Moving house means inheriting a garden. Moving house in winter, as we did, requires a great deal of patience and yet loads of anticipation, especially when you know that the previous gardener was a member of Kinghorn in Bloom and thus knows a thing or two about gardening.
Our last garden was so overgrown when we moved in that it was a time of discovery, uncovering what might have been beautiful but an empty canvass in other ways, giving ample opportunities for new ideas. I introduced a large vegetable patch, grew lavender and various perennials from seed and watched different areas of the garden flourish. Sometimes it worked perfectly and at others the weather or local wildlife (rabbits and a local muntjac deer) had other ideas.
Our new to us garden is on a cliff face with raised beds and steps. I need patience to see what is going to emerge. The temptation to rush out and buy plants to fill gaps is high. I also hope that my weeding activities have not disturbed too many little plantlets either, those that might have been below the surface. Have I pulled out ornamental grasses, for example, by accident?
I have bought a few plants and popped them in here and there. They may or may not be in the right place and also may not thrive here. We shall see. The hardest thing is being patient.
Watching the garden change before our eyes is a bit like our new life here in Kinghorn. We have begun to get involved in activities. Sometimes these will be right for us and at other times not. We have ‘hit the ground running’ a friend remarked the other day. Each direction takes time and effort but we also need to step back and looking at ourselves occasionally. Reflection is good. Above all we need patience, to see what happens.
My writing life has also had a major jolt. I have not written seriously for a good while now – since we left Fife nearly two years ago in fact. For months I fretted about this but now I feel at peace. I’m determined that the future of my writing will give more than just moments of pleasure but have a purpose – a sense of giving back. I’m not sure which direction it is going to go in next but while I wait to see what unfolds I need a huge amount of patience.
Patience is a virtue they say 🙂