In another year, in another decade, the advent of June would have felt like the magic of a smile, a kiss, or a sip of wine – summertime! But this year, the picture’s different. The world is still under the terrible sway of the Corona Virus, and although the lockdown in Nigeria has been eased, none of us will be returning to what we once called business as usual. We are unlearning the behaviors of the past that we would now call risky, like attending parties and weddings, and we are learning new behaviors that prioritize our safety, like how to attend church on Zoom. We’re unlearning and relearning – the spirit of evolution. 

So what if we can’t travel? It’s still going to be a lovely summer! So what if we can’t check out the best new restaurants or go to the beach? It’s still going to be a lovely summer! When life throws you stones, you’ve got to find diamonds. It’s summer – re-imagined! In this blog post we’ll be sharing two things you could do to improve the quality of time you spend in your garden!

Take it Outside! Build a Gazebo!

At the start of the global lockdown, my garden was a mess, a constant source of embarrassment. I got so caught up in the business of gardening, that I neglected my own. Things like this happen to the best of us. I knew that because of the global threat of the virus, I’d be spending more time at home. I knew, even then, in February or March, that I wouldn’t be able to travel to Madrid, or London, or even Nairobi, so I dipped into my stash – the sum of money I keep aside for holiday adventures, and I committed some of it to the renovation of my garden. My husband helped out as well. 

It was a process, but in the end it was worth it. My garden now has a gazebo where I’ve been able to meditate, reflect, and spend much treasured time with my family. There isn’t a day that passes that I’m not grateful for it. Because we put in the effort, I’ve been able to spend hours outdoors. 

No Gazebo, no problem – Picnicking is free!

Sometimes, we let ourselves get in the way of our own happiness. We know the things we need, but then we make them more complicated than they need to be. Since we built the gazebo in our garden, we’ve all been outside, soaking up the evening sun a lot more than before, but was it necessary? No! If the goal was to be outdoors, then we didn’t need to build a gazebo, we could have had picnics. So, right after we built the gazebo, we created a bench from a recently felled Douglas Fir tree and then we bought a bench shaped like a dog. Lo and behold, the perfect picnic spot was born. 

How are you re-imagining your summer? Tell us in the comments section.

Until next time,

The Omargardens CEO – Mimi Ade-Odiachi