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In A Dark Garden

Have you ever walked in an early-morning garden after the rain?  

It’s dark, fresh, cool. And quiet. Even the birds are still taking cover.

Blog Photo - Rainy Peonies

Blog Photo - Rainy Day Lily leaves

Everything’s drenched.

Blog Photo - Rainy Rhodo Bloom

You squint at something pink  in the darkness….

Blog Photo - Rainy Columbines in dark

… ah, columbines. And you think how wise this first clematis bloom is, so nicely sheltered against a wall.

Blog Photo - Rainy but sheltered clematis

You’re lost in admiring this flowering shrub.

Blog Photo - Rainy Garden with Flowering shrubs

Its branches are so rain-heavy, they’re almost touching the ground.

Blog Photo - Rainy Branches over Hosta

You’re wearing sensible shoes, so your feet don’t get wet. But next thing you know, you brush against a wet branch.

Blog Photo - Rainy Burning Bush Leaf

And another.

Blog Photo - Rainy Pine needles

Turning away, you almost collide with a horse.

Blog Photo - Rainy Horse Weathervane

Your hair, face, nose and shirt get wet.

But the air is cool on your skin. Fresh and earthy to the breath.

Blog Photo - Rainy Yellow hosta

And one intrepid bird starts to sing.

Blog Photo - Rainy birdbath

You softly walk around in the dark garden, thankful to be alive.

To hear, see, feel,  smell, almost touch this morning.

And to take a few pictures, even though you once failed photography.


Dedicated to all early risers, including my beloved husband who takes care of our garden and takes much better photos than these.


76 thoughts on “In A Dark Garden”

  1. Delightful walk through your garden and heart Cynthia. I love your writing style. Funny that I did the same thing this AM in my garden enjoying and snapping pics of my garden delights, thinking they might become a post!
    to garden delights!

  2. I love a garden like that, after a rain, althought I don’t have access to one nearly as splendid. I do like sitting outside admiring the few plants I do have, as well as watching grass seed start to sprout. 😀

    1. It’s all a miracle to me.
      Whether it’s one plant or many, it’s still a miracle, Rose.

      There are so many bare or bereft spots in my lawn that I give a huge whoop of joy when the grass seeds start to sprout.

  3. I walk early most mornings, whatever the weather, its such a peaceful time of day, early morning after the rain is great time to catch a few slugs and snails too. I enjoyed your garden tour and words I felt as if I was walking with you.

    1. Thanks, Susan. I will post (at sometime in the future) more clematis for you, and bloomin’ peonies for Aggie. (Aggie and Lou are farmers whose blog I follow as they are doing a good thing – turning their hands to farming sustainably, while welcoming visitors to their farm. And Aggie has requested bloomin’ peonies!)

  4. What a delightful tour around the garden in the pre-dawn. Thank you. I could feel that coolness, and the moisture on every leaf, flower and branch. I can’t imagine you failing photography. Twice? I suspect all you need is a wee bit more patience – with yourself and your camera.
    Take care! Jeanne

  5. I do believe certain talents and gifts can skip generations – my Nana on my mother’s side and my great uncle on my father’s side were all highly artistically talented, and I have similar gifts, but they skipped my Mom and to some degree, my Dad. I also think we are born gravitating to certain things that go beyond this lifetime and those of our families, and have more to do with why we’re here in the first place. 🙂

  6. It was lovely to take a little garden walk with you Cynthia. Gardening activates all the senses, as did this evocative post.
    I loved the big fat Peony buds, wet with raindrops.

    1. Hey Karen: I love that peony picture too. And only after I took the pix did I notice the drop of rain clinging to the horse’s mouth!
      Gardening DOES activate the senses – so true!

  7. Gardens look and feel so different in the very early morning and also late in the evening. These are times when most people are getting on with their ordinary lives indoors – they don’t know what they’re missing, do they? I try to go outside in all weathers too – rain, snow, frost, high winds – the garden, usually such a comfortable place, can seem alien and exciting.

  8. You must have been a very early riser! I don’t know when I was last up that early. Perhaps on the way to an airport many many many years ago. It’s a magical time.

  9. I don’t do early mornings but I do late night gastropod hunts to protect my poor plants. Nothing’s left of them if I don’t. So I get this, absolutely, even if I come at it from the other end of the day.



  10. How lovely, early mornings are magical. I love your photos. I will have to make do with yours, I don’ think I can manage to get up as early as that. The evening light is beautiful too.

      1. Well, they do but I just turn over and go back to sleep. In theory I would love to go out into the garden on a summer morning as the birds start singing and the air is all unbreathed. But I just can’ t seem to manage it very often.

  11. Cynthia, I do go into the garden after the rain but for practical reasons, I collect the slugs and snails who appear after rain and take them to the field behind, where I very much hope they stay. Slugs apart its a wonderful time to be in a garden.

  12. Your gardens are so beautiful!! Kudos to the hubby!!

    We are over run by mosquitoes right now so going into the wet garden areas does not work well unless you are wearing your winter snowmobile suit in 80 degree temperatures with 90% humidity!!

  13. Thank you for the lovely, in the dark, garden tour, Cynthia. Don’t underestimate the energy and passion an appreciative spouse grants to the gardening spouse. I live for my husband’s praise when it comes to my outdoor puttering.
    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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