Friday, February 12, 2010

Magic....In the Garden

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Magic in the garden-what does the phrase conjure up in your mind?

Is it a forlorn bench under a snow draped evergreen in the winter?
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Perhaps a flower filled spring garden with a nearby chair for dreaming?



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Maybe it is a romantic and wistful view into the fall garden while you are looking toward winter?

To me magic in the garden is all of these things and more but not a tangible thing. It is not something outside of me like a garden, flowers, veggies, birds, or butterflies. It is a feeling I get when I enter a garden-any garden. That feeling may be of awe, inspiration, wonder, excitement, surprise, amazement, or any number of other feelings, but most of all,

Magic in the garden is an emotion of well being and happiness.

It is unique to each of us and the gardens we enter.

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42 comments:

  1. Tina, your gardens are just beautiful and I can feel the magic~

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  2. Tina ~ What a wonderful post. Your gardens are lovely and peaceful. I look forward to getting out into my own today before the rain comes, to feel the peace and magic and love, that sense of well being and happiness that you mentioned.

    FlowerLady

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  3. Beautiful photos, especially the first one, I spied the bird in the tree...probably thinking, huh...?

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  4. Darla, Thanks!

    Flowerlady, Get enough magic for all of us up here in the great north-please? It is cold and dreary.

    Dawn, I didn't realize there were birds in the tree until this morning. They are thinking too much &&*%^% snow!

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  5. What a lovely post. There sure IS something maginc and wonderful about the garden, and we all take something different from it on different days. I can't imagine life without a garden, can you?

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  6. I think I saw some little fairies dancing around your lilies. :)
    Rosey

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  7. The photos are great! If i had a pool like that I might not mind having a pool! You second picture is a good one, I like the feel of the pathway. I like the plant selections too!

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  8. My garden is not very big, Tina, but I find magic everywhere, even in the smallest things like a new bud about to open. It's hard to explain to non-gardeners just what we feel in the garden, but to me the magic is the feeling of serenity and joy, being at one with nature.Your photos convey this magic, even the first one, though I'm sick of snow:)

    I noticed the arbor bench in your first photo--I bought one just like this at the end of the season last fall, but haven't put it out in the garden yet. I'm still trying to decide what to plant to climb over the trellis--what do you have planted here?

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  9. Hi all, On my way out but stopped for a sec. Thanks for all the nice comments. I tried to convey that magic is that special feeling for all us and it is so different each time we visit a garden and will actually vary too. Odd huh?

    Rose, I purchased that bench several years ago at Rural King of course. I've moved it around but find the best spot is in this alcove. No plants grow on it because it is on a small patio. It pretty much shaded too. I like the openenss of it and sit there often. I think if I planted a vine on it then clematis would be the only one that would work. The area is not too big so an overwhelming vine would not be good at all. Perhaps a Betty Corning would be ideal?

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  10. The bench support area is not that big for a vine is what I meant to say. Gotta run..

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  11. Hi Tina, Love your photos. For me, magic in the garden is all the little things that happen, that many never take the time to see.

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  12. Love, love, love this post! There is magic in every corner of a garden. One can see, hear, smell, touch, well you get where I am going here....

    I sure would love to have that lagoon pool. Now that would be one water feature to keep me happy!

    Calling for snow here today! Can’t believe that but then again, Dallas, TX had a whopper yesterday! Wow, what is going on with this winter weather???

    Everyone have a Great Weekend!!!

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  13. I'd consider it magic if I got control of my back yard weed patch. I'm completely in awe of gardens that you can look around and see plants without any obvious "work in progress" areas. Really beautiful pulled together gardens, no matter what form they take, seem like magic to me. Oh and snow, of course. Even when my garden's still working on getting there, snow always looks like magic.

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  14. Garden is a clinic, healing and soothing. ~bangchik

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  15. Oh my goodness, how true your words are today Tina, just wonderful, wonderful post. I noticed all the birds first thing and love them just sitting there watching you take the pic.

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  16. There certainly is magic in the garden. I know how good I feel when I walk around and see my flowers coming to life after a long winter or to see them bloom. Or just how thrilled I am when I buy new ones. Dang I love hanging out at nurseries - is it time yet?

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  17. Magic in the garden is to me the oneness with nature. To be able to see, feel, smell all of the greatness that has been provided for us to enjoy & nurture. One cannot feel complete till one has connected with their garden.
    A very compelling post today. I really enjoyed it. Thanks, Tina

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  18. Wonderful! Your garden does look magical and I remember that pool from the PPS tour~ I've been finding the magic in my photo archives. Have a great weekend.

