Welcome to your Healing Gardens with some suggestions on how I can make your special piece of the Earth even more enjoyable and restful for you.
It is a seasonal suggestions list.
Fluttering light invisible on to longings,
Singing above green wheat
Too young to be waved by travelling winds,
Beside long, undulating trains of hawthorn,
Puffing their way to summer.
Luminous descending, you show
How to fall when singing,
How to sing when falling,
One wing at a time,
Spiralling in control,
To earth again.
22nd April 2015
I have found that one of the keys to a good, considered garden (which should never look designed), is for the gardener, me, to use his ears well.
To listen to the ideas - usually not fully formed, and the desires you have, the owners of the garden, for your piece of land.
And to advise and suggest within these ideas and outside these ideas too.
Even a few hurried conversations between us can reap a rich harvest of ideas that can be put into practice.
Sensitivity to your unmade garden dreams is very important.
As many of you know, the enjoyable time I spend doing the basic gardening tasks for you, such as weeding, cutting, mowing, give me the chance to get to know your gardens well, and to build up a relationship with you, too, so that a good, exciting plan for your garden develops naturally and at the right pace.
I am also happy to do any research you might require, and my many years of being the Chief Researcher for Dorling Kindersley Books, Children's Division,has given me great expertise in this field, and it is something that I really enjoy.
Gardening those vegies
|Framed ... The open air life suits Robert, and what he effects out in the open air is an open secret to his garden clients. - Photo by Gully Graham|
Although it is always nice to leave a library (cyber or otherwise) for a garden!
As many of you know, I very much enjoy growing vegetables with flowers, and some of you are now enjoying produce from your own low maintenance vegetables each year - your own harvest festivals, to help ground you after a tough city day, perhaps.
It seems strange that seeds are either called Flower Seeds or Vegetable Seeds when a vegetable usually offers both and something to eat as well.
Some of the colours of these vegetables can be quite stunning. A whole world of colours and shapes are available for you to enjoy.
The nutritional aspect of your own organic produce are beneficial for all of you too. All details of my vegetable gardening services are to be found in the virtual allotment section.
Perhaps your Virtual Allotment can bring you some pleasure as you sit at your desk. Join me in the fields when you can't feel the weather.
Friends met in your garden
I have met some terribly interesting friends in your gardens, and these poems celebrate these interesting characters; meetings take place every gardening day!
So I hope you enjoy taking advantage of these services, it will be a pleasure to do the work for you at, as most of you know, very reasonable rates.
Wishing you contented and healing times on your piece of the Earth.
Local but with global vision!
Many thanks to two special people for the appreciated artwork, the insects by Gully Graham, and 'Kind bird' and 'A city garden' by Janet Allis.