Time moves on !

So it is now 15 months since I started this blog. What has changed ?

Well as before I explained that I am on a journey. A journey of self discovery that has led me to a world of horticulture. Up until 2009, I had never really given any thought or appreciation to tree’s, plants, or flowers, but what I have learnt over the last 2 years has compelled me to move forward to a period of education I have not really experienced before. It is my 38th birthday tomorrow, and after much deliberation have decided to start a Foundation Degree in horticulture and garden design at the beginning of October.

From my own personal perspective, I am amazed at the activity that occurs in the physiological plant world without intervention from man. Someone suggested to me, that if all the plants and animals died, human life would be insustainable, yet if all the humans died out, plants and animals would not be effected. In this extreme circumstance, why is it, that plants without mental thought can survive yet we, as humans cannot. The reason for plants is simple. All plants are reliant on their own individual ‘DNA’ and their ability to not deviate from what they are instructed to do according to that ‘DNA’. From the formation of the plant from seed right through to flowering and re-seeding, the path is entirely mapped out from start to finish !

I may have mentioned before that the pages on this blog are intended to help others and obviously myself. I am a relatively new gardener always interested in hearing other peoples experiences and achievements, positives and negatives surrounding pest and disease, weed control, design, plant suitability, basically, if it goes on in the garden… I am interested…

The pictures you see on this blog site all come from one location, a garden I look after privately, for a client who is also fascinated with the way nature works. I have been here for 2 and a half years now seeing many changes in that time. Originally, I came here as a sub-contractor (gardener) on behalf of a friend, yet he moved on and the contract became mine in July 2010. It has been an interesting year overall being in charge of such a high impact garden, lots of issues surrounding pest and disease, plant diversity, irrigation issues that have since been resolved. I’ve also been given permission to invest in machinery this year as the present equipment has had its best years… (RIP Countax 600)

Anyway, over the coming months I am hoping that this blog will act as a point of reference for not just my own studies but maybe others as well. It will act as a tool to help me record progress, solve issues in the garden relating to pest and disease, encourage feedback in reviewing planting plans or selection, and much more depending on your interaction.

So, wishing you a happy weekend,

Kind regards

The Lone Gardener

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About The Lone Gardener

About me, well so much i could tell you ??? I am now in my late 30's having had up to now an interested and varied life. Started out my working life as a chef immediately after finishing school in 1990. This gave the opportunity to travel extensively between the ages of 19-30, working in a variety of european countries. A long period was spent in the Canary islands, Tenerife where I worked as a waiter in a golf resort. I have also lived in Spain, France, Switzerland, Scotland, and driven the width of America twice. This was my most memorable experience journeying from Orlando across Interstate-10 to San Diego, up Route 1 to San Francisco and then across to Death Valley, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, through Little Rock and then back to Orlando via New Orleans. The whole journey (7500 miles) took 3 weeks and gave me the opportunity to achieve many dreams, watching the sun come up at the Grand Canyon was the best !!! (Will write a blog at a later date ??) I have now settled for a while to prepare for my future which has involved a total career change. I work as a self-employed gardener having set up my business 2 years ago in the height of recession. I recently finished college attaining an RHS Level II Certificate in Horticulture and have to be honest I have finally found something to do in life which is a passion rather than a chore. I have slowly built up my clientele and look after approx 15 small gardens, 2 commercial sites, and a 2 acre garden. I am really enjoying my work at the moment and encourage anyone who is not happy in their job to consider a change into the world of horticulture. The big plan is to eventually move to Spain or Portugal (ten years time) and continue working in a climate that is more akin to my sensitivity... I HATE THE COLD! I am also very interested in Buddhism, having read Bhagavad Gita. If you want to understand life you have to understand yourself and this book amongst others, helped me immensely in discovering that spiritual pleasure is much more satisfying than material gain, and it also gave me the insight necessary to make decisions about what is important. I have also done a course on Kundalini Yoga, which is a yoga designed to help the energy flow through the body and remove any blockages in the chakras. So here you see some of my main influences and these are some of the topics that i will be discussing and sharing on my blog site. I invite you to share and comment on any of my posts, sensible, intelligent advice is always warmly received. Thanks for your time, Love and happiness TLG
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One Response to Time moves on !

  1. traceygrace says:

    Wow. Great to hear what you are up to. Happy birthday and I hope you enjoy your course. I am wondering what the next part of my journey is. It is newly spring over here so i am just coming out of a bit of a winter hibernation period. Love to you. Tracey Grace.

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