The Charmed Garden
His pockets were not
lined with gold
A committed man
from youth till old
For gifts he’d fashion
a garden seat
With treasures brought back
from the beach
His lady loved
their garden at home
For in it they would
was beyond their realm
Yet midst the blooms
was cast a spell
As if in England, Scotland,
The garden’s charms
caused them to dance
As lovers lost
A devoted husband
with his gentle wife.
It’s not where you are in life that counts as much as who you’re with.
Garden Charm Blessings ~ Wendy
May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
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79 thoughts on “The Charmed Garden”
Is that not the truth…it is all about who we travel this life with. Beautiful images Wendy…stay blessed.
Laurie, thank you, and blessings to you and your wonderful walking partner! 🙂
Lovely poem, Wendy, is it about you and Ian? I love the pictures too, especially the first one! 🙂 Hugs
Yes, it is, dear friend! xo He is good with wood and often makes me gifts that I’ve hinted for. 😉
Beautiful, Wendy, the poem and the photos. x
Thank you, Jennifer! I’m coming over to the East Coast via your blog, now. 🙂
How beautiful this post is x it made my heart sing with the words and photos and the wisdom they hold x Thank you x
Thank you for letting me know that you were blessed by it! 🙂
So beautiful, photography and poem. And it’s right, who you travel with is all -important. I’m so thankful for my “traveling companion” for these 40+ years..
Von, I love hearing about couples who have remained close friends/partners after so many years. 🙂 We’re approaching our 30th anniversary. Blessings to you both!
Your posts are always worth waiting for.
What a sweet compliment – thank you! 🙂
These are wonderful photos, Wendy. You do have the most beautiful flowers. Blessings for you and your husband.
Winter seemed so long and dark, and so I am loving the blooms while they are here. 🙂 Thank you, Mary Ann!
Beautiful from top to bottom . . . it is about the one we share so much with in the here and now that makes the sights and sounds around us come alive. ~ Blessings ~
I agree – the Presence of Love illuminates beauty! Thank you dear friend.
I wondered if you are both gardeners, and share the inevitable workload? We were fortunate to go to HRH Prince Charles’ gardens at Highgrove with friends last week, and in an introductory DVD loop, he said (which I’ve heard elsewhere), that a garden is an insight into the soul of the gardener(s), and I’m inclined to agree. You both are fortunate to share your special plot with each other – and now through your pics. and poetry, a little bit of your soul with your readers. Thank you,
Julian, we both are spiritually invested in our garden; however, I am the one who gets the dirty fingernails! Ian is wonderful at the behind the scenes help such as installing the micro-irrigation and sprinkler system; keeping my tools sharp;building beautiful wood structures/furniture;hauling what I can’t (boulders); suggesting themes such as a new rock garden at the base of an old cedar; and not complaining when supper is late ( like last night as I was planting a second and third variety of peas…). Often he’ll offer to cook a meal if he sees that I am on a roll. Who is the main cook at your place? 😉 Thank you for your kind words and visit.
Sounds like a perfect arrangement. Fiona does most of the cooking, but I make the home made bread, jams, jellies, pizzas, etc. So again a nice mix/division of tasks. I’m wondering what peas you grow ? I’ve just seen that the peas in our greenhouse (Oregon Sugar Pod mange tout) have their first little pods forming! 2 months ahead of what we managed outside last year. But today has been a great day here for catching up with sowing outside in the garden. At last it feels like spring,
I grow open pollinated peas and have been saving my own seeds for over 25 years. Originally I bought them from a local company. I’ve planted telephone-pole shelling peas(Alderman), sugarsnap, and snowpeas(my shelling ones are about 20 cm tall now in a raised bed) I have forgotten most of the official names of my seeds. My Russian grandma always saved her own seeds while my English grandma taught me to love roses! 🙂
Your garden seems to be a visual expression of the blossoming love in your marriage. I too know the joy of sharing the journey with someone who brings great blessings of help, joy, and strength. What a lovely tribute this is, and I can only imagine how gorgeous your garden is. Blessings–Alison
Lilacs and many other flowers bloom the better for stressed conditions. We’ve been blessed in that, so far, our trials have made our marriage better and not bitter. 🙂
Blessings to you, Alison, and your family!
“Better and not bitter”…great way to put it and great way to live.
commitment is worth so much more than gold 🙂 thank you for sharing from your heart … many blessings to you!!
Well said, Heidi: “commitment is worth so much more than gold” xo
Love your beautiful floral pictures… The lighting n color, brings out a sunny smile for spring… 🙂
Thank you for making me smile with your “sunny” words! 🙂
This is perfection, Wendy–gloriously beautiful, even reverent. Thank you and God bless you.
