I have been doing a bit of reflecting this week and decided I need a bit of balance in my life. I have been bursting a fufu valve trying to get the first garden in The Palace completed by the end of the month. But I was in danger of turning my pleasure garden into a place of anything but pleasure right now.
For those who don’t know, The Palace is the only kind of flattish land we have on our 10 acres beside the sea, other than the land the house and vegetable garden is on. So over time I want to develop this flattish strip of land into something amazing. And I have high ambitions – hence the building of an enormous rock for this first garden. When you have big land, you need big features.
The concept behind The Palace was to kind of treat the strip of land like one of those palaces like Versailles or the ‘modern’ part of Hampton Court. In these palaces, the royal chambers are all on one floor and instead of each room coming off a common corridor, you have to go through each room to get to the next. I want to create a series of garden rooms that have a path running through them so to get from one end to the other you need to pass through all of the garden rooms. The other distinct feature is each room in the real palaces are all very different from each other and adorned in bright colours and so with my palace garden each room will be very different in style, colour, design, although at this point, I haven’t figured out all the details.
It is going to be fabulous, but I will take it one garden at a time, I’m only one person and a Hubby the Un-Gardener and we are no longer spring chickens. The thing is, I’ve been writing about my gardening journey thanks to the kindness of the good people at Kiwi Gardener magazine and am really enjoying sharing my story and my garden wouldn’t be what it is today without the constantly looming deadlines for another article. It keeps me motivated and creative and good things happen.
Although this first room in The Palace has pushed me beyond my limits. I underestimated how long it would take to finish it, and after working on it almost every day for months, I honestly thought I’d be done by now. But I’m not. I was working to this self-imposed deadline, to the point of laying brick paving by the light of the moon. But nothing else was being done.
With the start of August at the end of the week, it was a realization that spring is closer than I thought, and I need to shift focus and rejiggle some deadlines. By extending the story of The Palace I can begin multitasking again and so my days will be spread more evenly with garden preparation, ticking things off the ‘to-do’ list, getting in more writing and a couple of other projects I had honestly thought I’d have done by now but was completely misguided.
The decision to make some changes has lifted a weight off my shoulders and the thought of days of varied activities and small tasks ticked off has put a skip back in my step and I can allow the spring fever to begin to creep in. I just need the weather to be nice to me so I can get many things done.
Come again soon – midwinter is almost behind us!
Sarah the Gardener : o)