Friday, February 1, 2013

Songs without words... #1 in a series


I sometimes get to a point of wondering whether I should continue to blog... after all, I've shared thousands of photos of these two acres over the past few years. It's sort of like the old joke about sharing home movies with your guests... but then again, my blog visitors keep returning of their own accord. Beyond that, when I'm questioning why I post, I invariably get a comment or an e-mail saying that my photos really help to brighten the dark days of winter for someone...or that my photos bring joy to someone's life.  If one person receives joy from what I share, then I am satisfied that I should continue. Personally, I never tire of photos of magnolias in bloom and beautiful garden scenes... this is good for me as well. I don't want to appear self-centered, but I love my gardens and I enjoy looking at them through the long, dark months of winter when my arthritis is kicking in big time from the cold and I sometimes go days without seeing another human other than my dear wife. Winter without a doubt helps me appreciate the gardens all the more and to not take them for granted.

Yes I know... a lot of talk for a song without words... this was just the recitative my friends... the aria is about to begin... Take care , Larry




































17 comments:

AuksÄ— Gardenstories said...

I read your blog from last year's fall. I never write comments to you, because my knowledge of English is minimal. But now after reading your post, decided to write to you necessarily.
I very like your blog. Photo of your beautiful garden I watch a few times. Your blog makes this cold winter warmer. Be sure to write your blog in the future. It gives people pleasure.
Thank you.

AuksÄ—
http://manogardenstories.blogspot.com/

joebloggs said...

Larry,
I find that the thing with gardening is that although my garden is the same shape the same size and contains roughly the same groups of plants, each year it is totally different. Just as your children grow and change its with great joy and fondness that you look back at old photos and see how they have developed from clumsy toddlers into awkward teens then mature and independent adults, so to it is with the same feeings it is to see a patch of this earth that you have been blessed to be custodian of. Just imagine how bereft you would be without the pictures.
Also I find I spend so much time actually working in the garden I don't have time to sit and look at it!!

Larry said...

Thank you both for leaving comments... it is very much appreciated and also really fun to know some of the folks who stop by the blog...Of course I have my followers, but I know there are over 700 hits most weeks that aren't accounted for by the people who have signed up to follow... it's an honor to have all of you to take the time to view the plants that mean so much to me! Larry

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Your gardens are filled with such beauty. It is wonderful that you share it with so many. God's creation is a wonderful thing to behold.

FlowerLady

Nadezda said...

Larry, I'm here over Aukse from Lithuania.
I love your garden, is awesome!
Special clematises are very nice. Your gazebo decorated with flowers is romantic.
Nadezda
Saint Petersburg
Russia
http://northern-garden.blogspot.com/

Larry said...

It's wonderful to hear from you Flower Lady and also Nadezda... thanks for visiting! Larry

Beth said...

Hi Larry, I enjoy seeing your gardens. I think it is okay to post pics you have shown before; most people aren't going to remember them if it's been awhile, and even if they do, what is wrong with seeing a lovely scene again? It's more difficult knowing what to post in the winter time; in spring, summer, and fall there is abundance!
Blessings, Beth

Lavender Cottage said...

The delicate notes of your aria have been received in Ontario with appreciation. I'm guilty of not always commenting on blogs because of the time it takes when you're visiting the posts of so many wonderful people.
I too hope you will continue to blog, for like our gardens, blogs evolve with new visitors, topics and photos to share.
Judith

Gabby said...

I don't remember previous post pictures. And I find that your posts always, and I mean always, gives me inspiration. Keeping your blog up-to-date makes me believe your gardens are current, and not left to wither away. You put our botanical garden to shame. Our climate has been too dry and hot to have the spectacular, lush look that you garden has. I hope you keep posting.

HELENE said...

Hello Larry! Why are we blogging? I know why I am blogging; because I love my garden and want to share it with other people, because I love meeting other gardeners and hear what they are doing and learn new things and I can’t do that by just being at home pottering in my own garden, and finally because taking pictures and writing about my garden is another way of being creative and I am a very creative person. I have just written my post number 200, in 2 years, and I am definitely going to continue, if any of my reasons applies to you I think you also got good reasons to continue. Another, not insignificant reason is of course the great satisfaction it is to get all the great feedback from all our visitors, it really makes all the work worth wile!

I so enjoy visiting your garden, I can’t get out and visit public gardens anymore so virtual visits is all I am left with, yours is a real treat. Thank you for today's pictures and thank you for blogging :-)

Larry said...

Thanks Beth, Lavender Cottage, Gabby, and Helene... I appreciate hearing from you and I do understand how difficult it can be to comment on all the blogs we visit... only so many hours in a day for sure. Congrats to you Helene on hitting your 200th post! I'm not certain where I'm at since I erased many of the early ones, but somewhere around 500 I think. I do agree that blogging can be another means of being creative... I need to take the time to look at different means of presenting my photos. One thing that I really am enjoying this winter is going through the archives and looking for photos that I haven't posted in the past... the majority from the past couple months are exactly that... at any rate thanks again and now it's back to the wood shop for me... actually creating there... not receiving punishment as in the days of the old fashioned wood shed! Larry

Steve B. said...

Hi Larry. I've never commented, but check your blog almost daily. It is very inspiring. In fact, I want YOUR garden! Your photography is stunning. Please keep blogging. Thanks.

Karen said...

Hello Larry, Your blog is an inspiration to everyone as you can see by the comments above. Your photos are a delight, especially during this icy cold stretch we are going through yet again.



Alistair said...

Hi Larry, you were one of the very first whom I had regular contact with a little over two years ago. I honestly didn't think that my gardening pleasure could get any better, and then I found blogging. Although my visits are now only once each fortnight, I would truly miss if you were not there, your pictures and words cheer me each time I drop by.

Juliana said...

all pictures are awesome, but first and the last are the best!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Carolyn said...

Although there are a lot of garden blogs out there, there ae very few truly wonderful garden blogs composed by experienced gardeners with excellent garden design and photography skills. Yes, I mean you. That's why I follow your blog and hope to continue to do so. Keep it up.

Carole said...

I know blogging can take up a lot of time but I hope you realize how much pleasure you bring to us. I unfortunately don't have time to garden for myself as much as I'd like anymore. I'd like to think that my customers have gardens as well taken care and loved like you do yours.
take care and don't stop blogging