We read and hear all the time about how important it is to have a place to sit in the garden.
So we dutifully go out and get some outdoor chairs and benches for the garden.
We read further that the seating should be placed where someone is likely to want to sit and rest a bit, preferably in the shade and where there is a good view of the garden.
So we scurry about the garden going from corner to corner, from one end to the other, looking around at each place where there might be room for a bench or a few chairs, trying to decide “is this a good place to sit?”
Finally, we choose places that seem like good rest spots, set up our benches and chairs, and sit in them for a minute to make sure they really do offer good views of the garden.
Then we get up and proceed about the business of weeding, pruning, watering, etc., never to return and actually sit in those places again.
May I have a show of hands if this seems to remind you of anyone you know? Is this what you do in your garden?
My personal theory, based on years of observing my own behavior, is that most gardeners spend very little time actually sitting in their own gardens.
Or, if they do sit in their gardens, it is far from a relaxing experience. After all, if they are sitting where they have a good view of the garden, they are also sitting where they will notice all the weeding, pruning, and watering that needs to be done.
So after a jittery few minutes of sitting and looking at the garden, the urge becomes too overwhelming, and the gardener has to get up and pull that weed, prune back that errant branch or get some water for that plant that looks like it will surely die in the next five minutes if it doesn’t get some water!
Am I right? How much time do you spend sitting in your garden?
(Do you know when a gardener can relax in a garden?
When it isn’t their garden, of course. )