Gardening Outside

“You need to start getting out more,” my mum said.

What she didn’t realise was that I didn’t want to go out more. In fact, I didn’t want to go out at all. If I had the freedom to be able to sit inside each day and avoid the outdoors and other people, that would be my absolute dream. Of course, that’s not realistic. We still need to leave the house to get necessities like food. I could probably make a choice to order food here on in, or have grocery deliveries to my house, but that can get costly and I don’t want anyone else handling my food. I guess it’s a bit of a catch twenty-two.

“You used to be such an outdoorsy sort of girl, what happened?” Mum iterated.

Her words sat with me because the truth is – I don’t know what happened. I used to love getting out and about but one day that suddenly changed for me. I became a recluse. The more I started thinking about it, I realised I was letting my life rot away right before me. I needed to find a way to get myself out of the home. Gardening was the answer. I decided to buy hybrid tea roses online. Australia is a place so full of sun, it is perfect for growing plants and flowers. 

I’m glad I could order my flowers online. If I had to leave the house to buy them, I probably would have never gotten around to it. Growing my hybrid tea roses has been such a rewarding experience. They’ve added lots of colour into my life not only in my garden, but also metaphorically. I now have something that gets me outdoors. It’s absolutely life changing. I think I’d like to get some ground cover roses next. There are some patches in my mum’s garden that I think would really benefit. 

My mum seems to be a lot happier now too. We were clashing a lot for a while, mainly because she wanted to help me but couldn’t.