Gardening Inspiration And Aggravation
The garden can be inspiring thing but at the same time can be aggravating but overall I would say the overall satisfaction that the garden gives is priceless. Besides the feel good factor you get being in the garden by adding in some garden buildings such as sheds or summerhouses enhances the experience for you. And whilst in those delightful garden buildings there is a often a ‘light bulb’ moment,
Any moment of inspiration is always an exciting thing. You come up with an idea and then build upon it and get wrapped up and involved. There is much enthusiasm and anticipation as you develop your idea and put all the pieces together. As you move along the whole project envelopes you and the excitement builds. Working in a garden can be exhilarating but it is like everything else it has it’s ups and downs. Everything is going along smoothly then things start to fall apart.
This is were the aggravation part starts to set in. When things are not going well it can quickly get to you. At this point as the frustration builds it is time to step back and regroup. The biggest challenges are sometimes simple to overcome if you just take a breather and re-analyse where you are at. Generally it means you need to re-think your plans and see if you can come up with a solution to whatever it is that is proving to be a stumbling block.
I have on many occasions run into this and believe me the best solution is to take a moment and then start again. I have tried to get something to grow and in spite of best efforts time after time the plant material will hang in for a while and then finally just give up the ghost. While you may not be able to grow the desired plant you just need to find something that will work in that area. Often times this results in a big surprise as the substitute actually fits better and is much more spectacular than what you had initially envisioned.
On many occasions unforeseen conditions are the culprit. This usually means that once you start digging you run into ledge rock or old foundations or some other obstacle that makes it fiscally impossible to do the work and stay within a reasonable budget. At this point you may need to go back to the drawing board and see what you can do to work around the problem. While certainly it is aggravating you can most certainly turn any problem into a positive, it depends a lot on your attitude as well as your willingness to be flexible.
I had this problem back in 1979 when I wanted to build a garden shed. I got as far as the roof and it wouldn’t fit. Whatever I did it would not go. So I decided to sleep on it. The following morning my wife suggested the base might not be level. I felt ‘right’ but when I raised one of the corners of the floor the roof slipped on – just like that. So it’s always worth leaving a problem and coming back at a later time or day.
Gardening is full of surprises and it can be a great source of inspiration as well. If you find that there is no way around the obstacle then it may be time to redesign the project to fit the conditions. Challenges such as these have led me to new and interesting products and ideas. This is what is so exciting about gardening. You have a chance to learn something new and try things you never have. I always seem to find something new and unusual and it never ceases to amaze me. I think the best way to sum it up is, ” The more I do the more I learn and as I learn the more I grow!”
More More More More More More More More More More More