The Covid-19 pandemic is certainly an unprecedented trying period in everyone's life. Kids are out of school, adults are out of work and life as we knew it is on pause. For many of us, there is much to feel anxious about. Most of us also probably have much more time than we know what to do with.
One of the best ways I know to spend time and relieve anxiety is horticultural therapy, a.k.a. gardening. Gardening has not only proven health benefits (read my article on how here), but it is the perfect way to practice social distancing. Last week, fed up with seeing my dreary, winter front door planter (and, for that matter, those beside everyone's front door in my neighborhood ) I managed to find some colourful spring bulbs to fill it with. Once I located some flowers (yes, you can find some too! More on that later), it took less than 10 minutes to assemble.
I simply emptied the winter arrangement, leaving most of the earth in the pot and keeping some of the red dogwood branches for contrast then planted the daffodils in the centre and surrounded them with purple hyacinths. I packed my planter fuller than I thought would fit, gave it a drink of water and, voila! Although I know not many people will be visiting my home this spring, except for the mailman, this fragrant and colourful spring arrangement makes me happy every time I pass it by.
It may seem that life was more certain before this pandemic changed our lives for good, but that was just a fallacy. All we really ever had then, and continue to have now, is today. So grab a trowel or a rake and go ahead and do what makes you happy right now. And be grateful for this moment.