I'm female. I'm sixty. My days of working in the garden from 9 in the morning to six at night, then going in and making my tea, are over. I do a few hours every day and that is enough. My years of experience count for nothing when sheer brute muscle is needed to humph bags of compost or chipped bark around. I wish I was more like the TV gardeners - whose watering cans are always full and at hand, whose watering hose is always the right length and never twisted or caught in plants and never tripped over, who always have the right tool for the job and never try to dig a biggish hole with a trowel because getting the spade out of the garage is just too much like hard work!
I love my garden but each year the jobs just seem to get harder and longer to do and each year I feel as though I could have done better. I have given up cutting my hedges and get someone in to do them now. But the rest of the work is up to me. This year I am making a concentrated effort to get more late flowering summer perennials planted to take my garden screaming and kicking into autumn.
Has anyone got any words of wisdom to make my gardening life easier? I have a cottage style garden with lawn so lots of cutting back and clearing up required.