Sunday Photo Reflection #7: Happy Garden Vibes

One of the positive things about movements being restricted by this pandemic is that it freed up time and so I picked up new hobbies. In addition to blogging (you may like “Why I Created This Blog”), I also started gardening over the past 2-3 months and it’s been pure JOY!

So before I lose them all, I froze the remaining ‘blooms of my labor’ in photo memories which I’d like to share with you.

Space 1: The rhododendrons now have the company of a range of other perennials like fox gloves, roses, daisies & tickseeds.
Space 2: For this space I had to take out a couple evergreens, broke my heart to do it; but, that gave the room needed to add color, texture & dimension to the space.

Today’s photo reflection is a mix of photos accompanied by quotes from others who are equally captivated and inspired by nature as I am and said things I’d say myself but they got to it first so now I get to quote them😉😉.

David Hobson got it right when he said
I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”
Phyllis Theroux—
“I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.”
George Bernard Shaw you nailed it—
“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there.
“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
—Francis Bacon
Gertrude Jekyll got it right when she said—
“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”
“Life begins the day you start a garden.
Chinese proverb [my life has just begun 🥳]
Alfred Austin, the only thing I’d add is “sweat on your brow”—
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”
Rudyard Kipling, it’s tue—
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”
—Gardens are made by heart-work!❤️
Many evenings I just sit still in the garden, and you’re right Ruth Stout—
“Working in the garden gives me something beyond the enjoyment of the senses. It gives me a profound feeling of inner peace.”
Stoufer I absolutely agree, a garden must be like heaven on earth—
“When heaven falls to earth it becomes a garden.”
“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.”
—Elizabeth Murray
“The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plow [woman]. [She] modifies the climate around [her] home.”

—Thank you John Whiting! You totally get it!! A garden has powers to shift the atmosphere.
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Thank you for joining me on this vicarious garden journey! Hope you enjoyed it.

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In creative solidarity, Dee

36 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Reflection #7: Happy Garden Vibes

  1. Wow. This is a wonderful, uplifting blog post to find and read on an autumn day in new England, when leaves are falling and days are getting shorter… What a wonderful transformation! I also liked all of the great quotations you found — especially the Chinese proverb about life beginning when one plants a garden. THANK YOU for all of your hard work and then THANK YOU for documenting and sharing it with the rest of us.

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    1. Hey!!! You stopped by. Great to have you. I’m so happy you enjoyed it because that’s all I wanted was to share this joy. Too beautiful not to share, right. Glad you found the post. Cheers, Dee


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  3. odettejreid

    The garden is gorgeous and the quotes were well chosen. I started gardening last year and it is a wonderful feeling to sit and look at what you grew. God’s creation is amazing! It can be time consuming and a bit hard on the knees and back, (especially at our age😂), but the joy of watching something grow is worth the pain. It’s also very calming to shut the world out to dig, plant, and prune. Gardening is a labor of love. Thanks for sharing your new passion! I’ll send pictures of my lily garden!

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  4. Much improved before and afters, Dee! I love the pink spirea esp. Gardening is a joy, no doubt about it. The exercise helps one get away from the human world for a spell, and the fresh air and sunshine helps one sleep better at night. Also, the fruits of one’s labor are sweet indeed. 🙂
    One suggestion I have is, if you regularly cut the old passed blooms off, particularly the tickseed, it will encourage more flowers to form. They will continue to bloom all summer, a great plant!

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    1. THANKS Eliza and especially for the guidance. I didn’t know. I’ll do that for the remaining blooms. This is why I’m loving this blog community—bloggers like you. You’re very kind in sharing and I’m happy to learn from your expertise. Can’t wait for morning to go tend to the flowers. Cheers, Dee

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  6. Joseph Watson

    Absolutely Beautiful. I could feel the orchards crying out for their place in this pictorial presentation saying “just because we occupy a location other than the garden, don’t dare forget about us”.

    You did an amazing job! LOVE IT

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    1. Thanks deary!!! I really appreciate. It’s my very first time. I thought I would have a landscaper then Covid happened and forced me in this direction. I’m so happy that I did it myself. PURE JOY!!!!! Thanks for stopping by Shweta. Cheers

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      1. yancybearcares

        So I do not have a green thumb, none at all; however, this post, photos and quotes have piqued my interest. It just seems so peaceful and calming and I can imagine the “blooms of your labor” is indeed heartwarmingly rewarding. Just beautiful. This looks like a seasoned gardener’s work, not someone who just started a few months ago.
        Big tings ah gwan…. 🙂

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        1. Hey sis!!!! Labor of love. The guys at the nurseries have been super patient—besides roses I knew none of the flowers I planted—just asked tons of questions. Believe me you can do it. Patience is key. It’s hard digging and chopping but 100% heart-work and 100% worth it. Dee

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