Sunday, October 30, 2011

I love gardens and remember when my husband and I walked through many of them all around the world.
If only life were like walking through a field of flowers every day soaking in the beauty and smelling their aroma, it would sure be a wonderful way to live.

When I walk by houses and see the owner gardeners digging away, making their place an example of a little piece of heaven, I have to say, these people are enriched by secrets many still have not learned.
This is another world full of joy and attracts life to it as bees to honey.

And yet once establishing such a place, man does not want to share with the creatures it attracts.
Creatures who need it to survive.
Bees, nightengales, squirrels, chipmunks, wasps, crows, coons possums,...... the critters come and become a nuisance, digging destroying all the hard work put in and creating more work.

And so the gardeners get tired of fighting nature and give up their wonderful garden or put it indoors into a hot house or a veranda. They begin using other methods to grow plants and few see the splendor of their creations.

For example the Shangrila Hotel in Singapore was a beautiful place to visit if just for the flowers alone hanging over the balconies.
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Orchids were found every where.

Sentosa Island was another place where nature was proliferated naturally . They had a wonderful butterfly exhibit where you would enter and be surrounded by a lovely fluttering of delicate wings all around you. It felt strange to be a person in this world where only butterflies lived and you felt privileged to be a part of it, to see it alive and safe.

The Butchard Gardens on Vancouver Island is truly a special place to visit

and the Botanical gardens in Montreal was a very favorite of mine. I used to take my grand mother there every summer. We walked from deserts into rain forests into the north and into the south. Bananas, figs, lemons, oranges, you name it they had it to show the public.
It was a great place for students to study botany and still is.

Driving through the Canadian Prairies is an experience one can never forget as one passes
never ending fields full of purples, yellows and greens . The aromas coming from these fields is incredible. A few fields were nothing but friendly sunflower heads looking at you, waving hello and goodbye . You had to wave back promising them you will return for a chat, one day soon.

Nature is such a beautiful display for the gardener no matter who he is.
Be he God, a farmer, a back yard hobbiest, botanist or just an employee planting a seed in a pot to watch it grow as he works every day. Flowers are a joy to behold. They inspire songs and fill the heart with their blooms, full of love, joy and longing, to be a part of the greater universe capable of such intense beauty.

Have a great day!


Zuzana said...

What a great post! I so agree, there is something infinitely tranquil about a garden - being in it, walking in or even working in it. Gardening itself is truly therapeutic.
Lovely images and a great sentiment I can relate to.;))

A Lady's Life said...

Thank you Zuzana
You are a free spirit open to love the universe.

♥●• İzdihër •●♥ said...


Trotter said...

Hi Lady! Sorry for the absence, but these last two months have been rather nasty! My mother (90) was in hospital for more than three weeks and the post-surgery was hard! My father (94) seemed to be an orphan while my mother was out and felt into some kind of depression... The economy is a disaster and the media only bring bad news... The € Euro is rescued every day, only to be known that it needs to be rescued again and again next morning... What else? Well, maybe «Midnight in Paris»... The problem is that the Gil there is a different one... ;)

Blogtrotter Two wanders currently around pre-historical Corsica, where it seems all this will be leading to... ;) Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead!

Better is Possible said...

Beautiful pictures. You have been to so many wonderful places. Enjoy Halloween today.

George said...

I enjoyed this post very much. I haven't had the pleasure of visiting the places and gardens you mention, but I would love to get the opportunity to do so. We visit the gardens of the Bilmore Estate several times a year for the reasons you listed. We enjoy gardening at home in spite of all the critters you mentioned.

Gattina said...

I love Butterflies and ladybugs, but that's all concerning insects !
I prefer something to pet.
Sunflowers are my favorite flowers.
BTW the vet who checked the abandonned cats, will now find the vet who spayed them and with that the address of the people and then they have to pay a big fine !! Good for them !

Akelamalu said...

I have a little bird bath in my garden with these words engraved on it -

The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is closer to God in the garden
Than any place else on earth

Maude Lynn said...

Gorgeous pictures!

A Lady's Life said...

izdeher - thanks for visiting. I believe you are from Indonesia and so you must be enjoying so many beautiful flowers out there.

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Trotter - I am sorry you are going through such a difficult time.
I did as well but now that my parents are gone I miss them every day.
People should treasure family while they still have them.

A Lady's Life said...

better is possible - yes I have been blessed with a wonderful husband who tried dragging me around after him. I loved every minute of it and must admit am a bit spoiled now lol.
Once you have the bug its hard to break the travelling spirit but with all the trouble today I am glad the travelling part is mostly behind me. Its becoming too dangerous.Now I live on memories. LOL

A Lady's Life said...

George I love gardens and especially walking in a rainforest which is Gods' paradise, full of things to see if you know what to look for.
Preparing oneself with a good local book on flaura and fauna helps a lot.
You and Betsy must have . The only thing I object to is having things pushed along when it takes time to really sit down and actually enjoy things around you, explore them properly.

A Lady's Life said...

gattina - there are many bugs to enjoy. My favorite was to experiment with spiders and discover just how intelligent they are.
Listening to a grass hopper is fun and fire flies are beautiful.
Bees are also soo nice. Ants have character. I used to do lots of these projects for my son to learn from.

A Lady's Life said...

Akelamalu - this is sooo beauitful Thanks.:)

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Mama Zen.

A Lady's Life said...

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I do not support porn as I find it degrading for both men and women and now children.