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Bitten by the gardening bug

March 23, 2017
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Don’t be alarmed, but just recently I have been bitten by the ‘Gardening Bug’.  If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook you will have seen photographic evidence.  I am OK!  It’s true that I have had massive doses of natural Vitamin D, spent time in the great outdoors and nature which may have enhanced my mood, done physical activity that may have burned some calories, and am now suffering some very sore muscles, but I am resilient.  I will bounce back – eventually!

Most people get bitten by the gardening bug in Spring.  Not me!  I always have to be different.  I get the gardening bug in Autumn.  I enjoy gardening and watering, looking out on a pretty garden and all that stuff, but summers are far too hot and humid in Brisbane for me to cope with gardening, apart from some watering in an attempt to keep things alive.  Therefore, my garden tends to suffer in summer and look rather terrible, so once it cools down a bit, I’m back out there trying to restore some order.  Here’s some recent photographic evidence that I’ve been bitten by the ‘Gardening Bug’ (phone pics from Instagram):

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pot plants, plants, flowers, petunias, snapdragons

Flowers, potted plants, plants, begonias, pot plants,

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gardening, garden, pruning, palms, plants,

There is still much to do.  The ‘Gardening Bug’ still runneth through my veins!  I bought a water feature to set up where our pond used to be (has been filled in).  There are more pots wanting plants, there are gaps in the garden that need filling, more plants to be pruned, and..and..and!!

All jokes aside, gardening is actually very good for you!  Here’s five (5) reasons why, but there are even more:

  1. It gets you moving.  Without even realising it (because you’re doing something you hopefully enjoy) you are squatting up and down giving your legs a good work out and you’re digging in the soil working out those arms, as well as many other muscles throughout your body.  You can burn calories while your garden – win/win!
  2. It clears your head and enhances your mood Getting outdoors, disconnecting from technology, and connecting with the earth does wonders for the mind, mood, and your creativity.
  3. It reduces stress.  You will find yourself begin to relax as nature has a way of bringing with it a sense of peace and calm.  Immersing yourself in nature is a natural relaxer and boosts those endorphins, helping you become more grounded, centered and relaxed.
  4. Gardening strengthens your immune system.  While you’re outdoors basking in the sun, you’ll also soak up plenty of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. In turn, calcium helps keep your bones strong and your immune system healthy.
  5. Gardening allows you to enter an altered state of consciousness – similar to that obtained in yoga, jogging or meditation.  It’s a zone where problems and worries are cast aside as nature and the earth work their wonders on your spiritual health.

Here’s some photographic evidence that the ‘Gardening Bug’ gets me at this same time of year, every year.  These photographs were taken in very early April 2015.

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garden, gardening, nature, plant, plants

garden, gardening, nature, plant, plants

garden, gardening, nature, plant, plants

garden, gardening, nature, plant, plants

garden, gardening, nature, plant, plants

garden, gardening, nature, plant, plants

garden, gardening, nature, plant, plants

 

So folks – BEWARE of the bite of the ‘Gardening Bug’.  It strikes most people in Spring.  It strikes me in Autumn, but in reality it can strike at any time of the year!  Once bitten – you are at risk of healthy activity that may benefit you not only physically but mentally and spiritually too.  Brace yourself, you may feel ….. mood enhanced, energised, satisifed, relaxed and GOOD afterwards.  I know!!

Do you ever get bitten by the gardening bug?  Do you enjoy gardening?  Are you one who likes looking out on a lovely garden but don’t enjoy doing the actual gardening?  Maybe you like the hosing and watering part (it can be so relaxing)?

Ciao for now,

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  • Lydia C. Lee March 23, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Anything that enhances your mood has to be good! (but I’m not much of a gardener…)

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      That is true (what you said first – not that you’re not much of a gardener LOL)!

  • Nikki @ Wonderfully Women March 23, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I always love gardening, just don’t always have enough time. 🌸

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      I know what you mean!

  • Kathy Marris March 23, 2017 at 6:59 am

    No the gardening bug hasn’t bitten me yet! I used to love gardening when the kids were little. We would spend quality time together weeding, planting and pruning, but those days have sadly passed. The house we live in now has little garden, bar a small garden around the swimming pool. Now and again I like to potter in this garden. I can definitely see the benefits however of gardening and I do appreciate beautiful gardens. πŸ™‚

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      The house we live in now doesn’t have much of a garden to play in either. The backyard is mostly pool and surrounded in palm trees. It’s the front yard where I can have a bit of play. My previous house had loads of garden – all created by me when I was younger and fitter! πŸ˜‰

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life March 23, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I used to be bitten by the gardening bug all year round but ever since we got our bunnies two or so years ago my gardening bug has left me because the bunnies eat EVERYTHING!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Oh bunnies are so cute! We’re not allowed to have bunnies here in Qld!

