Gardening is boring and messy. Plus, it often results in despair | Prove me wrong

A storm will snap delicate trees and hot weather will wilt roses. Gardening is not worth it, argues Brigid Delaney. But Stephanie Convery tries to prove her wrong

BD: Steph, gardening is dull and awful before you even get to the gardening bit. There’s the boring Saturday afternoons at a nursery, the transporting of the plants (messy), the planting of the plants (also messy, plus you have to dig a hole). Then you have to look after them.

It’s not enough to hold a hose. You need stuff … fertiliser, potting mix, tools and special gloves. You have to prune! Even then gardens are not guaranteed to thrive – or even live.

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