Garden Dreaming

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Sometimes, often, frequently, all the time, thoughts of the garden, my garden sail along the ocean waves of my thoughts and dreams.

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While traveling is this phenomenon most surprising.

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Being busy with family and friends keeps a wandering mind occupied while awake with smiles and laughter, singing and interpretive dancing, cooking and cleaning, swimming and ocean views.

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But once the head nestles softly onto a fluffy landing spot, the subconscious takes the reins.

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Thoughts swirl into a miasma of moving pictures and videos, combining recent and long ago bits that have entered the folds through sight, sound, smell and touch.

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Those bits are misty, blurred around the edges, seeming surreal as was the garden, my garden upon returning home at dusk after the yearly family beach vacation extravaganza.

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Walking up the gravel path to immerse myself in the foliage and flowers that were so familiar ten days ago, the light low and the air temperature comfortably warm but not too hot, being in the garden was like entering a dream state.

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The colors were undulating, caressing, emcompassing and calling out to be captured even as the darkness drifted dreamily over the slopes as night covered the land.

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The rudbeckias were golden blazes with eyes like dark buttons.

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Surprise lilies, Lycoris squamigera were wide bouquets of seashell pink against dark deciduous azalea leaves.

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The garden and the family dominate my thoughts and dreams.

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They are intertwined in my heart.

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I dream of both.

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Do you think perhaps that is a hereditary trait?


Links to our previous beach vacation stories:

2008-The Beach Vacation

2009-The Fun Begins

2009-Sea Creatures


2011-Water, Wind, Earth and Fire

2012-Negative Ions

2012-The Shark Tale

2012-Agave Americana


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12 Responses to Garden Dreaming

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What fun for you Frances. You have been in overdrive it looks like. All that fun and sun. I hope you are well and happy. Isn’t it wonderful to be welcomed home by the garden???

    Thanks Lisa. It was a whirlwind trip and it is good to be home, but having the photos helps rekindle the happy memories. The garden never looked better to me!

  2. Carol says:

    Of course your little grandson was dreaming of your gardens! It’s always good to leave a garden because returning allows you to see it all like it was the first time, sort of.

    Thanks for stopping by, Carol. Little FG was resting his head on a garden catalog, so no wonder thoughts of plants and gardens were in his dreams. HA The closer we got to our home on the trip back, the garden became my focus stronger and stronger. It never looked so good!

  3. Valerie says:

    In the last year thoughts of family has taken the forefront of our thoughts here too. My husband’s cancer diagnosis put our our lives in a downward spiral that we are slowly recovering from but the birth of our first granddaughter has brought us great joy. Happy gardening Frances. Valerie

    Dear Valerie, thank you for sharing your family’s sadness and celebration here. May your family give you happiness and strength. There is nothing more wonderful than a new baby.

  4. Layanee says:

    Oh what sweet dreams indeed.

    Very sweet, Layanee, very, very sweet.

  5. Linda says:

    Hopefully, this is the first of many beach trips for the newest member of the family.

    This was his second beach trip, Linda, and he is already on his third right now. He is a beach pro at this point, with his hat and ‘twenties style suit. He also has sandals! HA

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  7. Beautiful family photo. I agree that the best part of leaving your garden is coming back to it and seeing it with new eyes!

    Thanks, Kathy. New eyes are always good!

  8. gail says:

    Dear Frances, Your family photos are wonderful and LTB checking out little FG made me smile, oh, but, the look of adoration on mamma’s face as she gazes at her son melts one’s heart. Your garden looks beautiful and I know it’s as happy to have you back as you are to be back home. xoxogail

    Thanks Gail, my friend. The interactions between the grands and the kids is what makes my life overflowing with happiness. I am quite content to just watch it all. The look on Ashley’s face shows the love of a proud mama, certainly. I am as proud of them all. The garden never looked so good upon return after 10 days absence.

  9. Lynn Hunt says:

    I enjoy my flights of fancy as well as actual holiday trips. The garden is always there to welcome us home! Your family photo is lovely and that little fellow is a doll!

    Ah, daydreaming is right up there with the road trips, so true, Lynn! Thanks for the kind words. Little FG is quite handsome, we agree!

  10. Rose says:

    Your garden is so beautiful, Frances, that it must be hard to leave it, and yet what a joyous sight when you return! Lovely family photos–your new little one is so precious. Time with family is the best gift of all.

    Thanks Rose. Family is so important, I know you know with your lovely family, as is the garden. Those are the best things to be passionate about.

  11. It looks like a genetic thing. 😉 And I can see why you are dreaming of both your garden and your lovely family!

    I believe you are right, Beth. Thanks for the kind words!

  12. I do fret over my garden while away, especially if it’s hot and dry. No one seems to be able to water it properly except me. How hard it is to water?

    Hi Robin, thanks for stopping by. Apparantly no one can water our gardens like we can, and don’t even think about having someone else do some weeding!

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