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  19. Well, I can certainly feel the magic in all of your beautiful photos. I love the magical sounds of water in the garden :^)

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  20. What pretty, cheerful pictures--except the first. That one look like home:)

    Have a great weekend.
    Marnie

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  21. Delightful post on a really dreary day. The magic of the garden lies in the hands of the gardener who holds a shovel rather than a wand.

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  22. I agree magic is a whole combination of things for me in a garden, but mostly the feeling it evokes in me. Your garden pictures are so pretty. The one with the red chair really says "magic" to me.

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  23. Thank you for the summery pictures. They were like a breath of fresh air!

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  24. I think I just felt a little breeze of warmth and the scent of grass and roses - something magic blowing through here! (Afraid to close the window because I don't want it to go away)

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  25. Tina,
    Your garden looks magical and beautiful! The tree covered in snow is the most magical of all. I love the sentiment of this post.

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  26. Beautiful photos Tina! I'm one who find magic in discovering those little unexpected surprises in the garden (something like a new bud unfurling rather than a spider sitting on your shoulder!)
    I just want to walk into that beuatiful photo with the red chair - that would be magic too :)

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  27. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments on magic.

    Marnie, Chuckle chuckle from here!

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  28. Wow Tina,
    I was looking at those pics of the gardens. And was thinking.. ' Tina is so talented, look how beautiful her garden is!'... then I read that it was not your garden! I have to admit, I felt a little better. I knew I wans't all that bad!

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  29. Tina, looks like I am late to the party...those are truly magical garden photos. I do think snow adds a certain amount of mystery to a garden. To me a butterfly or hummingbird fluttering from flower to flower really bring the magic to a garden.

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  30. Zach, You're not bad at all. Never be intimidated by any gardens ever-please especially not mine! But I'm so glad you feel better once you realized that awesome pool was not mine. Sure wish it were:)

    Janet, Never late to the party. Guess what I found today? I tree full of galls-never have I seen so many. I think I'll work up a post on them soon featuring our little gall. Butterflies and hummers are for sure magical in all ways.

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  31. Loved it Tina.... It is like THODA PYAR THODA MAGIC!!!!!!! Every single frame is marvelous..... As I went through I developed a feeling of 'J', but u cut me half way through by admitting that it is not yours....
    ;-) My favorite was the 3rd pic.... It was like heaven on earth & I was some kinda pari who would have wanted to bathe in the water amidst that heavenly beauty...... EXOTIC!!!

    Happy Valentines Day!!!!

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  32. Tina girl those photos (whether yours or not) were wonderful mood enhancers ? : )
    You are so right about "that feeling" it is almost indescribeable (spelling oops!)
    BUT .. it is THERE .. each gardener just knows it .. pure instinct level .. it is the most wonderful therapy on earth to be in a garden busy, or not .. the atmosphere is one of healing and regeneration .. just what we all need.
    Joy

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  33. I agree with the commenter who wrote that every event in the garden, large or small, is a kind of magic. Just the fact that something I plant actually grows sometimes seems like magic to me! And I've got to get a red chair now. Nice post in the middle of winter. Barbara

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  34. Wonderful pics...I miss the growing season so much.

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  35. How beautiful and magical. Too bad that's not your pool - it is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Great photos to remind us that spring and summer are on the way despite the fact that snow is in our forecast for tomorrow. That pool is to die for! I want one like that.

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  37. Pretty post Tina, and they are all lovely, but anyone who knows me well will know that I'll always choose the summer shot! Winter is NOT my favorite, even if I can see it's beauty. I just want it to be over with! Any advice on rainbarrels? Hubby thinks they'll look tacky.

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  38. It's not in the garden anymore, I think it was there in the beginning, in Eden. But since then, it's mostly about keepin the weeds out, and that ain't no magic. ;~P

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  39. Try as I might, I always struggle finding magic in the garden when it's covered in snow. I think I could find it if the snow melted within 24 hours of falling but when it sticks around for months, it's not magical in the least! Love your photos. My daughter would like to have a pool (like in your third photo) but so far, no go. I love the second pic. Just beautiful. I keep telling myself, soon it will look that way again!

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  40. All your photos were great - but those of Your gardens are beautiful! Magical? Maybe ... I think it's the gardener, though. :-)

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