Garden Daybook 7/1/12

Make a garden. Find JOY!

*joy (joi) n. 1. a garden of ones own . . . . . and the peace within.

I wrote that definition one blizzardy winter day as I looked through my collection of garden photos. I realized how much I missed being in my summer garden. Sadness always seems to overtake me in late February. I’m so done with winter and I need spring. I crave the smell of soil and green growing things. So – -pictures of past gardens soothe my longings. It is for that reason that I keep my camera close – by whenever I am in the garden.

Serendipity in my gardens is always a surprise and always makes the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up. A few surprises found in my gardens include baby robins on angel wings, a pinky blue morning glory infused with soft morning light . . . . .


and seed art on a sunflower. These are just a few of the miracles I happened upon in my gardens this summer. I can’t take credit for any of them. I have no control over any of them. All I can tell you is that I planted a garden and these things came into being.

The only meaningful requirement is attention. Be in the moment in your garden, keep your eyes sharp, and you just might see a few miracles of your own.While working in the garden there is a stillness that surrounds the gardener. Use that peace/calmness to focus your attention on everything around you. Keep your camera close-by so you can snap it up to catch unexpected surprises. Having to run to the house for a camera gives creatures time to disappear, light to change, and wind to shift plants. Be at the ready and you can build a very personal photo collection of garden serendipity to nurse you through long dark winters. Not a bad deal for a little quiet time in the garden.

Hey from the farm,

Fran, The Country Cousin

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