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Here you are:  in MyGarden. I bid you welcome.

Gardens are mirrors of men's hearts and souls, so is MyGarden. MyGarden is only a small piece of land which surrounds my house. I had planned, designed, and finally realised it all by myself - in a long and, hopefully, never-ending process of learning and trying, and trying and learning. The result is nothing very formal and still far from being perfect, but it attempts to unite the principles of both formal harmony and natural laisser-faire, using the classical elements of soil, stone, water, and the inexhaustible variety of plants, with a few that I tried to make dominate: roses, lilies, paeonias, hemerocallises, funkias, bell-flowers, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, selected alpines on the dry wall and water lilies in the garden pond.

I wanted this garden to become a romantic refugium from far too hectic and perfunctory life, a sheltered place, a niche of natural silence and contemplation: for the family, for our cats, our tortoises, the many wild birds who come and build their nests or find their home in one of the breeding-boxes, the bats, the hedgehogs, the beech martens (whose secret hiding place I know...), frogs and fish, the innumerable insects - and, last-not-least, the magic watering pot at the garden pond with its never-ending bubbling sound.

Take a few minutes to roam through my little world, through an oasis of fantasy and imagination. I shall meet you on the garden bench for a chat and a glass of cool Riesling if you like.

By the way, if you are using Internet Explorer and switch your loudspeaker on, you can even hear the sounds of  MyGarden...

 

 

Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
  
- Gerald De Nerval

 

 

The great challenge for the garden designer is not to make the garden natural,

But to make the garden look natural so that the people in it will feel natural.

- Lawrence Halprin

 

 

 

 

The comfortable and comforting people are those who look upon
The bright side of life; gathering its roses and sunshine and making
The most that happens seem the best.
- Dorothy Dix

 

 

He prayeth best who loveth best

All Things both great and small.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

 

 

 

If you have a mind at peace, and a heart that cannot harden,
Go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.

 

 

Flowers are love's truest language.

- Park Benjamin

 

 

Innumerable as the stars of night,
Or stars of morning, dewdrops which the sun
Impearls on every leaf and every flower.

- John Milton

 

 

To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music;

It is one of these things which is far better to enjoy,

Than the attempt to fully understand.

- Henry T. Tuckerman

 

All gardeners need to know when to accept something Wonderful
And unexpected, taking no credit except for letting it be.
- Allen Lacy

Creativity is so delicate a flower
That praise tends to make it bloom,
While discouragement often nips it in the bud.

Because a garden means constantly making choices,
It offers almost limitless possibilities for surprise and satisfaction.
- Jane Garmey

 

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. 
You are always living three, or indeed six, months hence. I believe that
People entirely devoid of imagination never can be really good gardeners. 
To be content with the present, and not striving about the future, is fatal.
- Alice Morse Earle

 

 

The underlying attraction of the movement of water and sand is biological.

If we look more deeply we can see it as the basis of an abstract idea

Linking ourselves with the limitless mechanics of the universe.

- Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

 

 

 

 

You are the miracle bird,
Risen
From the memory
Of the Sun's Womb
In the heart of the Earth.
Flutter,
Flutter on,
My heart.

- Mahmud Kianush

 

 

If your heart is straight with God,
Then every creature will be to you
A mirror of life
And a book of holy doctrine.

- Thomas Kempis

 

 

Flowers have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings,

Not unlike some strains of music.

They relax the tenseness of the mind.

They dissolve its vigor.

- Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

 

A garden is like the self. It has so many layers and
Winding paths, real or imagined, that it can never
Be known completely, even by the most
Intimate of friends.
- Anne Raver

 

 

There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of cathedrals

- Anne Raver

 

A  garden makes all our senses swim with pleasure.

     - William Lawson

 

 

Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.
- Oscar Wilde

 

To understand the whole it is necessary to understand the parts.
To understand the parts, it is necessary to understand the whole.
Such is the circle of understanding.
- Ken Wilber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Where flowers bloom so does hope.
- Lady Bird Johnson

 

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers
Is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely
As the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.
- Abram L. Urban

 

We don't see things as they are,

We see them as we are.

- Anais Nin

 

 

It isn't that I don't like sweet disorder,

But it has to be judiciously arranged.

- Vita Sackville West

 

 

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
- Ernest Dowson

 

Beauty is like summer fruits

Which are easy to corrupt and cannot last.

- Frances Bacon

 

The little things?

The little moments?

They are not little.

- John Zabat-Zinn

 

Il faut cultiver notre jardin!  - Voltaire

 

All photographs taken and 2005-2015 by Hadi Teichmann

 

My Thanks To:

Michael P. Garofalo and his wonderful website "The Spirit of Gardening", the source of my quotes

 

 The End

 

 

 Initially published: 2005
Last revision and additions: 6th February 2017
2005-2017 by Hans-Dieter Teichmann

Impressum/Editor's Note