday and put it into a pot outside my front door. Not quite the real thing…

    • Dulwich Divorcee June 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

      I absolutely love hydrangeas, they are so beautiful. If you’re missing weeding, there’s plenty here for two 😉