Due to impending doom, aka, job disappearing act, I have been searching for a new one...or two, etc.
Due to answering an advertisement online, and interviewing, I, Red Clover, have become an official gardener. As in, I am being paid to be someone's gardner. ! Please don't panic yet, until I explain.
Due to answering a phone call from my sister (landscape designer of beautiful, and usually rather large homes) minutes after becoming a "gardener", I was offered a second gardening job. 20 hours a week. At a beautiful home in the mountains of Park City, with a gorgeous landscape design (rivers, trails tucked away, a bridge, ponds, beautiful dry stack stone walls).
This is hilarious. I mean, It's exciting that I am getting paid for doing what I love. I am not a professional, mind you. I scheduled to take a Master Gardener course in the spring/summer of next year, and am learning...but I really am in heaven!
Luckily at my first job I am doing things I've done before. Weeding their garden, forming rows, fertilizing, planting...clearing out flower beds, etc. I've suggested some ideas for developing their yard (I am not devoid of an artistic sense) and they really like them. So, when I answered an advertisement to mow a lawn they ended up hiring me to do everything but. I told them I was still learning, but that I was a hard worker. I started this week doing some long morning stints getting their garden in working order, and they seem pleased with the progress. I've hauled out 12 giant garbage bags of weeds out of that garden, and it's not that big! And after I finished up work, I washed off the tools, because Bob, a "Real Gardner" does that everyday. Are you proud of me, Sir. Bob?
I'll start the second job week after next, once my mentoring for the year is wrapped up. (I am being hired to continue working with one of my kids too, so that will be nice!) I'll make the hour drive Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. My sister, who does know what she is doing, will spend several sessions showing me what she needs me to do. A crew will take care of the lawn, etc. I am more of a detail gardner. Beds, paths, around the ponds, deadheading, etc. Really, I'm not quite sure yet. I am excited to learn as much as I can, and have progressed significantly this last year, but...Baptism by fire, here I come.
One comfort as I begin this summer venture is that my mind is ablaze with ideas, and a particle of instinct, as to what needs to/could be done, and I am willing to ask a lot of questions for all the things I don't know. It's refreshing, pleasing work. And possibly the start of something great.
~ Red Clover
P.S. My hamstring on my right leg is as sore as can be. It's my shovel leg.