  • Jo@JoSimplyWill March 23, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Min I agree that gardening puts you into a different (and good) state of consciousness. It’s a moving mindfulness. It’s never all done though is it, and I find that once I start doing a garden tidy up it’s very hard to stop. As we are having lots of rain in the south-east corner currently, you could throw in some pumpkin seeds and sweet potato cuttings and be harvesting food for roasts, curries, and soups come winter. Beautiful photography!

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      You’re right Jo – it’s never all done! There’s always something that needs doing in the garden. Thanks for the compliment on the photography! πŸ™‚

  • Sue March 23, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I’ve been totally enjoying your Instagram posts Min and you are inspiring me. I’m am not a ‘green thumb’ at all but you inspired me to put a visit to Bunnings Garden centre on my list for some lovely pots and flowers. Loved all your images so keep them coming.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Have fun at Bunnings Sue! I’m glad I’ve inspired you to get some nice pots and flowers. They’ll bring you so much joy! πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa March 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I won a book last year ‘grow just one thing’ and I’d love to get into it but still haven’t. One day…

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Start small with some pot plants and see how good they make you feel! πŸ™‚

  • Chris March 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Now’s a great time to be out in the garden now the heat of summer is gone . Good on you

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks Chris. Sure is a good time – though it’s still a bit hot for me to be honest! lol

  • Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama March 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I’m an Autumn gardener too Min! Just planted out some beans and zucchini, and got a pot of chrysanthemums for colour πŸ™‚

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Yay for Autumn gardening Janet! Good on you for some productive veggie planting! I have an area for a little bit of that out the back but I haven’t got to that yet. Still working on the front! πŸ™‚

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au March 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I love gardens and flowers (I even have a Pinterest board devoted to them) but I am not a green thumb. My motto seems to be “I tried…..it died” and my kids laugh about my grey thumb sending plants to heaven. Our garden is full of very resilient plants that survive without too much intervention!

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      LOL I tried … it died. Must say that has been the case for me too when it comes to my front garden. It’s been a battle. We have a huge big leopard tree on the footpath that takes all the nutrients so I’m struggling to find things that will like it out there. Some have done well. Some have died. It’s been a bit hit and miss! Love a happy, healthy, thriving looking garden though – so I’ll keep trying! πŸ™‚

  • Jo March 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Loved your reasons for gardening and it’s absolutely true that it’s really good for you. All that bending and lifting and being in the open air. I also think as we get older that we need to watch creation at large and revel in things growing, burgeoning and dying. It become appropriate to nurture and grow things. Your pics made me want to get right out into the garden now! #teamlovinlife

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Yes Jo, so true! As I’ve gotten older I really do notice things more and I do enjoy nature much more and love watching as you put it ‘creation at large and reveling in things growing, burgeoning and dying’. Perhaps it’s the whole cycle of life thing we become more aware of – I’m not sure. Maybe you’ve caught the gardening bug too now?! lol

  • Sanchie @ Living my Imperfect Life March 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I must confess I kill everything I grow. I used to try and grow herbs in the balcony but managed to even kill mint! Now we have a backyard with space for some veggie patches but I’ve not been bitten by the gardening bug just yet. I really should though at some point.

    • Min March 23, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      You should give the veggie patch idea a go Sanch – it’d be so satisfying to grow your own veggies – in more ways than one. Find out what you need to know to keep what you grow alive and healthy and then go for it. πŸ™‚

  • JODIE FILOGOMO March 23, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Only once have I been bitten, and it was all about the shopping for the plants!! I love the shopping part. It was once we got home and actually had to do the work, that I became allergic—ha ha!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Min March 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      I like the shopping part and the watering part and the admiring part. I used to enjoy the ‘doing’ part a lot more than I do now but still do enjoy ‘light’ gardening just not so much the heavier work! πŸ™‚

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit March 24, 2017 at 4:34 am

    I am soooooo not a gardener, but I do love taking photos in gardens and your pics are divine! That lady bug!!!
    #teamlovinlife

    • Min March 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      I love photo’s in the garden too. I adore ladybugs! πŸ™‚

  • Sydney Shop Girl March 24, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I’m back in the garden too! Nothing fancy though. Just raking and maintaining the lawn It is therapuetic being out there in the fresh air, isn’t it?

    SSG xxx

    • Min March 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Yes it is! Raking and maintaining is very satisfying πŸ™‚ xo

  • Alexa April 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I LoVE gardening and being amongst nature, today being an example. …beautiful weather today after a soggy week and another soggy front coming. I visited Mt Annan Botanical garden for a dose of nature and beauty but via my iPhone photos and the price of a cup of coffee from their cafe. It was just five minutes from home …bliss and therapeutic

    • Min April 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Your trip to the botanical gardens for some nature, photo’s and a cup of coffee sounds like the perfect day out to me Alexa! πŸ™‚