Gardening has become an outlet for me when I want to feel useful or creative. I've become to think of my gardening space as a big blank canvas that I must slowly fill. It's February now and it is especially during this time of year that I must remind myself not to wait till spring or summer to feel full of life. There is always something I could be doing. Right now I am cleaning up the debris that has amassed over winter, clearing away dead plants, getting excited over new life emerging, planning for the planting season and moving plants. It's also a time to reflect on what I want from my garden and how to achieve it. This is why I am thinking about gardening as an artistic project, to keep me looking for inspiration and thinking about aesthetics. I loved art in school but I don't think I was ever suited to the mediums of paint or ceramics etc. I knew I wanted to create but didn't know my niche. I've always loved writing and keeping a gardening blog turned out to be extremely satisfying, not least because gardening suits me as a person who loves solitude and staying at home but wants to be out in nature. So now I'm thinking about what inspires my gardening ways.
The mark of success I am aiming for is to be able to go to my garden on the birthdays of my friends and family and harvest a bouquet without feeling anxious about depleting my stocks. It feels great to offer someone a bunch of edibles, a cutting or some surplus seedlings, just as I love to receive them. I want a bounty I can share. Rather than bringing a token shop-bought cake when visiting someone's home, I'd like to be able to bring a punnet of home grown strawberries. There are many situations where buying a gift might be overkill but a homemade token is understated and almost always appreciated.
So get inspired, get going and get growing!