Grateful for a garden…

August 19, 2012

Well we’re home from our long trip away, the garden is a mass of chickweed, flowering vegetables and overgrown borders, but there is a lot to eat.

Vegetable Baket

Dinner: Potatoes, Kale, Courgettes, Mange Tout, Garlic, Carrots

I wont list how everything is doing in the vegetable beds, suffice to say there’s a fair bit of weeding and tidying to be done now we’re home.

Polytunnel - August 2012

For all the blue sky and hot sun, I’ve missed my garden. The flowers, the lush green grass we take for granted and sometimes complain about when it can’t be mowed due to the rain. I’ve missed the peace, the birdsong and the utter quiet at night-time. I’m grateful for everything the garden provides us with, whether it’s stunning blooms or oversized courgettes.

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

Hydrangia Macrophylia 'Selma'

Hydrangea Macrophylia ‘Selma’

Am I alone in my wistful musings? Do you miss your garden when you’re away or even  give it a second thought?



  • Reply Lorna August 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    We used to consider the garden in our holiday planning a bit but now it’s the whole farm!

    • Reply greensideupveg August 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

      I can imagine Lorna! Must be nigh on impossible to get away with that many animals! Is there such a thing as farm swap or farm sitters?

  • Reply Margaret August 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I really miss the garden when we’re away and I’m always sad to leave it. But it’s great to come back and see how it’s grown even if it is with weeds:)

    • Reply greensideupveg August 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

      I guess taking a break shouldn’t influence our decisions on when we take our holidays Margaret. However, this is our second year heading away during the summer (and prime harvesting) months and it’s difficult not to feel wistful about the crops we’ve missed out on. This year it was mostly fruit as I deliberately didn’t sow as much knowing that we would be away. A break certainly does make you appreciate it though 🙂

  • Reply ayearinredwood August 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I always found it difficult to leave the garden when everything was in abundance! It’s been a while since we’ve had a holiday…. so tis one less worry now 🙂

    • Reply greensideupveg August 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Holidays… such mixed blessings Margaret! Last year saw our first holiday away with the children in anything other than a tent and this time away was both welcome but unavoidable. I don’t take time away for granted either as none of us can be sure when we’ll have the opportunity again. But yes, if there has to be a plus side of not taking a break its the lack of stress from trying to organise it!

  • Reply La Vie en Rose August 31, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Welcome home! I’m sure you must be glad to get back to your lovely garden and all that lovely veg!!! That quote is sooo true! I love going away but I love coming home even more! I used to miss the garden when we went on holidays for two weeks but the last few years we go for a week at a time or less so not so much now. Once when we went for a month the place was like a jungle when we got back!!


    • Reply greensideupveg September 1, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Sharon and see my latest post on Celebrating the Ordinary – Supermarkets to see how the garden’s doing!


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