Sunday, March 3, 2013

Romantic Garden

My favorite gardens are romantic.  This is not so much a  design style as it is an evocative outdoor space  ripe with the possibility of dreams coming real. Even ones we didn't know we had.

Romantic Gardens are abundant.  Here, an orchid is hugged by shrimp plant gone wild

Welcome to a peak behind the gate. To the garden that calls me home from the most delicious trips. 

You know when Barbra Streisand  sang at Memories at the Academy Awards, the line where she answered her own question  "If we had to do it all again, would we?"  with "Of course we would."

That is how I feel about my garden. What makes it my grand romance is that I simply cannot get to much of being here, loving my little Eden. 

Romantic Gardens Provide for serendipity
Romance is not a low maintenance, but who minds working when it is for love?  

Romance is not all about you. It is about what the partner needs and wants. 

This garden has taught me to slow down. Enjoy the moment. Build in opportunities for anticipation. 

Yesterday I enjoyed a hummingbird who cared not one whit her nectar was sipped from the oriole feeder. 

Romantic Gardens are playful

Moving water is a beacon to the birds. Yes, a fountain needs to be occasionally be taken apart to clean the sludge out of the motor. However, the reward was almost immediate.  Only seconds later a gold finch came by

Then a hummingbird. 

What do you like best about your garden? 

Linking to My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday


OldLady Of The Hills said...

Your garden is such a Beautiful Haven, Lydia...It's always wonderful when you share it.

Unfortunately I cannot get down in my garden anymore, BUT, I still enjoy it from above, and then there are all the lovely plants out on my patio....I never tire of these amazing Cactus and Succulents...They do give their own very individual pleasures.

Lydia said...

Dear Naomi- Your garden is magnificent. Hope to meet it someday.

Unknown said...

Your garden is wonderful. I as well have a bird bath and it does require maintenance but the rewards of seeing the many birds enjoying the clean water makes it all worth it. Having a cottage garden is a labor of love.

nikkipolani said...

Oh, I like that pretty fountain for the birds. Hummingbirds seem bolder and bolder, often waiting for me to hold still with the hose to take a sip.

Love those orchids in your garden, Lydia. A touch of elegance they add.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Paradise Lydia...absolutely beautiful! Your photographs are so pretty, beautiful pictures of your garden visitors.