A lot of time has been spent in the garden this week so I thought it would be appropriate to make it my Five on Friday. What does the garden mean to me? It is hard to define but I know I would struggle to live without a garden, so it is pretty important.
The beginning of the week was bright and sunny and many flowers opened in the sunshine.
On Wednesday it was much cloudier and cold and it was almost as if the flowers decided they were not coming out to play.
The Sweet Sultan only partially opened
and the hardy osteospernum remained tightly closed.
There is something very inspiring about buds ready to burst into flower.
Promise of delights to come.
These two clematis are just ready to unfurl their petals and reveal their beauty
So my Five this Friday are the feelings and emotions evoked by my garden.
Peace and Tranquility - a place to escape to from day to day frustrations to restore the soul.
Safety - as I have become less mobile the garden has become a safe place to be outside. Also plants just are, there do not judge what you can and cannot do.
Pleasure - an enjoyable space to spend time with friends and family.
Hope - the cycle of life, renewal and rebirth in the Spring
Happiness - a bit like number 3, but that moment of seeing something new like a flower you don't remember planting or a bird enjoying the birdbath that brings a smile to your face.
I have been watching the TV coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower show this week and the artist Grayson Perry was a guest one evening. He described the garden as
"a meditation on mortality",
which sums it up perfectly for me.
Joining with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday