Planning a Serenity Garden"Kiss of the sun for pardon.
Song of the birds for mirth.
You're closer to God's heart in a garden
than any place else on earth."
-- Dorothy Frances Gurney
Its an oft-quoted (and misquoted! I had to look it up for the
exact words) poem. Dorothy Frances Gurney expressed the way that most
people feel about their gardens. It is in the garden that we
feel the touch of the Divine more than anywhere else. It is the
reason that throughout the world, men and women have put aside
careers to become gardeners, planters and farmers.
There is more to it than the kiss of the sun and the song of the
birds, though. When you garden, you find yourself becoming attuned to
the natural rhythms of the earth the pull of the moon, the
promise of the rain, the life-giving warmth of the sun. You find
yourself rising early to pluck a few berries with the dew still on
them. After dinner, you retire to the garden not because it
needs you, but because you need it.
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A true gardeners garden is never finished. It is a work in
progress throughout its life. However beautiful or simple it may be,
it never has a sterile landscaped feel to it. One can
sense the changing of the season from day to day even from
hour to hour. In that light, there is no plan for a
serenity garden. It is one that simply grows as you do, changing to
reflect your favorite colors, the landscapes that make you feel
comfortable, the philosophy that brings you peace and comfort this
month or this year.
With that said, then, take the rest of this with a grain of salt, and
adjust it to your own tastes and pleasures. These are ingredients
that go into making the perfect garden for me your mileage may vary.
Rocks whether they edge a path, line a walkway, or form
the basis for a rock garden, stones and rocks are an integral part of
the earth. I know that most gardeners consider them anathema, and
will root out every last pebble in the interests of providing
good soil. To me, a garden can not be a garden without
rocks. I use them to build raised beds, plant shade-loving ground
covers beneath the overhang of large boulders, and embed them in the
earth to form pathways between rows of shrubs and flowers.
Water The sound of running water is like balm to a
worried mind. If youre lucky enough to be able to build a
backyard pond, you have my everlasting envy. For the rest of us,
there are garden hoses and sprinklers to bring water into the garden.
Watering time is easily my favorite time of the day.
A Nearby Bench Enjoying your garden is the reward for
your labor. Whether your bench is a large boulder or your
back porch, be sure there is somewhere to sit close by so you can
bask in the scent of earth and growing things.