A Morning In A Garden, findingourwaynow.comOver the past week-end, I was by myself still working on getting over a very bad flu.  For the first time, in a good while I was able to spend time in my garden.  For more reasons than I care to innumerate, I have not been looking after my garden.  I love my garden.  It is my oasis when I’m having a bad day; when life seems to be pushing me where I don’t want to go.  It is a haven when I need it most.  So let me walk you through my morning in pictures.  It was a beautiful day, and I had just booted up my computer.  My cat was sitting on my lap and had a look that said “Mom, are we going outside soon?”.

A Morning In A Garden, findingourwaynow.comI decided to treat myself to a really nice breakfast so off to the kitchen I went to make something I would enjoy.  Because it was a such a delightful morning, what better place to have my breakfast then out on my patio.

It was a glorious day so I took my breakfast tray, camera and my cat outside.

A Morning In A Garden, findingourwaynow.comMy cat, Samuel, was in his glory and having a great time.  He loves it on the patio.

When breakfast was finished, I had a great FaceTime chat with my husband.  I then picked up my camera and started shooting my garden.  I decided to start at the side gate and take pictures as I walked through my garden.

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Now I am going to let the pictures tell the story.

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We have a very large back yard that is comprised of three areas.  The first area is what I refer to as the play yard.  This is where we play croquet or anything that sounds like fun or comes to mind.

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In this side yard is where most of my roses reside.

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Then there is the pond.  It adds some very soothing bubbling sounds while we read or just watch the world go by.

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I can’t forget to show you some of my other flowers.  Calla Lilies and Shasta Daisies love my yard, and I am so happy they do.

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I do so love to check out my garden in the morning.  Now let’s go to the patio area.

This is where I spend most of my time.  When the weather is good, as it is from May on to October, I will bring my MacBook Pro and iPad out to work on my projects from here.

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A Morning In A Garden, findingourwaynow.com

Did I also tell you that I have a ceramic mushroo fetish?  If you look closely, you will see them everywhere throughout the yard.

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Of course, I can’t forget to show you some of the plants and flowers that are around the patio.  Yep, there are some more ceramic mushrooms.

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A Morning In A Garden, findingourwaynow.com

I love this bench and view it gives me when I’m setting there on a sunny, breezy day.

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Now let’s go to the other side yard.  I call this the barn area.  I know.  Where does it end?

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I know.  More flowers.  Did I tell you how much I love flowers?

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I really enjoy my window boxes.  My barn window boxes are looking particularly pretty this spring.  Do you think so too?

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I love my barns.  They are where I keep all my garden supplies and tools.  The larger barn was meant for a studio.  One day soon I will be setting it up as a place to create.

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There is nothing more wonderful than the smell of Jasmine as we are about to leave my garden.

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We are very close to the end of my garden.  Has it been fun so far?  What do you think?

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We are now outside of the gate.  As I look ahead I see my neighbor and friend waving from his garden.

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As I close the gate I hope you will come back soon and that you enjoyed the tour of my garden.

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Always the story teller and a teacher of lessons, gardens are much like people; if neglected, they will wane and die. They thrive when they are given positive and consistent attention. My garden is now a happier place because I have spent time in the places that were most needed. Aside from my garden, the ones who benefit the most are myself and my family.

Do you have a special place, sanctuary or haven that gives you a sense of peace and a feeling that all is right with the world?  I can’t wait to hear your answers.

Life’s journey continues…

If you enjoyed “A Morning In A Garden,” check out To Make A Difference, Was That Really Today? and Tale Of Three Farmers. 

 

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  • http://blogbiertjuh58.blogspot.com/ JB

    Having a garden like that can be very inspirational. To bad I have just a little tiny back – yard. I always say: “It might be a small yard, but it’s very high!”.

    // Jan

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Small or large, a garden is such fun and can give you a lot of cool pictures and as you said, some great inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by.  :-)

  • http://projectwhitespace.com/ Bethany Lee

    Susan,

    This garden is beyond gorgeous, and the type of environment I have always wanted to have for a backyard. I think it might have to wait till I retire. I think your pictures look like a slice of heaven. Thanks for sharing. :-)
    Bethany

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks, Despite the fact that I have not been well enough to work in the garden this spring it looks amazing good. It also helps that Have really great (and inexpensive) gardeners who pitched in to help me.

      When I had a smaller space and not much time I tried very hard to use plants and flowers that were low maintenance and need little to no care to make a little have n for me. I would encourage you to do the same. It is an awesome thing to have and enjoy.

