Therapeutic gleanings from the garden

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My patio garden

“It’s hypnotic watching you…” my neighbor observed.  “The way you care for your plants is an art form.”  I was taken a bit by surprise at having been “watched” while in the solitude of my little patio garden during off hours of the day. 

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Sun-drenched daisies
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Pleased to know others share my appreciation for the craft, I had the honor to help restore her lovely wooded herb garden earlier in the season where we exchanged plants from lamb’s ear and bountiful sweet woodruff, to my sun-loving daisies transplanted across her treed fence line.  Like raising the bedroom blind, the hearty American daisies beam with the bright morning sunshine from the east.

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Variegated grasses make a natural fence

Japanese irises and decorative grasses formulate a dense border discouraging deer from crossing her path.

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Hanging double and purple petunias attract wildlife
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I’m happy to have a place I can go to “take me away”, as the commercial used to proclaim.  For years I have kept hanging baskets of petunias which require dead-heading to encourage growth and stimulate new blossoms.  They can become “stringy” and won’t last the winter.  Personally, I refuse to kill any plants and rather let nature take its course, but have been accused of artificially respirating the botanicals with whom I have shared a bond and come to know fondly in my outdoor home.   In his recent blog post “A Garden for the House”, Kevin Lee Jacobs outlines tips for re-rooting petunias over the winter so as to have beautiful baskets for the following year.

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A rosy view on life
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This is just a sampler of the goings-on in my garden.  I stop and “take time to smell the roses”, snap a pic or twelve, watch the clouds blow by and commune with nature. 

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One of our many winged visitors
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My mind wanders with the wind and my thoughts are carried on the wings of the birds, bees and other insects alike that frequent here.  This is my space where I may be one with life’s growing cycle and those just visiting…if only for a brief time.

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Several varieties of bees eat freely
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It stimulates my mind, my body, my senses and my soul; and is my therapy.

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“Guiding Star Clematis”- colorful cascading fence covering
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3 thoughts on “Therapeutic gleanings from the garden

  1. roberta4949 says:

    I could sit on your patio and drink me a cold lemonade and do a little bird watching, cloud watching or just plain sun bath and maybe with a little book to read or a drawing book.l but if I am not careful I might start to rearrange things or add plants or increase the number of climbers all around, like I did my garden today, I think I just get new ideas to try, and get bored with the same thing or as the plants grow what was pretty neat becomes overgrown and cluttered, I like informal gardens myself what say you? I have that variegated grass too,

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  2. herbanaut says:

    Wow!! Absolutely beautiful garden!!! I love it already. 🙂

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