My easter weekend has been spent in the garden …. not in the bright beautiful sunshine you see in these pictures, but beneath a menacing grey sky. If you had stopped by you would have found me in muddy boots, wearing an old ‘gardening’ coat, either ankle deep in the compost heap or planting like crazy, and telling the plants to hang in there, because the sun is about to come out.
Any of you who garden will know about these moments. This is the very unglamorous side of gardening, when your back aches, your fingernails are dirty, and you lose track of time as you trundle compost across the lawn, and coax young plants into their new homes for the summer ahead.
So why do we do it?…. because in our obsessive gardeners mind, we don’t worry unnecessarily about the mud, or the untamed roses, or the first sign of weeds that need to be pulled. We take care of the necessary tasks quite mechanically because we already have the vision of the happy season just around the corner!
Every year I try to do something new in the garden, and it is that vision that keeps me full of energy and drive. A garden is created by layering up the ideas. By inventing a new feature one year, that will be part of the background the following year and so on.
In the meantime, these pictures are from my entertaining book. They were shot when the magnolia was in full flower, and illuminating the whole garden with its pink white glow.
I hope you have had a fun weekend wherever you are, and that your gardening projects will bring you much joy in the year ahead.
All photos by Franck Schmitt for the book, My French Country Home, Entertaining through the Seasons