  • http://twitter.com/citherrien Cheryl Therrien

    Oh Susan your garden is heavenly! Thank you for inviting us in to share in your special space! I still do not have flowers the wildlife does not feast on. Big sigh… 

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      I hear you. Even when they say the plants are wildlife proof those dang (but beautiful) creators still seemed to chew them to the ground.

      We used the live in a area like that and the plants I selected were not necessarily flowering (except maybe the trees and bushes) but were really pretty variations of greens and bronzes with many different textures. :-)

  • HB

    What a beautiful garden.  I think if mine looked like that I would never leave it.  This is motivating me to get out there and make a dent in my jungle.  Who knows, I may even hire a gardener, mow and blow type guy, to help.  Now that is an idea.  :-)

  • HB

    What a beautiful garden.  I think if mine looked like that I would never leave it.  This is motivating me to get out there and make a dent in my jungle.  Who knows, I may even hire a gardener, mow and blow type guy, to help.  Now that is an idea.  :-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      You go!!!! I found my gardeners to be a God send when push came to shove. They weren’t that expense and boy did it make a difference when I needed to do some heavy lifting.

  • http://biz.leoraw.com/ Leora Wenger

    Susan,

    What a beautiful garden.  I’m glad to hear you are feeling better.  I hate being sick.

    My friend Michelle does a meme called Nature Notes at a blog site called Rambling Woods.  Your post reminds me of one those nature notes posts.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks, Being sick is a drag.

      Thanks for turning me on to Michelle. I will be checking her site out. :-)

  • Dan Meyers

    Susan – I became more relaxed just virtually walking through your garden :).  We have a great patio space in our back yard with a massive elm that provides a sanctuary for the birds and from the heat.  I love to work out there… it’s so refreshing and inspiring.  Maybe I’ll snap some pictures when feeling inspired as you did!  Glad to hear you are feeling better.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks, I am glad you found it relaxing. I hope you do take some picture of you patio area. That said, also can’t wait to see to pictures of your sanctuary.

  • http://littleboxofbooks.wordpress.com/ Liz Blackmore

    Thank you for the lovely tour!  Your environment is made for relaxation and discovery!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks. I am so glad you enjoyed it is. You are so right, it provides a good place to think and just be.

  • Melissa

    Susan: it is gorgeous@

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks, It really is a place i enjoying time in. :-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks, we thinks so. I hope it gives you some motivation to come visit. :D

  • Elizabeth Scott

    Susan,
    I feel like I am sitting on the chair, with a glass of wine in hand and letting all the days stressors melt away. I LOVE YOUR GARDEN and the HOUSE…. Whenever I am able to get away and visit it is my own little paradise…. LOVE the pics.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks, You know the invitation is always open.

  • http://writespeaksell.com/ Jeannette Paladino

    Susan — What a wonderful garden. I love your photos. Are you certified as Master Gardner? Seems like you would be. Thanks for sharing your passionate love for flowers. I live in an apartment in NY. But there is always Central Park!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks, I have consider taking the Master Gardener course but have not yet made the leap.

      For the record, I love Central Park. It is a very unique and special place. :-)

  • Lubna Kably

    Thank you for this beautiful tour. I love the smell of jasmine and could actually smell it all the way here. 

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      I am so glad you enjoyed it. Jasmine is my favorite scent. I would love it if it would bloom year round.

  • http://twitter.com/TheSimpleDude The Simple Dude

     Amazing!  I would spend a lot of time out there too… our new place has a nice deck and patio area, perfect for beer and burgers on the grill – though still not as nice as your setup!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks, Any place that can combines burgers and beer sounds like a good place to me. :-)

  • Adrienne Jones

    Your patio and garden are worthy of a magazine photo shoot, they’re amazing! And, Samuel’s a cutie :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Why thank you so very much. My garden is always so pretty in the spring when all the perennials are coming into bloom.  I think my Samuel is a delight too.  :-)

  • Julie

    I love your garden. I want to create a place like this for me. Thank for sharing your special place and your kitty is really cute too.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      I love my garden. It has taken awhile but it is where I want it to be. It really helps to have a good gardener to help when I am unable to do everything. I know you can and will create a special place for you as well.

