JUST LOVE THOSE GARDENS! by Lois W. Stern
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Won’t you take a stroll with me through my gardens?
I love my gardens. I really do. I plan my assorted flowerbeds with care. My goal is to have different flowers blossoming in rotation for six or seven months of the year. Careful planning pays off. I am rewarded with burst of harmonizing colors, fragrant aromas and spectacular blossoms from early Spring until mid Autumn.
By April Fools’ Day, I begin to see the fruits of my labors: white Snowdrops and pale yellow Daffodils, whose soft colors are a perfect compliment to the blue miniature Grape Hyacinths nestled beside them.
Next appear the yellow and white Daffodils and the buds of what open to multi-colored Tulips. There’s a short hiatus before my Iris clusters open, but worth the wait. Their vibrant colors cheer me as walk the path to my back yard.
I refill my recycled baskets each Spring, and in short order have overflowing bursts of pink and rose Impatiens hanging around the perimeter of my porch.
As summer progresses and a Clematis vine twines itself higher on the mailbox post, climbing roses and blue Hydrangea spread out aside the backyard deck and snowball Hydrangea begin to flop over a post and rail fence.
Azaleas, Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron each in turn do their floral dance.
The wooded, shady areas of my back yard also get their due with a variety of Hosta plants, fern and Coral Bell.
Continuing to the left is my rock garden. Last year it sported a beautiful fountain. But it met with a bit of a disaster this year. Somehow it got knocked over and cracked right through. Now its base has become of planter.
Talk about making lemonade from lemons!
But the best is yet to come. Back to the front yard– the Oriental Lilies whose flowing petals and sweet fragrance vie for first prize!
So you can see, I love my gardens. But sometimes my gardens don’t love me. Stay tuned. Next time, I’ll explain why.
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About loiswsternI was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.
Posted on July 10, 2012, in Making the World a Better Place, Off the Beaten Path, Peaceful Reflections, Words to Inspire and tagged "beautiful gardens", 'peaceful gardens", author, gardens, Lois W. Stern. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.