It has been a while that we have posted something new here at sowandso.
During winter nothing much goes on in the garden. Here in the Ardennes even the hellebores can’t handle the Ardennes weather. It hasn’t been extremely cold, but there were a lot of temperature fluctuations which played havoc on the hellebores, the clematis I planted last year and a few other plants I really hoped would survive.
Talking about survival, I have also been out of commission lately. I suffer from anxiety and depression. Have been for years but it hasn’t been this bad for a long time.
One of the side effects is the lack of creativity, or the lack for wanting to do anything really. I felt as grey and dull as the garden. However, gardening is one of the things that usually help me through a bad period.
One of the key things to do is exercise when you are depressed. The thought of getting on a treadmill is daunting for me. I have always preferred to be outside. I discovered that gardening is really therapeutic. Even turning the compost heap in the rain can be satisfying and creating life when planting a seed in soil and seeing a plant form gives hope, and hope is what people with depression and anxiety issues need.
Spring is everywhere
And now the first signs of spring are showing, the crocuses are the first ones, their light purple colour are a welcome sight in the front garden. The other bulbs are close behind. Tiny buds are showing some colour on the lilac, and the shrubs in the back garden.
The tomato and chilli seedlings are well on their way and I took a chance and planted out some French bean plants in the poly. Snugly covered with a fleece I am hoping they will survive the occasional night frost we will still have.
As the garden is showing promise for the new season I am ready for some therapeutic times spend getting my hands dirty and my mind a bit calmer.