The Charmed Garden



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

travel alone


For overseas

was beyond their realm

Yet midst the blooms

was cast a spell


As if in England, Scotland,

or France

The garden’s charms

caused them to dance


As lovers lost

in Paradise

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.

Proverbs 5:18


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79 thoughts on “The Charmed Garden

  1. 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..

    1. Von, I love hearing about couples who have remained close friends/partners after so many years. πŸ™‚ We’re approaching our 30th anniversary. Blessings to you both!

  2. These are wonderful photos, Wendy. You do have the most beautiful flowers. Blessings for you and your husband.

  3. 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 ~

  4. Hello Wendy,
    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,
    Best wishes

    1. 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? πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your kind words and visit.

      1. Hello Wendy,
        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,
        Best wishes

        1. 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! πŸ™‚

  5. 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

    1. 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. πŸ™‚

      Blessings to you, Alison, and your family!

  6. 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! πŸ˜€

    Much love to you, my beloved friend,

    1. 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!

  7. Wendy, your photography is lovely; such simple photos, but simply beautiful – showing God’s creation at its best πŸ™‚

  8. 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!

  9. Beautifully said Wendy – it is not where, but with whom – how very true πŸ™‚

    Loved your verses and the photographs.

    For me, this has been a great visit to your blog. Thank you.

    Cheers, Eric

  10. 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. πŸ™‚

    1. 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… πŸ™‚

      1. 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. πŸ™‚

  11. Lovely post.Thoughts and the amazing pictures.Thank you for liking my post ( Loving my woman /my Wife. ) Best wishes.jalal

  12. 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.

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