Gardens in a coronavirus lockdown
As I am writing this, we are enjoying a beautiful spring day. Blue skies, warm sunshine, light winds…and an eerie silence because we are just about to begin our second week of coronavirus lockdown.
These are strange times indeed. The word ‘unprecedented’ has become part of our everyday lexicon and the vast majority of us are trying to adapt to a new normality of spending at least 23 hours a day at home. Some of us are trying to work remotely, some of us have been furloughed (another word that most of us had never heard or used before), and some of us are trying to home-school our children for the first time.
Some people adapt to change more readily than others, but amongst the challenges and worries of such a difficult situation, there are plenty of things for us to be grateful for. We are, for example, seeing the best of our society and our community. Who doesn’t have a renewed sense of appreciation and respect for our NHS, our teachers and our other frontline workers?
I, for one, am also grateful to be able to spend some unexpected time with my family. This is a blessing, even if it does occasionally require massive levels or patience and understanding!
I have to say that I am also feeling incredibly fortunate to have a garden. This is not just because it gives us a little bit more space or somewhere for the children to play, but because it is helping me to gain a better sense of perspective.
Last year, it was reported that “scientists had found that spending two hours a week in nature is linked to better health and wellbeing” and some doctors were trialling ‘green prescriptions’. An article on the British Medical Association’s website quotes Dr Maudsley, a GP from the Shetlands as saying: “It’s not just to do with exercise and fresh air…if you go out you are paying attention to what is going on around you rather than just what is in your own head and what you take out there yourself, you can see things and notice the way things are happening in nature. That takes you out of yourself and you can end up feeling better about things.”
At this time of the year this is even more pronounced. Our gardens are so full of hope and promise, and a reminder that change is part of the seasons and our natural life cycle. Trees are blossoming, spring bulbs are providing colour and cheer, and there are fresh shoots and new leaves all around us. Yes, winter may have seemed long, wet, dark and cold, but spring is here now, and things will already look and feel better.
If we need a metaphor for our current troubled times, then surely we could do a lot worse than look to our gardens this springtime?
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