Path To Enlightenment

Enlightenment-illumination, spiritual education, light.

Paths, of the garden sort, also can lead to the light, interpreted as you wish.

Do not fear to enter into the darkness…

The light will point the way…

Follow the signs…

The garden will gently lead you…

Protection abounds…

Release your tightly wound preconceived notions…

To find the magic…

You will know when you have arrived at your destination.


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18 Responses to Path To Enlightenment

  1. Regina says:

    Good morning, Frances!

    What wonderful photos, the lighting is beautiful!
    I was wondering what type of grasses are shown in your 1st photo, the flowing ones along the edge of the path? They resemble maybe Mexican feather grass, Stipa tenuissima. It probably is since it’s not hardy for me here in IL.

    Hope you don’t have any bad weather from Issac today, except maybe some much needed rain! We are all looking forward to it moving on up here to Central Illinois to give us some much needed moisture.


    Good morning, Regina! Thanks for visiting. The grasses at the bottom of the first photo are indeed Stipa tenuissima, a mighty fine plant. Don’t be so sure about its hardiness, drainage is more important than the cold. See how it is at the top of a slope there, that is the planting key. I would give it a try if I were you, if it dies, oh well. It could make it, and remember, only one living blade means it is alive and will come around if given enough time. Thanks for the rain wishes, we certainly need some right now. I hope you get some, too.

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    DeLightfull trip through your garden. 🙂

    HA Lisa, you are a funny one!

  3. Layanee says:

    It does draw one in.

    Thanks Layanee. The garden certainly draws me in, I can’t stay out of it for more than an hour at a time except while asleep, then I am dreaming of it!

  4. Today’s words and pictures are in beautiful harmony. I especially love the photo of the Passiflora (?) and its accompanying prose …gardening does unwind me and allows my mind to wander.

    Thanks Michaele. The passionflowers have done better than ever before this year, in several places in the garden. There are more flowers open at the same time, not sure why, but loving it!

  5. A beautiful reverie, Frances. Love that you chose the lowly Maypop to illustrate the “preconceived notions.” What an exquisite photograph.

    Thanks Georgia. I didn’t know the passionflower was lowly! HA We think it to be quite exotic and fascinating. It was the letting go, illustrated by the tightly wound tendrils that was my intent. But of course, all words and photos are open to individual interpretation!

  6. Mark and Gaz says:

    What wonderful photos and a delightful trip to your garden!

    Thanks Mark and Gaz. The garden never fails to engulf me, body and soul, all year around. I am shamelessly in love with it.

  7. Diana says:

    I love the complex, layered bones of your garden. And it’s looking rich and colorful — I could just sit on one of those steps and look around for hours. I’m surprised you get anything done!

    Thanks Diana, complex and layered could be code for jungle! HA I would love to have you visit and see the garden here. When I sit in the garden, I am more likely to be mentally adding things to the *to do* list. But that is the zen of it for me, I love working in the garden more than anything.

  8. Cyndi says:

    You really do have beautiful gardens Frances! I love your words to mean so much! Beauty abounds in your nature preserve!
    Smiles, Cyndi

    Thanks so much Cyndi, your kind words mean a lot to me! Nature is so full of beauty, it nearly bursts my heart with happiness.

  9. letterfrombritain says:

    Beautiful. All great gardens have this mystery. And most have a resident cat, too.

    Hi Letter, thanks and welcome! Kitty loves to hang out in the garden with me, he is good at leading tours, too!

  10. Love the lighting in the photo with the Yuccas…very pretty.

    Hi Janet, thanks. There is nothing like early morning light, any time of year.

  11. Cindy, MCOK says:

    I love seeing Kitty out there, it makes me smile! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful garden … wish I could be there with you!

    Thanks, Cindy! Come on over any time, you are always welcome!

  12. Frances,
    Beautiful photos! Thanks so much!
    I suppose the little elf house above the word “magic” is of your own creation? Hypertufa perhaps? And the face is mesmerizing too. You have a beautiful garden! Thanks for letting us visit!

    Thanks Shenandoah. The little house is a fairy house, made from leaf casting mix which is the same as mortar. The face is that of the Goddess Athena, she guards the garden.

  13. sharon says:

    just starting the path a little late better than never……stunning…I wish I was the cat… your pictures are captivating and tell the story

    Hi Sharon, glad you could make it, thanks for visiting. Kitty has a good life, that is for sure. He likes to help me outside in the garden, but sleeps almost all the time. What a life!

  14. Laureh says:

    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your photos!

    Thanks for visiting, Laureh.

  15. Dee A. Nash says:

    One of the greatest joys of gardening, down and dirty, is getting to see the play of light upon leaves. It is a wonder to behold.

    Thanks Dee, the morning light is wonderful here, there way my garden is situated. We are lucky for that, and do appreciate the wonder.

  16. Gail says:

    It’s such a lovely path and takes you into an enchanted land for certain. xoxogail

    Thanks Gail. This garden is all about paths, I love traipsing up and down and all around them. So does Kitty!

  17. Rose says:

    What a delightful post! The lighting is beautiful, especially with some of the plants you’ve chosen that seem to shimmer in the sunlight. Enjoyed seeing the garden from Kitty’s point of view!

    I have finally posted about our visit to your garden, Frances; I had so many photos that it took me quite awhile to narrow them down so I didn’t post a novel:) I hope you’ll have time to check it out sometime and correct any identification mistakes I may have made.

    Dear Rose, you have outdone yourself! I so enjoyed you, Lisa and Beckie visiting, your story about it makes my heart sing. I will reread it many times, to remember that fun day. Thank you for taking the time in a very long drive to come on down to my place! As always, your post was extremely well written.

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