In my garden - some earthly delights with pictures of flowers

Dove on wall
Dove on wall

Spring - the season of new beginnings

A garden in spring is a garden of new beginnings. There is trepidation as tender shoots start to push upward through the soil still cold from winter and only gently brushed by the strengthening sun.

There are insects and lizards waking from the sleep of the cold as the still frail sun begins to warm the bodies and give energy.

As the spring matures more colour erupts into view and scents begin to fill the air.

The heady scent of the brunfelsia is mixed, rather strangely, with the aroma of the curry plant. The result is rather like a romantic dinner in the mind!

Birds visit the feeding tray in greater numbers and start to claim their pecking rights.

Altogether a time for spending in the garden, mostly just looking and enjoying the many small surprises.

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Pretty creeperDon't know the name of this little beauty but I enjoy it all the same!IrisBottle brushHibiscus gives a feminine lookMonstera deliciosa a "male" look?Pansy or "gesiggie" (little face) in Afrikaans.Fiddle head - or in this cse perhaps "cello head"?Water caught in strelitzia leaf"A lonely little petunia ..."Pretty berriesHydrangea buds.
Pretty creeper
Pretty creeper
Don't know the name of this little beauty but I enjoy it all the same!
Don't know the name of this little beauty but I enjoy it all the same!
Iris
Iris
Bottle brush
Bottle brush
Hibiscus gives a feminine look
Hibiscus gives a feminine look
Monstera deliciosa a "male" look?
Monstera deliciosa a "male" look?
Pansy or "gesiggie" (little face) in Afrikaans.
Pansy or "gesiggie" (little face) in Afrikaans.
Fiddle head - or in this cse perhaps "cello head"?
Fiddle head - or in this cse perhaps "cello head"?
Water caught in strelitzia leaf
Water caught in strelitzia leaf
"A lonely little petunia ..."
"A lonely little petunia ..."
Pretty berries
Pretty berries
Hydrangea buds.
Hydrangea buds.

What the camera "sees"

Meanwhile the mind, from pleasure less,
Withdraws into its happiness;
The mind, that ocean where each kind
Does straight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other worlds, and other seas;
Annihilating all that's made
To a green thought in a green glade ...
Such was that happy garden-state, ...
- Andrew Marvell, The Garden

Just walking around the garden with camera in hand can produce some lovely surprises.

Flowers give such pleasure with the variety of shapes and colours. I love taking pictures of flowers, in my garden and elsewhere.

Our garden is small and I don't do too much in it and yet nature so generously adds to the little I do to make a splendid show.

A silly little post-war song:

Ooooh, I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch,
an onion patch, an onion patch

I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch
and all I do is cry all day
Boo hoo, boo hoo

The air ís so strong it takes my breath away
feee---you
I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch,
oh won't you come and play with me

- Written by: Maurie Hartmann, Billy Faber and Johnny Kamono - © 1946

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"Come into my parlour ..."A Crested Barbett foraging for grubsA hovering insectA busy beeThat lizard!
"Come into my parlour ..."
"Come into my parlour ..."
A Crested Barbett foraging for grubs
A Crested Barbett foraging for grubs
A hovering insect
A hovering insect
A busy bee
A busy bee
That lizard!
That lizard!

Gardens and the imagination

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.
- Alice Morse Earle, 1897, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden

I love to go out into my little garden in the morning and just look at all the things going on in it. There are ants and spiders, birds and worms all going about their businesses and each, in its own way, contributes something to this great planet we live on.

I find it impossible to be in the presence of so much life and not be stimulated. I look at the crumbling end of a piece of wood that is slowly turning into loam and wonder how it got there, what was its life before it came to be lying where it is. Was it cut from a tree growing in another garden far away? Who cut it? What was the life of that person like? Did that person also like nature?

I watch a spider patiently sitting in its web, waiting for a juicy insect to fly into it and become a nourishing meal.

The lizard who sits watchfully in the sun, drawing energy from it while keeping its beedy black eye open for a likely passing insect gets me wondering about what the lizard is thinking about? How does the lizard experience me? Does it perceive me as another form of life? Does it even have a concept of "life"?


A garden should be in a constant state of fluid change, expansion, experiment, adventure; above all it should be an inquisitive, loving, but self-critical journey on the part of its owner.
- H. E. Bates

Copyright notice

The text and all images on this page, unless otherwise indicated, are by Tony McGregor who hereby asserts his copyright on the material. Should you wish to use any of the text or images feel free to do so with proper attribution and, if possible, a link back to this page. Thank you.

