Posted: 18/03/2017 at 09:50
I was always interested as a child but discouraged my parents too time poor to risk letting me play with beds and plants. Discovered only in my 40s, and long after he was dead, that my paternal grandfather was a keen amateur gardener and prize winner up in South Shields.
What started me as an adult was buying a house with a garden - 85' long and with a row of 30' high leylandii down the eastern side blocking the morning sun from our garden and the afternoon sun and prevailing rain form our neighbours. Suddenly, we had grass to mow, dead roses and weedy laburnum to get rid of and those trees making it all dark. We cleared the rubble and planted a fruit cage, took down the trees and found our garden was suddenly a whole lot wider and lighter and then started planting with help and advice form our new neighbours who were delighted the trees had gone.
We'd come home from work and make a cup of tea and wander about the garden admiring blooms and veggies and pulling weeds and gently de-stressing and now find that a garden and the process of caring for it are essential to our well-being. Love sharing plants and info and tips too.