Gardening

crw_7438.jpg   I strongly believe that whatever hobby you indulge in, is relative to how much time you have to do it. For example if you have lots of time you can prepare one entree in three hours and on the other hand you can churn out a four-course meal in one hour, if you don’t have time!

        Watercolr painting and gardening both nourish the nature lover in me. However I indulged in the former mostly in my twenties and now that I have very little leisure time, I devote it to gardening. In the former I painted plants and in the latter I am planting them! I must confess the rewards are far greater in gardening. Its great for your physical, mental and spiritual health.

        As for the actual gardening, I focus my energy on the flower beds and kitchen garden. Its wonderful to plant plants, watch them grow and then take photos of the flowers etc. Hence gardening and nature photography go hand in hand for me. Gardening also clears my mind and inspires me to write and teaches me life’s lessons, which I would not have learnt otherwise. After I became a mother, I realized that its a great-bonding outdoor activity, to do with your child. If you do it with your child, he/she will automatically become a nature-lover. It also helps inculcate the good values of hard work, simplicity, work-ethic and a love of outdoors in your child.

        There is a story of a man who goes all around the world looking for a pot of gold. Then when he returns to his house and starts digging in his backyard, he finds it right there! The point being it could be gold, love, happiness…its all within you. Its how you tap it out of your system, that matters. For me gardening has been a source of infinite joy. I could write a whole book just on the joys of gardening.

        Some of the joys offered by gardening, which are beyond measure for me are to watch the gleeful expression on my child’s face when she chases a butterfly and to watch her make mulch soup for the birds, garnished with lush green weeds. Ofcourse this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Northeast of America is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The four distinct seasons offer tons of natural beauty and inspire the creative spirit in me. As much as I enjoy gardening from April to September, I must confess that by October I am relieved that all my physical labour outdoors will soon come to a much needed break till March end.

Ratna

September. 26. 2007

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 If you want to be happy for a day, then have a glass of wine.

If you want to be happy for a year, then get married and

If you want to be happy for a lifetime, then do gardening.

From: Gardening For The Soul

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  1. […] but through this blog I unravel the joy of creating things with hands. Hence there are paintings, gardening and its by-products, writing […]

  2. I just like the style you took with this subject. It is’nt often that you find something so concise and enlightening.

    1. Thank you.

      Ratna

  3. Very good information and facts. I am grateful I came across your site by chance. I’ve book marked it for later on!

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