Today’s tip is all about you. And being creative. And cherishing yourself.

By establishing and taking care of plants (even if it is only one container) you are essentially taking care of yourself. Not all realise this but it is true – speak to any gardener and they might just smile. They will have stories to tell and share, but they will smile.

It doesn’t matter how big your garden is, the endeavour is a soothing and therapeutic past-time. Just having plants around you to care for gives you focus, improves your general mood and lowers stress levels while boosting productivity. Wow. All that from just having a plant to water and care for. Sounds like a very fair exchange to me.

It’s month-end essentially – why not indulge yourself and get another pot plant for your collection or buy one for someone else? Perhaps there is space for another succulent or maybe a spent 'spiller' could be replaced?

"Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint and the soil and sky as canvas." Elizabeth Murray.

"We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us." Jenny Uglow

Lestie Mulholland
Container Gardening Editor

Contain your Delight - it's easy!