Posted: 19/07/2013 at 11:49
I agree that gardening can make one happy and I get a huge thrill from raising new plants from cuttings etc. However as an increasingly arthritic 66 year old with a largish garden I also find it increasingly depressing as I cannot cope with the work and tend to walk around despairingly looking at all the things that need doing but I can't manage. Despite what one might think it is quite difficult to get anyone to weed etc for a reasonable price. Most "professional gardeners" just want to cut lawns once a week and keep hedges in check. When I did get someone in he pulled up one or two plants and broke a window while strimming! Yes I love my garden and getting a new plant I haven't got but it is a burden too.