      We love our kitty. He is one of the best pets we have ever had. :)))

  • Grace

    Gorgeous!  I want to come sit in your garden and breath in the scents, soak up the sun and relax!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      It is that, relaxing. You are welcome any time. :-)

  • http://profiles.google.com/margaretduarte Margaret Duarte

    What a lovely garden, a piece of heaven.  And the weather lately, I’m sure, called you outdoors, flu and all.  What a lovely and peaceful place to write and just hang out.  Thanks for sharing.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      It is my haven. It is a place I truly use and enjoy. Since I now have the patio out of winter cover, I can use it just to hang out. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/JeriWB Jeri Walker-Bickett

    How lovely! I am currently yardless and had to leave my yard of eight years behind when I loved cross country. I can only hope to have a yard as beautiful as yours someday. My family does own a very rustic piece of property in Montana, so I guess that is my sanctuary as it’s the place I have many happy memories.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      It has taken me ten years to get this garden to what it today. I know you will have a garden of your own sometime in the future.

      Montana is an amazing place. What a great place to have happy memories and as a sanctuary. :-)

  • http://BizBitchBlog.blogspot.com/ Kay Lorraine

    My goodness, Susan, this is BEAUTIFUL!   Sacramento, California has been very good to your garden.  I have a similar place, albeit much smaller and tackier.  I have a small lanai with a tented gazebo and it is my favorite room in the house.  Of course, it’s not really IN the house, but you know what I mean.  

    I have it surrounded by flowering plants that I spend waaaay too much time on.  Over the weekend I fertilized one particular right yellow flowering plant.  I carefully mixed just the right fertilizer (I have five different kinds for the different plants).  I diluted it and poured it slowly into the pot so as not to burn the roots.  I followed the directions to the letter.

    This morning the lovely yellow flowers started to fall off, one by one.  I’m down to three flowers now.  They will, undoubtedly be gone by morning.  No good deed goes unpunished!

    Clearly you have a much greener thumb than I do.

    Kay in Hawaii

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Kay, Welcome to my garden. For the record it has taken me ten years to get the current garden to where it is today. I have certainly killed a few plants along the way (well actually more then a few). It also helped that I found a really good (and cheap) mow & blow gardener.

      Pull back on the fertilizer by half. I learned that the hard ways and from a Master Gardener who took pity on me. The other thing that really helped was a glass of wine or two, or three, or four. Oh heck, just have the whole bottle. In the early stages of my garden, it made my garden look so much better. :D

  • Jvc Cappetta

    Your garden is sooo stunning and beautiful! I could spend all day in place like that! Okay, must confess a little green with jealousy ;)
    P.S love you cat too, how fluffy and adorable

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hey friend,  I do find it very easy to spend time in my garden.  I agree about my cat.  He is the best, but then again, I’m a bit prejudice.  :-)

  • http://www.hustletoparadise.com/ Harrison

    It’s clear through all your photos, that you’ve taken much effort and time to grow a beautiful garden. Why go to the neighborhood park when you got your own stellar one? This makes me want to move out to California to see more nature & sunshine.

    • http://BizBitchBlog.blogspot.com/ Kay Lorraine

      Harrison, you don’t stay in one place long enough to move to California!  Go do your laundry — don’t you have a plane to catch?  LOL

      Auntie Kay in Hawaii

      • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

        Kay, I love it …I so love your humor. LOL.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      It’s funny. There is a park a park just a short walk from our home. I walk through it most everyday on my daily walk. But when I want to relax it’s in my own garden.

      I am from the East Coast and I have to say, I do love California.

  • Shirla Vergara

    Susan your yard is breathtaking!!! My mother in-law has quite the green thumb, too.  Indoor & outdoor plants seem to go viral at her home.  She says her secret is talking to them.  I know you talk to Samuel, but do you talk to your plants as well?  I hear that playing music for plants also can have really good outcomes.  Any comments?

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      You know, I will need to consider playing some music in my garden much more often then I do. It could be some of the magic sauce I need at times. :-)))

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  • Sabline

    You have a very lovely backyard. Life should be enjoyed more in the outdoors! I find that there is something magically about being around plants and hearing the birds chirping. 

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      I agree. It is important to take time and enjoy the outdoors. It enriches our lives in a very special way. :)

  • bellybuttonblues.wordpress.com

    What lovely spaces. I am a gardening fool. This will be our third summer in our new digs and it gets more whimsical every year. It’s quite similar to yours, in fact–or at least it will when it matures a bit more. Thanks for the photos and ideas.  

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      I’m with you. I can hardly go past a gardening center without stopping. Then I find something I can’t live without such as a plant, a ceramic mushroom or tool. Have fun with your space and make your paradise what you desire. :) Thanks for visiting.

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