Sometimes the thing that I love about gardening is just the simplicity of it.
When there is Children Chaos , Domestic Sluttery, a pile of ironing stretching into next week (and that’s after weeding out what I can get away without ironing – and I aim high )and not enough wine left from last night to make a full glass , I do the gardening equivalent of I Am Walking Out Of The Door And I Am Never Coming Back. I bugger off (Return of the Potty Mouth , Mark Morris Eat Your Heart Out)down to the bottom of the garden, to the greenhouse, to indulge in an hour or two of Potting Up.
Yes, I know what you are thinking. Sweet Jesus, (you are thinking)is this what constitutes a thrill in this poor woman’s existence ? I don’t blame you . I am sort of thinking this myself.
But some days it is, yes.I don’t get out much. I’m still in the Kid Tunnel.
Today I potted on (up, same thing) some baby hollyhocks. I get a bit maternal towards my seedlings. I like to give them all a chance. Even the crap ones.I get a bit cross with hollyhocks as they take a year before they decide to flower. I like them because they remind me of tissue paper flowers , like we used to make in the infants.
The beauty of Potting Up is that it doesn’t require much thought or effort. After a day spent schlepping around that muddy domestic maze that takes me back to exactly where I started from – well, a bit of mindless potting up is a Fine Thing Indeed.
I was thinking, when I was potting up the baby hollyhocks, that I am (definately) a Nerd. I was thinking that I often really like nerds.I have met a few in my time.Once I fell in love with one.They have Hidden Depths.
Gardening, Ornithology (don’t),and Information Technology are all fine Nerd stomping grounds. As are : War Games, Collecting Fantasy Figures and Train Spotting but No Thankyou. I must be a Nature Nerd then.
I wish that I had come out as a Nerd when I was much younger. So many wasted years . Huey Lewis (and his News)said that it is Hip To Be Square .That must be right then.I’m with Huey, and His News.
Potting Up : It’s Brilliant.