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playing gardener

24 February 2013

While house and dog-sitting for family this month we had a lovely garden to play and relax in. I felt calm as I swept the pool of my beloved mock orange flowers that sprinkled like snow upon the surface – it made me think of the raking rituals of Japanese rock gardens. I took pleasure in the deep greens of the hedged trees, the falling rain, sitting next to the gardenia bush with dogs at my feet, watering the bonsai collection and snipping herbs for cooking. I love our inner-city life and we are happy to be home again, but it was fun to play gardener for a little while.

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  1. Megan permalink
    February 25, 2013

    Glad you enjoyed your sojourn as a gardener and reaping the tomato, parsley and basil harvest. We have had a wonderful second blooming of our gardenias and I love to sit near them and inhale their exquisite fragrance. Your photos are as ever a joy to behold!

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  3. February 25, 2013

    It’s so nice to take a break from city life and relax in the burbs. Glad you enjoyed playing gardener.

  4. February 26, 2013

    Lovely images of summer, I can almost smell the mock orange, freh picked tomatoes and basil.
    Sarah x

  5. February 27, 2013

    Plants have a way of stopping time.

    These are gorgeous pictures, too.

  6. March 4, 2013

    Lovely photos. That is the thing that my husband missing the most about living in NYC – not having a garden to play in.
    P xo

  7. March 5, 2013

    I can definitely understand this!! I miss my garden back at home in Australia so much, but inner-city life is an awful lot of fun. Have you thought about pot plants?? I’m considering hunting down a basil plant for my windowsill… :)

    PS. Found your blog via a comment of yours on Barnacle Bags – I really like the blog title :D

  8. March 10, 2013

    I hope to have a wonderful garden one day. I want to grow fresh herbs and veggies to help flavour my cooking (as limited as my cooking abilities are!). I also hope to have a white picket fence with a gorgeous hedge full of flowers one day! Currently we have a yellow-ish cream picket fence and some very pathetic looking Orange Jasmine plants that are trying their hardest to grow. One step at a time :)

    x Jasmine

  9. March 31, 2013

    Everything looks so good! And what you described just there, sounds perfect to me.

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