One Winter’s Day

I stood alone amongst swaying trees

Reminents of Bamboo grass in the winter garden

Groaning,  creaking bark rubbing against bark, branches entwined cracking

Winter tress in the lower gardens

A cold, damp wind permeated my soul

Aging Bowling ball pyramid in the lower gardens

I sought refuge with the Dreamer…

The Dreamer in the labyrinth

and realized I had not been the only one

Deer track in the snow lower gardens

I pulled my scarf tighter around my neck and clutched my coat hoping to keep the cold at bay

The labyrinth under ice and snow

Even on frozen days the garden’s beauty shines through

Bronze sculpture sitting in the snow

The garden is a refuge,  not only for me but also for those who prowl its paths after dark

Cat print in the ice

Two Steps Forward One Step Back

The DreamerSlowly she awakens

The standing stone and Winter Aconite flowers

Casting off the blanket that has kept her warm for these many long months

Victorian sculpture in the lower gardens

She opens her eyes and looks towards the sun

Winter Aconite flowers in the snow

But air around her still holds a winter chill

Barn roof slaate sculpture in the lower gardens

Turning over she pulls the blanket tight against her

Bowling Ball Standing stone and Winter Aconite flowers in the snow

Just a few more days…

 

Accentuating the Garden

Lower garden
A collection of Hosta, Christmas and Painted ferns and heirloom Cowslips

 

              As if a myriad of greens and profusion of color are not enough

Vinca and Purple Wave petunia
Purple Wave petunia and Vinca planted at the base of a Golden Thread leaf Cypress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardeners add yet another level of interest to their gardens.

 

Bowling ball sphere and begonia flowers
Bowling ball sphere found curbside on junking day (free) and wax begonia flowers

Perusing roadsides on junking day, (trash day in America), local thrift stores or antique shops, equips the gardener with a Pandora’s box of innovative objects and ideas.

Brass birds on front garden
Brass birds purchased at a local thrift shop for only 2 dollars adorn the gardens at the front of the home

One is never enough

Lower garden additions
The bowling ball pyramid is now balanced by the former top of a fountain purchased at a local garden faire for only 25 dollars

An otherwise ordinary corner of the garden becomes an inviting destination.

Newest addition to the gardens
Cement cherub purchased at a local antique shop for 50 dollars

Another Creative Endeavor – Interpreting the Natural World

Most posts on this blog focus on the world as I see it through the lens of a camera.

Dill

Yesterday I blogged how another blogger interpreted those photos.

Today I add yet another post on interpretation.

I love sculpture in the garden.  Unfortunately I, as many people, do not have the disposable income which allows one to purchase said sculptures.  So as many gardeners do, I scrap, salvage and create.

Cowslips and Hellebores in the lower garden
Cowslips and Helleborus punctuated by a discarded cement pipe with a bowling ball on top

With this is mind I have learned how to turn sand, cement and peat moss into leaves that adorn the garden year round.

Hypertufa leaves and pots curing
Hypertufa leaves and pots curing
Hypertufa leaf ready to be revealed
Hypertufa leaf ready to be revealed
Completed Hypertufa leaves and pots
Completed Hypertufa leaves and pots

Now into the gardens

Hypertufa Leaves creep up a Black Walnut tree

Hypertufa hosta
Hypertufa hosta in winter
Hypertufa leaf
Hypertufa leaf accent

What inspires you?

Silent World

The gardens grant us peace of mind

Garden bells, a garden gift from a past resident
Garden bells, a garden gift from a past resident

Peace of soul

Looking west toward the sumac patch
Looking west toward the sumac patch

Silent

Terraced gardens behind the home
Terraced gardens behind the home

Silence in an otherwise chaotic life

Smokehouse AKA Potting Shed during the snows of December 10th
Smokehouse AKA Potting Shed during the snows of December 10th

A moment to feel an inner warmth

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice