Sunday, January 30, 2011

If I Just Close My Eyes

Winter Garden
"In winter's cold and sparkling snow,
The garden in my mind does grow.
I look outside to blinding white,
And see my tulips blooming bright.
And over there a sweet carnation,
Softly scents my imagination.
On this cold and freezing day,
The Russian sage does gently sway,
And miniature roses perfume the air,
I can see them blooming there.
Though days are short, my vision's clear.
And through the snow, the buds appear.
In my mind, clematis climbs,
And morning glories do entwine.

Woodland phlox and scarlet pinks,
Replace the frost, if I just blink.
My inner eye sees past the snow.
And in my mind, my garden grows."
-   Author, Cynthia Adams -
Poem used by permission of its author.
Thank you Cynthia!

 Happy Winter Gardening,


Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

What an enchanting and timely poem! Your beautiful pictures compliment the words perfectly. Wonderful post Lona. :)

Carol said...

Lovely poem and your photographs are vibrant and so beautiful Lona! Your winter scene enchanting!

Sheila said...


Jan@Thanks for today. said...

Absolutely beautiful photos and poem, too, dear Lona! I can see these things in my mind's eye, too! It's going to be a beautiful spring, and we'll all celebrate together. Soon--very soon!!!

Tootsie said...

I love this post! the words are so sweet and they go along with your beautiful winter garden pics just right!
have a great week friend!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

My eyes are happy for the sight of your flowers. What a pretty sight.

Bonnie said...

We definitely need our imaginations.

Balisha said...

Lona...that was so pretty. Balisha

A Garden of Threads said...

I love that poem, great job with the pictures. I love your winter garden. Happy gardening my friend.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful poem accompanied by beautiful images. As much snow as I see here, your first image really touched me in its snowy simplicity. I almost wanted to stop and sit with a thermos of hot chocolate and calmly watch the steam billow into the air around my face.This image has a story to tell.

Bangchik said...

Beautiful display of colourful flowers....

Liz said...

Hi Lona,

Lovely! I think I might just join you in your dream.

It's bright here today but quite frosty so I will not attempt the jobs I intended to do - mulch, copice and sow some seeds.

I hope you have a nice week and any snow if you still have it, melts :)

RainGardener said...

What a great poem and beautiful pictures you put with it. Your pictures are always so gorgeous! The first picture with the bench and the snow is really great.

T Opdycke said...

This is simply beautiful, Lona. I hear yet another storm is heading our way and imagining flowers blooming and fragrance wafting along spring breezes makes it a bit easier to endure.

Be warm and well!

Gatsbys Gardens said...


What a great view of what's to come along with the lovely poetry.


Aerie-el said...

How lovely to see all those beautiful images, and dream of things to come. I'm looking forward to signs of spring.
Happy winter gardening to you too!

sweetbay said...

Sigh... your photos, both summer and winter, are extraordinarily lovely.

Stephanie said...

Your 'winter garden' is really beautiful ;-)

Anonymous said...

I'm closing my eyes ~ trying really hard to see spring!! It's snowing and blowing here today (temperatures in the teens) so spring seems like a stretch. Good thing you have so many great photos posted to remind us. I love the last photo with the bench.

Anonymous said...

Just what I needed on this cold & blustery day! Thank you for sharing!

Floridagirl said...

Your snow scene and the frosty window *almost* make winter look beautiful. Hope spring comes soon for you. I miss my summer blooms too.

Anonymous said...

Great poem and so apropos, Lona. We've got to do all we can to keep our sanity. Great photos!

debsgarden said...

What beautiful images to illustrate a delightful poem! I really like your two wintry photos; they are perfect counterpoint to all the colorful flowers. May all your dreams of spring come true!

Karen said...

Such wonderful poetry and accompanying images! Soon, soon, we will defrost, right?

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Ahhh, to sleep, par chance to dream.... What a beautiful spring journey. Thanks for taking us with you!

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Yes! I think I've had that same dream! Happy almost spring to you, Lona.


Barbara said...

That was beautiful. I love the way you began and ended the post with the same scene. I also enjoyed your garden journal post. I inherited a beautiful garden journal from an old friend and must start keeping it up. Yours looks very professional. It does definitely help.

noel said...

aloha lona,

i love how you juxtaposed the winter scenes with your beautiful garden.

the poetry just adds to your wonderful garden.

Jeri Landers said...

Dittos to that! Out my window I see browns and grays, but in my imagination... oh the gardens are indeed blooming away!

Kylee said...

Just GORGEOUS! I've been going through some spring flower pics myself and am getting ready to put together a "dream of spring" post. I think I'll include a link to yours here, if that's okay!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Kylee; You know I do not care. LOL!