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Lately I have been going through some personal issues and have taken solice in both my small little garden, as well as looking at the beautiful growing things in everyone elses gardens. It is nice to get lost in the moving of soil as well as the green leaves and blossoms that eventually rise to make our world a little more happy. How has gardening helped your soul?
 
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I hope everything works out for you Rosyrain. I find it connects me with my inner child, you know playing in the dirt and all. It just brings me to a happy place.
 
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Gardening has helped me about the same way it has helped you. I can get so lost in planting a seed, and getting my hands dirty. I also enjoy watching earthworms crawl around, doing their job. LOL I suspect we're made that way, because everyone I know is somewhat soothed and refreshed by some form of gardening.
 
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I am the same too. It really nice to have a place to get away and relax. When I'm planting or even just watering my flowers and garden that's my "me" time. Plus, its nice to prove my husband wrong when my flowers or vegetables flourish!! :p .
 
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Mentally I find it relaxing, there's nothing like being out in the fresh air and working with nature. :)

Working in the garden is a place to escape and switch off from everything else in our day to day lives. Doctors here are now 'prescribing' gardening to help many health issues.
 
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I too find gardening a great refuge. The harder I work, the more I am distracted from my stresses.

I have a very dear friend who suffered a massive stroke last October. Every day at the hospital for three months then, coordinating his tranfer to a new accommodation, hoyer lift., wheelchair, nursing, plus taking care of his flat have made me very much appreciate getting outside and digging or anything that doesn't insist on making me think too hard!
 
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Gardening is such a great hobby. There are always expectations.
 
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I find gardening to be a great therapist. It can distract me from worries and sadness when needed and also gives me pleasure, a sense of achievement, wonderment and a work out. When I am watering the garden the rainbow that appears in the shower connects me to my mum who passed away 15 years ago. I'm new at gardening and I know she IS very impressed!!!! It's a comforting feeling, not a sad one. I'm sure being out in the weather come rain, hail or shine......perhaps not hail, is good for us all.
 
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I too find gardening a great refuge. The harder I work, the more I am distracted from my stresses.

I have a very dear friend who suffered a massive stroke last October. Every day at the hospital for three months then, coordinating his tranfer to a new accommodation, hoyer lift., wheelchair, nursing, plus taking care of his flat have made me very much appreciate getting outside and digging or anything that doesn't insist on making me think too hard!
I'm sure your garden is a great help to you. Hope things settle for your friend.
 

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Been helping me a lot recently.

Had a bit of a breakdown as some of you already know.
 
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Been helping me a lot recently.

Had a bit of a breakdown as some of you already know.


Sorry to hear that Zigs. My father went through shock treatments in the bad old days. Thank goodness people ar now aware of just how many share these periods of depression. Been there myself years ago.

Breakdowns only happen to caring people.
 
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((zigs))

I don't enjoy house work, but playing in the garden makes me feel connected with Everything. Getting grubby, watching and tending growing things, finding bugs and tree frogs and other living things that I would never have noticed otherwise is all very soul-satisfying to me. It's very mindful and in-the-moment.

Also it rocks when I can eat and share stuff I grow. :)
 
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Lately, nothing has been helping me. I'm going through a really hard time now.
However, I remember when a new miniature rose was enough to make me jump from happiness. Taking care of plants can be very rewarding and relaxing.
 
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I'm bipolar and go through periods of depression, followed by periods of mild mania. Either way, my husband always tells me that buying plants "is cheap therapy". And he's right. It does cost a lot less than a therapist, and does about 100 times more good for me.

I like to surround myself in beauty - whether it's nature or man made. Gardening kind of combines the two - I plan and design a garden and plant it, water it, feed it, nurture it. Then nature takes over and produces such beautiful things.

Working in the garden is good for my mind, looking at it is good for my soul.
 
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Enjoy your gardens everyone, it will give you pleasure, comfort and doesn't answer back when you want to escape the world around you. :)
 
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This is what I am seeing from my workroom window these past few days.

It is called a snow cloud and is now nearly 25 years old. She was only supposed to grow to 15 feet. This shot is from my second floor!!

Gives me pleasure and I also get to see the birds eating her berries most of the winter.

When the petals fall, it looks like a snow fall and if it is a windy day looks like flurries. Kinda gives you the jumps when it first happens!

Snow Cloud.JPG
 
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Hi Lori. That tree looks stunning. We have a tall palm tree that shimmers in the wind and is beautiful to watch. Yesterday there were several yellow crested black cockatoos about. They're quite large and noises and wonderful to watch. We get lots of white cockatoos which are very noisy and quite destructive. They chew on wood around windows and the glass can actually fall out and destroy balconies so not popular at times. I haven't had too much trouble so I like them, very cheeky hence the saying being cocky. We also have beautiful king parrots and rosellas and of course kookaburras. I love their laugh. Some we can actually hand feed. So many pleasures.
 
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Lately, nothing has been helping me. I'm going through a really hard time now.
However, I remember when a new miniature rose was enough to make me jump from happiness. Taking care of plants can be very rewarding and relaxing.
Sorry you're going through a rough patch Claudine. There are times in your life when you think you'll never smile again but you do. Hang in there
 
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Sorry you're going through a rough patch Claudine. There are times in your life when you think you'll never smile again but you do. Hang in there
Thank you! I keep smiling, because I really don't want to be sad, but it's hard, especially during spring, when everyone and everything else seems so cheerful and relaxed.
I spend a lot of time taking care of my plants and I try not to think too much. It helps:)
 

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