What’s it all for?

My son Antonio recently expressed concern that all my work in the garden might be all for naught. That in the future, when we leave this place and new owners move in, they might take a bobcat to all my labours and reduce it back to nothing but mud in minutes.

When there was nothing

When there was nothing

We have all seen it, the work done by loved ones being undone when new owners come in, and in the case of my grandparent’s front garden, put back similar to how it was before sometime after that. Only the rare garden outlives its owners by decades or centuries.

Sometimes I wonder what a new owner might do, and my main concern is where he or she will erect their large shed, as all people these days seem to want huge sheds alongside their houses. The days of a small collection of sheds down the back of the garden have passed. So I’m hoping future owners will put one where the caravan and vegie patch are, and leave the rest of the garden in tact.

I have had other discouraging moments when I’ve planted trees thinking, “what’s the point, I’m going to be dead before they reach maturity,” but the years are going to pass whether or not I plant trees, so I might as well plant them.

I can also ask Antonio a similar question, “are all those boss battles worth it?”, because to me they aren’t. I chuckle at him sometimes, because he considers Facebook games to be beneath him – a total waste of time, while he, discerning gamer that he is, is actually doing something worthy.

And then I’ll quote Beth Chatto at him and tell him that there is more enjoyment from the achieving, rather than the achievement. Although without the achievements there is no further achieving anyway. One thing I love to do is look at photos of my garden this time last year, or however many  years ago and look how far it’s come in that time. I love to watch plants suddenly take off after 3-5 years of putting down roots. I love seeing the proof that that particular year, I actually finished something!

Just last year.

Just last year.

We have gotten much joy from the improvements that have been made since I really got going early 2011, from the pond, the big slide, watching the cats run along the stone walls, the lovely shade of the carport and verandah, the feeling of safety the came from putting up walls and putting pavers and grey shale over what was once mud. Although even though we no longer step out into mud when it rains here, we still manage to find plenty of mud to step in!

And then there was the comment made by a great lady named Coral I met through the Port Augusta Garden Club; she felt that you would never have a nervous breakdown if you had a garden.







2 responses to this post.

  1. I would love it if your blog had a subscribe via email widget.

    Great post. I did one of those work team personality tests years ago … Not Myers-Briggs but something else. It came out that I was NOT a concluder-producer. That made absolute sense to me because I am more about the process, the journey. The end product is nice but … Trees will grow and it gives such pleasure to watch them. We’ve planted four trees since we moved into our house here 17 years ago, and they are like our babies. We have just removed some of the original trees as we need to redo our front yard from a lawn base one that died many years ago in the drought to s dry landscape one. We are planning to replace the three trees we removed with six or seven new ones. I’m looking forward to watching them grow.


    • Thanks for your comment, and have added widget which I didn’t realize was not there. We have been planting here for 10 years now and lived here almost 7 years. The block was a flat field when we moved to Quorn late 2004! Things take about 5 years to establish before they take off. I have only had to cut things back for the first time last year.


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