21st June 2021.
9pm: I’m in a hurry to spend time in the garden to savour the longest evening, so I’ll be as brief as I can.
It felt like today would never come. April and May were horrifically cold, but everything is catching up very quickly. My regular Six-on-Saturday articles are showing the garden to be in good shape.
Today, I just want to wish everyone well, and for myself, I’m wishing that my high motivation for garden writing will continue for many a day. I write to share my motivation, yet it’s primarily therapeutic. It’s my magic medicine.
I am intrigued by writers who garden and gardeners who write. The pen and the trowel are not interchangeable, but seem often linked.Marta McDowell
We enjoyed a few beers in the garden last week, and I decided not to dispose of the bottle(s). I’ll let it be as is for a while.
I love everything from The Far Side. I’ve purchased the entire Gary Larson collection recently and laugh myself silly (sillier, I’m told!) on a regular basis. I’m interpreting the above in the light of a hopeful emergence from the Covid pandemic. May laughter and joy be yours wherever you are.
Last year I wrote about a special cycling event I completed with my friend Declan:
“Summer Solstice is a time of year for celebration as our Northern gardens are in tip-top shape. Not really a time associated with feeling depressed. I choose to highlight this aspect of The Longest Day and make some sort of a link to my garden. I worked as a volunteer with my local Samaritans’ Centre for three years after I retired. In light of this, my six this week will highlight plants that do not thrive. They struggle along, despite my best attention to them. They are definitely not the star of the show, not the top dog in the border nor the scented rose. Their struggle becomes almost invisible to those of us who do not look beyond the joy of pleasing plants.” Here’s the link to the full article.
Happy Summer Solstice to all.
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