Garden Friends

So, okay. I’m seriously not a Snow-White-and-The-Seven-Dwarfs-in-the-Garden kinda girl.

Blog Photo - Garden birdbath and blooms

Garden gnomes you won’t find here.

Blog Photo - Garden a beautiful shot of back garden

Blog Photo - Garden Horse

But I have garden friends.  I do!

Blog Photo - Garden rain - two birds at feeder

Birds, horses and butterflies…..

Blog Photo - Garden directions

Blog Photo - Garden - Butterfly on Mint

A green frog playing a bass serenade to the hosta.

Blog Photo - Garden Frog and Violin

A wind chime whose own song soothes our hearts, and tells us when it’s a windy day outside.

Blog Photo - garden wind chimes

Faces that steadfastly oversee the garden….

Blog Photo - Garden Sun face

Blog Photo - Garden Face

And welcomers for the newly bloomed clematis flower…. Namaste to you….

Blog Photo - Garden - welcome clematisThe nice thing about these friends is they listen to your troubles and never criticize.  They never say: “Leave those weeds alone!  And it’s 11 a.m.  Isn’t it time you got out of that tattered old houserobe and put on some decent clothes?”

Mind you, I’m glad for human friends who visit and make me laugh.

Like Pia, who insisted on getting a string to tie back the uber ex-uber-ant clematis that threatened to strangle her and all others who passed.

Blog Photo - Garden Friends

And Vito, our vintner-neighbour who claims that flowers are useless because – unlike grapes and vegetables — flowers can’t be eaten. It’s an ongoing argument and I think we both like that.

Blog Photo - Vito amid the flowers


Dedicated to all who love gardens, and your garden friends too.

Photos by Hamlin Grange.



Filed under A Good Home, Canadian Gardens, Canadian life

67 responses to “Garden Friends

  1. I like your kind of friends & your garden!

  2. Every time I see shots of your garden, I want to come live there. You don’t mind, do you? 🙂 And second, what lovely friends to have . . . friends who get the whole green connection. As you know, not everybody does!

  3. Bliss to have everything but garden gnomes, n’est-ce pas?

  4. Georgeina

    A very beautiful garden, with or without gnomes. If you would like a resident gnome, I’m available. A quiet, remote corner will do.

  5. Words and pictures that warmed our winter hearts down South. Say hello to the friends for me.

  6. I love seeing your gardens, Cynthia. Are you sure there aren’t any gnomes hiding in all that garden lush? 🙂

  7. Absolutly beautiful! Those fir trees make a perfect backdrop for all the other lovely inahbitants of your garden. I just read on another blog that butterfles were originally called “flutter-by’s”, which makes alot of sense.

  8. You have a magical garden! Just beautiful!

  9. What lovely shots of your garden.

  10. I like your garden and its friends. Also the weathervane!

  11. Your garden is looking great. Mine also calls me to come out and my first trip is always in my robe! My furry garden friends can’t wait very long for their breakfast.

  12. You have a beautiful garden and lovely friends too Cynthia. I like your wall faces, I’d be talking to them too, if they lived here. 🙂

  13. Looks like a very friendly garden where you are never truly alone.

  14. tony

    Ms CR you can talk me down outa them trees anytime, you certainly know how to mix them words and letters together.
    one love

  15. Garden ornaments add a touch of play and personality to our gardens. I’m glad you have fun in your own way Cynthia and human friends who visit too. I need more of those! Thanks for sharing your joy and bringing a smile to my face. You might remind Vito that there are many edible flowers. 🙂

  16. Your garden is lovely, Cynthia. Though you can no longer do much gardening (except secretly when no-one’s looking!) your influence is still strong. Your planting schemes are still there – it is still your garden. We don’t have gnomes but when Elinor was very small she insisted we got some little stone creatures to put under the shrubs. I wouldn’t be without them now.

  17. Hmmm…..I think I may be with your vintner friend but I suspect he doesn’t have NEARLY as many great photos of his plants as you do!!

    • Well, Tina, Vito has to have someone on his side. He is a very smart and well-read man, who has probably researched every edible plant on earth since we first had this argument, but he may never admit to it unless pushed.

  18. So pleased to meet your garden friends. They are charming. Who is the friend who keeps the beautiful bird bath so clean and sparkling?

  19. C’est sûr : si on est amoureux des jardins on ne peut qu’aimer celui là ! Et pour sûr, les fleurs sont utiles, même pour le raison(vive les pollinisateurs) et elles peuvent(bien évidemment pas toutes;-) ) être consommées 😉

  20. We make our gardens our own, with these quirky, personal details, don’t we?

  21. I adore how you’ve populated your garden. Such a welcoming place.

  22. My oh My….your garden is so lush, full of color and beautiful!!!! I like the little cowbirds hanging around too. I have one that is still sitting on my feeder everyday looking in our window. We have named him “Earl”.

  23. It all looks pretty magical to me;0) Johanna

  24. Great garden pictures, Cynthia! Great people pictures too 🙂 Enjoy your beautiful garden!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. I absolutely love your garden. My father-in-law is just like Vito, he refuses to plant anything in the garden unless it bears fruit 😉

  26. I like all those smiling faces and lovely winged creatures who both grace the garden and never criticize … the most perfect garden inhabitants ever!

  27. Hi Cynthia. Nice garden. Thank you very much for liking my poem The Pledge! Peace and Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

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