Lifestyle 25 | Gardens are more than flowers

Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks. Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots. In an English country garden.

Mr Clarke sees everything as black and white. The only pink in his life is the FT. His recent blog on the value of gardens may get you property developers all a dither. Not me. I get it, I really do but I see my garden as far more than numbers, I have also discovered that my garden is far more than flowers.

I moved into Garden Rose Cottage last year and so found that gardening would become a passion, a sanctuary and a lifestyle. The highlight was yesterday when my neighbour called me over to the garden fence and gave me three tomato plants. A gesture of pure kindness, one that will nourish my family as well as nourish my soul. It was one of those moments when you realise people are good.

Gardening has been proved to help with depression, lift the mood and release endorphins. Horticultural Therapy if you will. My year has been busy with a whole manner of activities from work to helping family, some good, some stressful but all part of life. Having a garden has given me something to think about and somewhere to escape. I have listened to Gardener’s World on Radio 4, I have a secret crush on Monty Don and my library of gardening books has replaced the chick lit. on our book shelves. I’ve propagated seeds and I’ve designed and built a potager and chicken coop. Things I would not have even thought about during my cocktail drinking lifestyle in London a year ago. The closest I got to gardening was making sure there was plenty of mint in my Mojito. There have been varying degrees of success over the last year but a garden is easy to rectify, you just dig it up and have another go.

Mr Clarke is a little perturbed by my interest in Monty Don but he is secretly delighted about my new love as he can see the value of our home increasing with every rose I plant.

Over the coming weeks I will be writing about the different parts of my garden and hopefully giving you some inspiration for your outside spaces. Take a look at our Instagram and Pintrest for regular updates and ideas.

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