I have been inspired, a lot, by your writings! Thank you, Jael.
Thank you, dear Heather! 🙂
Simply beautiful, Wendy, in how you’ve presented this, and in its true and beautiful themes.
Lord bless you!
Maria, thank you for your kind and generous comment! 🙂
The poem and the flowers are top.!
I think your photos are tops, dear friend! 🙂 Thank you!
Beautiful blog! Thank you for visiting mine. God bless you!
Thank you! I hope that you will visit here again. 🙂
Most definitely! I’ll be back!
Wendy – the poem was beautiful, as always, and so were the pics, but I have my sights on one picture in particular, and I need your help… What are the beautiful pink flowers (6th one from top)? They are gorgeous, and I want some! 😀
Much love to you, my beloved friend,
Cheryl, they are “heather” which I believe originate from Scotland. I have a white one too. They seem very hardy and even drought tolerant.
Blessings & hugs, dear friend!
Wendy, your photography is lovely; such simple photos, but simply beautiful – showing God’s creation at its best 🙂
Thank you! “showing God’s creation at its best” is my passion… 🙂
What a beautiful story and photos to match. You had me picturing a sweet couple in their garden! Thank you for blessing us! God bless you!
I neglected to mention their little dog who loves to be carried about like a little prince. But the mistress is getting rather forgetful…
Beautiful pics and prose. 🙂 I also said something very similar – “The walk isn’t as important as Who you walk with.”
It is a very true sentiment isn’t it! Glad to connect with you!
Live Blessed – Heather
Yes, Heather, “there is nothing new under the sun” – just a variety of ways to serve something up! 😉
Beautifully said Wendy – it is not where, but with whom – how very true 🙂
Loved your verses and the photographs.
For me, this has been a great visit to your blog. Thank you.
Thank you, Eric! Now I am coming over to visit your blog. 🙂
The photos and poem are beautiful.
It was a heartfelt write. Thank you, Sheryl!
Lovely sentiments – marriage is yet a beautiful thing…
Commitment uses the rough edges in the journey to polish the diamond of marriage.
Your photos are stunning. Thank you for sharing just a little bit of perfect.
The Flower Maker does all things well! I’m just His reporter and photographer… 😉
I only have three yellow tulips. I tried explaining the flower name to my almost three grandson. Not quite Two lips for your face. Too cute three year olds.
Paradise with love ones is where our hearts are. 🙂
Jules, I cherished my children so much while they were toddlers and was so blessed to be at home with them full-time. I still miss those chubby cheek days – but I adore my teenagers too. Enjoy that little guy! He is blessed to have a loving grandmother. Have you taught him about snapdragon flowers? Little boys love how the “jaw” moves on them… 🙂
I might have to plant some. Maybe I can get his mom to plant some in her yard. 🙂
You might enjoy this longer verse relating to Alice in Wonderland, penned for a prompt:
I’ll check it out! Thank you, Jules. 🙂
Amen to this, friend and so much more.
How appropriate that you would visit my blog while I was out planting dahlias and calendulas! xo
What a gorgeous set of pictures and lovely poem and scripture. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for your visit and comment! 🙂
So lovely! I’m glad you found me, and I’m really looking forward to reading more of your blog. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Jennifer, I had to check out your blog when I saw the lovely name: Fragrant Grace. Thank you for visiting back! 🙂
Thank you. I’m pretty sure that name was “gifted” to me. I love what has transpired in my mind and heart through this blogging “tool” I get to use. 🙂
The pretty, pretty flowers of Spring … they uplift my spirits. Lovely photos.
Thank you, Marilyn! Your awesome sense of humor always uplifts my spirits… 🙂
Great poems and photos of a charmend garden.
Thank you! There’s not much I love more than spending time in a garden. 🙂
Lovely piece, Lady! 🙂
Thank you, Josephina!
Blessings ~ Wendy
Lovely post.Thoughts and the amazing pictures.Thank you for liking my post ( Loving my woman /my Wife. ) Best wishes.jalal
Thank you, Jalal, for your visit too!
I really enjoyed reading your lovely poem, the photos are so vibrant. We’re having a cold spring here in England and so many of the flowers are taking their time to bloom.
I hope that it doesn’t warm up too suddenly or severely – flowers last longer in mild weather. Sending some sunshine your way. 🙂
Awesome! I enjoy your blog SO much!
And I enjoy yours too, dear poet friend!