© Tony McGregor 2011

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Thanks for the somewhat exotic tour of your preservation,TonyMac;)


"Quill" 5 years ago

Lovely... I could send some snow brother for moisture... wonderful read... love it.

Blessings


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

in my garden some early delights is such a beautiful expression of seasons and how seasons of life and earth are so complete and bound together, as I see it. Beautiful. Makes me want a green house off my kitchen, I've thought about that often. It was 70 degrees here in Ohio today but has also been in the 30's oh Ohio. It feels like spring today and yet tomorrow we may wake to several feet of snow. Love and Peace :)


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Makiwa 5 years ago from Australia

All the colours of the rainbow are in the garden with a symphony of music from the bees making honey. Heavens all around if you’re looking but you can’t see it when you’re crying

All at once my childhoods never left me as I sit in the sun and feel the new day has begun.

Thank you Tony


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

I love gardening and all the beautiful creatures and plants. Its a world within a world, a little eco-system full of great surprises. For me, gardening is so relaxing and such a gift. Loved this hub, especially now that winter is approaching in MN. Many buttons were pushed here:)


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li smith ion-eco 5 years ago from Hermanus, South Africa

A garden of Eden right on your doorstep, and thank you so much for sharing, Tony. I especially liked the colourful "gesiggie", sy is so mooi!

Love and peace,

Li


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Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

Aww, lovely. Winter is fast approaching here and I am already longing for spring.


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Die'Dre' 5 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

Thank you for sharing your garden. Your article made me reflect. All the time I watch my garden, I probably only see half of its wonders.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Tony, i dearly loved this and i remember the song,'Petunia in an onion patch'A gargen is so full of life.I have a gargen every year,lots of flowers,tomatoes,green peppers, and cucumbers.It's cold here now.I envy you,but glad you have one to enjoy.

Love and Peace


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Nancy's Niche 5 years ago from USA

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."~~Hanna Rion

Delightfully illustrated piece Tony; thanks for sharing your wonderful garden with us…


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Lovely imagery both in words and in pictures.

Here in Dallas, my autumn is dragging its feet! Some leaves have fallen, to be sure but looking across the way, the trees are still fairly green and leafy. My neighbors giant oak trees have blanketed my front yard with ball-bearing-like acorns, which are the delight of my squirrels, but the undoing of me. LOL. Yet we're still looking for a first real frost. They say "maybe" tonight, though not certain of it and they are sure we'll be back into warm temperatures next week.

Your beautiful spring gardening sounds just wonderful!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

A truly beautiful Hub. Both the pictures and the words are lovely. Thank you for this pleasure.

James


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Tony, this is amazing. Not only this hub and the beautiful flowers in your garden, but the fact that I was planning exactly the same kind of hub. I think this is the third time you publish a hub I have in my mind to publish. Now you’ve got to tell me the name of that little angel spy of yours? You know I thought I heard her whisper in my ear a few days ago.... Dis elke keer ’n lekker verrassing! They say great minds think alike. Knowing for sure you have a gReAt mind, really makes me feel good :)))) Thanks, this was really one of those nice, relaxing reads.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

Tonymac,

I truly enjoyed this walk with you in your garden! I love your photos and imagined I was also there taking more photos.

Thanks for sharing!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I loved reading this hub. Spring is one of my favorite time of the year. The pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Acer - thanks for stopping by and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the time on the "preservation"!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Quill - thanks for the offer but I'm not sure I would welcome snow right now! I'm just getting used to the warmth - though we could use some of the moisture, that's certain!

Thanks for stopping by

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Katie - I have to say that I don't envy you your snow! Thanks so much for your kind words and lovely comment.

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Makiwa - thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. Hope the tears are dry now!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Minnetonka Twin - thank you so much for the visit and the kind words (and actions!). Gardening is a wonderful activity indeed. I did a bit this afternoon - put in some cinneraria seeds - just hope they come up!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Li - is sy nie pragtig nie? Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate it.

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Silva - thanks for the comment and I hope you get through the winter OK!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Die'Dre' - thanks so much for stopping byand commenting. I think we rarely see all the wonders there are to see in a garden - and there's always something new. It's magic!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Ruby - gardens are wonderful in their profusion of life. I just love being in my little green corner!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Nancy - thanks for that wonderful quote! I really like it and will remember it - it makes so much "sense"!

