In addition to simplifying my home and my stuff, I’m making a conscious effort to slow down my everyday life, spend more time away from the world of technology, and take more time to breathe and watch the world go by. One of the first steps I took to create a simpler life, and to improve my home and environment, was to create a garden. Now I technically have a garden, out the back of my house is a small patio, a patch of grass and a hedge, but not all that more to it. A while back, we added a bird table and found great joy in watching the little birds flying in and out in the mornings. The biggest improvement however, has come from the plants.
I’ve never had much luck with plants. It’s a bit of a standing joke amongst those who know me well in how quickly I can kill a houseplant, and so I was determined to do things a little bit differently this time. I enlisted the help of my lovely mother who is a very skilled gardener, who took me to the local garden centre and helped me pick out plants to go in some tubs on the patio. As we are renting we don’t have that much flexibility when it comes to the garden, but pots and tubs are an easy way around this.
In terms of the plants we chose, I wanted something relatively easy to care fore, and something that would bring a bit more life to our outside space. We found a gorgeously bright orange rose to add colour, and some brilliant purple lavender to add fragrance, as well as to look pretty. The other bits and pieces were smaller trailing plants to fill in the gaps, and some brightly coloured geraniums to fill in the gaps.
I’ve also got a bit of a thing for succulents, and so have planted some up in a pot and made a mini succulent garden. So far, they seem quite happy, and I’m trying my best to look after them.
The wonderful thing about our outdoor additions is that to take care of them, I need to go outside every day, and spend some time in the fresh air tending to them. The simplest of things, but often when you’re stuck in a rut it feels a lot easier to stay on the sofa than to venture out. Heading out onto the patio with my watering can keeps the plants fed and hydrated, and helps me feel a little better through the simple act of going outside. It’s also a great yet simple action that starts my day, once I’ve completed the basic task of watering, I’m more inclined to start on the other things I need to do, and before I know it, I’ve watered the garden, done the washing up, cleaned the kitchen and had my coffee, all before 8am. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but even the introduction of a small pot plant can be a great thing to do, and is a simple way to add a little more joy to your day!