It is quite often a sad truth that gardener’s do not take a brake from all the planting and tending to enjoy the view. The type of person to take up gardening is probably a factor in this sombre reality. For a lazy person would most definitely be attracted to getting their hands dirty, exerting both mental and physical energy on a regular basis, just to create a pretty space. To grow things is an act of love in my opinion, and raising plants, trees, fruit or veg should be reflected upon from time to time just as raising children should be done on a regular basis.
The hard work of a gardener should be applauded, and the diligent work should be commended. So gardeners treat yourself to something in the garden that is all for you, a seat of some sort. I believe the type of seating should reflect the nature of the individual, and in my case I chose a hammock. Not sure why I have never thought to write about its importance in my outdoor living space before, but at least I have finally arrived at the moment. Better late than never, I know.
I have made a pact with myself to lie in my hammock at least once a week, during the warmer months. Everyone should have a pretty bench, tree swing, tree stump, or whatever they fancy to go to and reflect upon their labour. To sweeten the draw I am growing topiaries on either side of the hammock. That’s just another thing I wanted to do anyway, as I haven’t trained one in years. So, when I make my way over to maintain the holly topiaries, I then follow by relaxing for as long as suits me that day in the hammock. Do what you must to entice you to spend that downtime in your special seat, it truly is productive, as long as you place it in a spot that allows you to see the fruits of your labour.
Just keep in mind that once you have completed the task of selecting the object of choice to call yours, and then decorating the surrounding space as you wish that its moment has not passed. The underlying purpose is to use it consistently. No excuses you overachievers. Trust me, you will be amazed at what you observe from this vantage point. Expect to have moments of clarity over what to plant next season, or the realisation that you should replace the border you no longer are so fond of with some tulips.