Thanks for stopping by

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Nellieanna - thanks for the very kind words. The seeming tardiness of the seasons is often unsettling. I love oaks though they do make a mess at the change of seasons! Those beautiful acorns can be little landmines!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such an interesting comment.

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

James - thanks so much for the much-appreciated comment and I'm very glad that you enjoyed the Hub!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Ag Martie, haar naam is Martie-engel! Seriously though I think it is a wonderful example of serendipity! And thanks for the kind words which I don't know that I deserve, but will anyway accept with gratitude!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Jill - thanks for stopping by and leavingsuch very kind words! I appreciate it very much that you took the time to visit my little garden of delights!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

tlpoague - thanks so much for your kind words. Loved having you come by!

Love and peace

Tony


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Every autumn I forget that while I'm putting my garden to sleep for the winter, folks such as you, Tony, are waking them up. It's always such a joy to share the springtime of our friends in the southern hemisphere while we are getting out the snow shovels and cinders.

Thank you for the lovely pictures, text, and quotes.

That pretty blue pinwheel flower...could that be a vinca? :)


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mysisterdale 5 years ago

I love the tender new green shoots poking through the soil. My garden is filled with the new shoots. They will be a mystery until they bloom. www.mysisterdalesgarden.com


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Sally - thanks for stopping by. Yesterday and today we were shivering again, It almost felt as though we had skipped summer and autumn! The sun is now making some feeble attempts to shine through the clouds but not really making it!

I am not sure about the flower - will try to find out from my local friendly nurseryman at the week end.

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Mysisterdale - thanks so much for stopping by. I am a bit like that too - what comes up is often unknown until it starts flowering!

Love and peace

Tony


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I love your little garden, the lizard, the spider...God bless you Tony! I love my BrotherMan Tony!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Micky - I always am so delighted to see your comments! You are the man! Thanks again and bless you too, brotherman Micky!

Love and peace

Tony


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Here is warm like in springtime, altough is hm...autumn?One tree even started to blossom for second time this year, if warm weather persist, there might be even fruits.

I enjoyed tour through your garden and inspiration of your words. Your photos are beautiful, flowers, insects, berries, and of course, I especially like the dove. Thank you Tony.

Love and hugs


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Tatjana - Thanks so much for your kind words, which naturally I appreciate very much indeed! Unseasonal weather often confuses trees and other plants, I have noticed. Would be really interesting if fruit trees bore a second crop of fruit, though. That I have never seen!

Love and peace

Tony


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

I love gardens and all the tiny changes that can be seen day by day,. You certainly captured that experience that i get. Thank you.


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Dim - I really appreciate your comment, thank you!

Love and peace

Tony


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

That was a lovely and hopeful hub; here, it is cold wind and it´s snowing outside my window!

Some of the best moments in the garden are the morning tours when you can walk around and enjoy the garden and see new things that has happens during the night!

Thank you, for sharing your tour in the garden!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

thougtforce - thank you for the kind words - and I wish warmth in your cold winter!

I also love the garden in the early morning and seeing what's happening. Just added four more photos I took yesterday on just such an early morning walkabout!

Love and peace

Tony


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

a garden is such a beautiful thing to watch grow from Gods little seed, to nurish and take care of, to enjoy the wonderful harvest. Great Hub - God Bless


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Vietnamvet - thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment very much. Glad you enjoyed the read!

Love and peace

Tony


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Such wonderful photos and matching words. I enjoyed this stroll through your garden as seen by your eyes and the lens of your camera. Thanks!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Peggy - thanks so much for your delightful comment! Glad you stopped by and enjoyed.

Love and peace

Tony


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Your words and images are so refreshing, Tony! Your garden is awesome... Thanks for sharing!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

DjBryle - thanks so much for the kind words. I really appreciate your comment muchly!

Love and peace

Tony


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

You took me on a journey through your minds eye and thoughtfulness for life, to wonder, to think, stimulates our minds eye to visualize beauty as you have done here. I admire you for your gentle kindness to mother nature, the insects and lizards and flowers would welcome you into their world as a friend of nature. peace my friend...Loved this beautiful write...


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Ken - thanks for the really lovely comment and kind words. I truly appreciate them. I like to think of myself as a friend of nature, that's true. I love all the little things (except maybe the snails which keep eating my little shoots as they come up!).

Love and peace

Tony

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