Sunday, 25 May 2008

Gardens......

Whether you are feeling the dirt between your fingers......
or standing back to admire the beauty of your handywork.....
Your garden is a source of strength.
Filled with medicinal herbs and sweet smelling flowers....
Gardens can refresh your emotions....
and cleanse your spirit.
Your garden brings joy to you and others.
Life begins the day you start a garden....




17 comments:

Mary said...

Cheryl, your post brought tears to my eyes. When things get tough, I head to the garden. There's good life in it that brings us back to the good life!

I've missed visiting you.

Hugs,
Mary

Love the bees :o)

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Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is oh so true for me Cheryl. I thenk every real gardener will be able to identify with these words.

Cheryl said...

So do I Mary....we all have bad times and some of us find sanctuary amongst the flowers and wildlife.
Its good you called by, always a pleasure.

Cheryl said...

Thank you Lisa....I knew the those that love their garden would relate to it.

Dawny P said...

Thanks for your lovely words re my ladies Cheryl - they are a lovely bunch.

I love these photos. Please pardon my ignorance but what is that little creature on the first photo please?

Your garden looks so pretty and I can understand how it is your santuary. They say you get out what you put in and it is certainly true here. I know you spend hours tending your little bit of the planet and how it shows!!

I spent the whole day in ours yesterday doing a bit of trimming and tidying and getting all the pots ready. I feel very guilty re our garden because the lady who lived here before us was like you and spent long hours working in it. It does not get the same care and attention now, but we do love it and love being in it.

The birds are fine, thank you for asking. I will get some photos soon and post them for you to see.

Enjoy the bank holiday xxx

Wendy said...

That was beautifully said, Cheryl. I can relate. I find that no matter what is happening in my life, once my hands are in the earth and the sun on my face, I totally and completely relax. Then everything feels good!

Last night after supper I was watering my garden. I looked up to see a raccoon standing in front of me (it was dusk - not yet dark). Not to alarm him (or her), I walked slowly into the house and peeked out the glass patio doors. My hubby tapped gently on the glass. I thought it would scare it away, but it seemed curious and came over to peek in at us. Then, it just toddled away.

Grand Life said...

True comment about the power of gardens. Mine has saved me on many occasions. Got to get me one of those micro-len's. Your close-ups are wonderful. That bee is so interesting. Have a great week.
Judy

Cheryl said...

Hi Dawny....I believe the little creature in the first photo is a long-horned eucera bee. They only occur in the South of England and I must say I have never noticed them in the garden before. I am honoured.
Your garden is there for you and your family to enjoy.....we all lead busy lives these days and can only do the best we can.....
I am sure you have some beautiful flowers and the essesnce of you and your family mingle with it. This alone will make it a beautiful space.
Look forward to seeing the birdies.
Have a fun and relaxing time.
Best wishes to your ladies.....

Cheryl said...

How wonderful, a racoon. I have seen them in books, they are fascinating.....Beautiful looking creatures.
It is good to relax Wendy especially in your position. I expect you know that if you run your hands through lavender and smell the fragrance left on them it is calming. I have taught my little grandchildren to do this...
Enjoy your garden.

Cheryl said...

Thank you for your comments Judy, they are much appreciated. It has taken me a while to get used to the camera and I still make mistakes.....but I am pleased how things are progressing.

Rose said...

Lovely post, Cheryl, and inspiring as always. Just this morning I was lamenting the fact that it had rained once again and I wouldn't be able to do any garden work. Then I walked around my shade garden and noticed all the plants looking so healthy. I realized then that while I might not appreciate the rain, my plants are thriving because of it. It always helps to look at the positive, doesn't it.

Your photo in your header is stunning; you always manage to get such wonderful photos of insects.
And I love the "grumpy little girl" in the sidebar:)

Cheryl said...

Hi Rose.....Its not always easy being positive is it? But negativity is always the pathway to disaster I think.
I seem to have an affinity with insects, its strange. I loved them as a child. And the little girl is grumpy me, apparently I never liked having my photo taken. I am still the same now!!!

ladyluz said...

How true...very inspiring words. Thank you.

Is that comfrey I see that the beeds are on? Such a handy plant.

Jan said...

i love everything in your garden, and especially the photo of the blue tits! and of course, the foxgloves are beautiful. regarding your comment, i have no idea what ever became of those animals; it was a news-story in a KS newspaper, and i received it as an email from a friend. but hopefully, they are well taken care of!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for coming back Jan, that is kind of you.

Hi Ladyluz....thanks for dropping by....The flower is mainly catnip, a wonderful plant for bees.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
My gardens sustain me.
Your words come from my heart too.
Thank you.
Namaste,
Sherry