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17 things you'll understand if you're slightly obsessed with your garden

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 12/08/2017 Katie Avis-Riordan
17 things you'll understand if you're slightly obsessed with your garden © Stephen Robson / Getty 17 things you'll understand if you're slightly obsessed with your garden

Gardening is a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon as you potter away between your roses and peonies. But for those of us who love our gardens, perhaps a little too much, there is so much more to it than just that.

You feel like you and your garden have an emotional connection and it's your pride and joy. If this sounds like you, see how many of the following you can relate to...

1. Everything you see is potential garden material

Whether you're walking on the beach or out shopping for homeware, your mind always goes back to your garden – "will this rock look good next to my hydrangea?" "Perhaps this bowl could make a pretty bird bath?" You're always on the lookout for new additions to your garden.

2. The seasons need to be planned ahead

You already know what you'll be planting when the season changes. You can never be too prepared and you're always planning the next big project.

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3. You relish the challenges

Someone may have said to you in passing that they just couldn't get a species of flower to flourish in their garden. You log this and treat it as a personal challenge to get that very same type of flower blooming better than anyone else's.

4. A little rain never hurt anyone

A few spots of rain won't stop you getting out into your garden.

5. But if it pours…

When the rain is far too heavy for anything productive, you like to entertain yourself with an insightful gardening book.

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6. And on scorching days your plants are your priority

Before you've even thought about refreshing yourself with an ice cold drink on hot summer days, your first instinct is to make sure your plants get a drink.

7. Your fingernails always seem to have dirt beneath them

No matter how much you scrub.

8. Slugs are your enemy

These slimy beasts munch on everything you have worked so hard to create and nurture. You sometimes feel they must have a personal vendetta against you.

9. You have your favourite tools

Though you own a copious amount of gardening equipment from trowels to shears, you have your favourites that you just couldn't live without.

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10. You know all the microclimates within your garden

This includes the part that is always in the shade, the area flooded in sunlight all day long, and the weird patch of grass that always seem to dry out first.

11. When you visit friends or family you sneakily judge their outside space

And, of course, yours wins by comparison every single time.

12. A big garden centre is your idea of paradise

Like a kid in a sweet shop, you will roam the aisles, absorbing everything in sight and wishing you could take it all home with you.

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13. Chelsea is the highlight of your year

Too much excitement!

14. Talking of obsession, your garden features in your dreams a little too much

It doesn't just take up a big part of your waking thoughts.

15. Piles and piles of plant pots are a common sight in your shed

They will all come in useful eventually!

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16. Nothing makes you happier than a garden compliment

Whoever remarks on your impressive gardening skills becomes your new favourite person.

17. Your obsession is actually healthy because it soothes your soul

It's a scientific fact that gardening boosts your mental and physical wellbeing. So there's really no need to rein in your addiction, is there?

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