December 11, 2018

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 23.12.2014: Down the Garden Path

And out of the garden gate. This is going to be my last Garden Diary, at least for a while. It’s time to do something else. My most recent piece “In Tune with Nature” got me thinking about writing about music and since I’ll be heavily involved with a music project for the next few months, I’ve begun “Notes Along the Road”, a diary about musical progress.

The garden’s very quiet at the moment, so anyway there’s little to do. Getting on with something else feels a little like that blissful moment when your baby settles to sleep in the day and you can get on with your work. You love the baby, of course, but it’s good to have a few peaceful moments – until he wakes up. Then there’s writing with one hand while rocking the pram with the other….. Maybe when the garden wakes up, it’s going to be a bit like that. Quite demanding, a garden.

I wouldn’t be without it, though. Interesting conversation I had with a musician last week about the link between nature and music in which he talked of ‘taming chaos’. He meant music was taming the chaos of nature but I thought exactly the opposite, it’s nature that is orderly and calms us. As gardeners, working with our own bit of nature, we’re dealing with the reality of biological processes that have been molded over millions of years. And of course we’re not outside of nature, we’re part of it – and that’s what keeps us, literally, grounded. Just stepping out of the door this morning, away from frantic Christmas preparations (including practising all those carols) and into the garden, I felt I was stepping into a saner world. I think I’m going to need it.

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