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MY ZEN GARDEN

Updated on March 22, 2011

My Zen Garden Photographs

Yummy avocados...
Yummy avocados...
My favorite bench
My favorite bench
The Zen path
The Zen path
For the birds and my dog Super Zoe
For the birds and my dog Super Zoe
Love those oranges
Love those oranges
kids like to sit here and eat oranges
kids like to sit here and eat oranges
Palm trees here in California
Palm trees here in California
Love the purple flowers
Love the purple flowers
Pomegranites...
Pomegranites...
Beautiful
Beautiful
Love the leaves...
Love the leaves...
the painting ;
the painting ;
Super Zoe enjoys Zen Garden
Super Zoe enjoys Zen Garden

Peace in my own backyard

I remember the first time I walked in my garden before I bought my home many years ago. I felt a sort of spiritual and peaceful feeling as I walked the many cobblestone paths. The home is an authentic mid-century home with one side lined with glass windows and it is always light inside.

The garden is what made me buy the house along with the peace and quiet that came with it. I rarely hear a sound and love to read back there on my favorite bench and just hear the birds sing. When I woke up this morning I had a strong urge to go outside and catch the light with my regular digital Canon PowerShot. There was a few clouds in the sky that seemed to illuminate the light and I started clicking away. Since it is always sunny here where I live (I have not seen Winter yet ;), it is hard to see the definition in the plants when the light is so bright.

Growing up in Los Angeles for most of my life left me with a feeling of "constant chaos." There was always noise outside even when I lived near the beach. I would hear the ocean waves when I woke up but I would also hear my neighbors gardeners yelling and buzzing leaf blowers and whatever else they were doing. Afterall a lot of people there were only concerned with "appearances" and not a good nights sleep. I rarely ever slept a whole night without something waking me up outside. I now live towards Santa Barbara and I'm in a small town where people take care of their own homes and do their own gardening. If a gardner does come it does not happen at a ridiculous hour in the morning. Anyway, without going on and on about my heaven here (I always worry that someone will ruin the peace eventually), I will just leave you with some pictures of my garden. Maybe this will inspire you to go and take some pictures of your surroundings or to just pick up a good book and relax. Let's be thankful for such beautiful things and the paintings all around us. 

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    • SidKemp profile image

      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      I love the frog bench, the single violet flower, and the path of square red bricks or tiles. It is indeed a beautiful garden, and you capture the spirit of Zen perfectly when you write "maybe this will inspire you to go and take some pictures of your surroundings or to just pick up a good book and relax. Let's be thankful for such beautiful things." Voted up and beautiful.

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      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      Thanx so much Denise! Just got back from my travels.....thank you so much for linking to my article and I am so glad you enjoyed it. All the best, GPAGE

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi GPage-I just finished this hub and love the photos. I had linked it to my Summer Gardens hub last yr b/c I loved the name, and then never got around to reading the whole article. Great job. I wouldn't mind getting lost in your garden for a few days, LOL

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      7 years ago from California

      SM....So glad you enjoyed the pics of my garden...it is a very special place and I have been working on it lately......creating pretty spaces.....wanting to grow more vegetables.....add a gazebo!!! The list goes on!!! Anyway.....I will be in Santa Barbara tomorrow.....lovely there too!!! Only about a half hour from there.....Best, G

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      Karen A Szklany 

      7 years ago from New England

      Thank you for the link to this hub, GPage. I love the pictures. Loved Santa Barbara when I visited with my Mom and Stepdad back in 1987. :0)

      Your pictures truly make me want to visit your garden personally. Thank you for sharing it with us! :0)

      In terms of stories for youth...there is still time to brush them off, revise, and submit.

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      midnighteden...thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment.....Best, GPAGE

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      midnighteden 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a stunning garden, I would imagine it is easy to find some peaceful time there. I think everyone could benefit from a place like this - thank you for an uplifting hub.

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      viryabo.......so nice to see you here! I'm so happy that you enjoyed my garden. It is very eco friendly too. We have drip systems set up and some of the rain gutters are angled down to the avocado and citrus trees.....I DO love the natural layout of this garden........ofcourse the rock paths save water too......it is a gift every time I wonder back there........glad to know that it inspired you! G

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      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      This is a lovely and serene garden G. So natural without the over-sculptured look of some garden photos i've seen.

      Im in the process of doing up my garden (have been for months now!) and i have always wanted it looking natural. For now, ive planted some frangipani and want to grow bourganvillia. But i love the idea of fruits, citrus probably. I've never seen pomegranates as a plant LOL.

      I also love the bench where you eat oranges. I'm inspired by your hub. Thanks for the share.

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      Cagsil....love the pic/avatar! VERY cool......Thank you for stopping by. Always nice to hear from you......GPAGE

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      Cagsil 

      8 years ago from USA or America

      Very nicely written GPAGE. Awesome pictures. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      Hello Kaie! Nice to read your lovely comment!!....the bush/tree above the bench is called BOUGANVILLA....it looks beautiful when the flowers are blooming, but when it doesn't, it is not very attractive at all! You are an early bird! So am I,and I love the mornings.....thank you for stopping by.....nice to see you! GPAGE

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      Kaie Arwen 

      8 years ago

      Breathtaking............... I don't think I'd ever leave. My yard belongs to the dogs, but I do get the quiet (I'm out at 5:30 am, most every morning (spring and summer) just because it is the quiet time. Well, I guess I've lived here long enough not to hear the planes; you wouldn't think it was quiet.

      Thanks you for sharing your "piece of heaven," and Super Zoe is beautiful.

      By the way, the bush/tree in the second photo, what is it? My neighbor has one along her fence, and she cuts the top off every year. It's completely stunted. I've always loved the flowering, but then she comes out and prunes everything away. Yours is amazing, and the bench; the best!

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      JAMES! I'm glad you stopped in ;

      I'm always intrigued by the "intimate" moments in writing.

      It is amazing what ones surroundings can say about a person. I am most happy when I'm home "in my little piece of heaven." ; Night

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      You have it made, G. You've got your oranges, your pomegranates, your avocados. Gorgeous dog, too, that Super Zoe is. A little piece of heaven. Now I know you a little better.

      Peace

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      ladolcevitainc...Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments! I wanted to share my garden because it is where I get inspired a lot of the time! It is amazing what nature can do for you! My dog Zoe is turning four in December.

      She is fantastic with the kids and such a wonderful part of the family. She does not stop eating our avocados! ha Anyway, looking forward to your next hub!

      Best, GPAGE

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      ladolcevitainc 

      8 years ago

      I Love Your Garden! I am in the midwest and all is in a dormant stage or soon to be in my garden ... Your hub brought me back to a lively place, I also have a golden, she use to look just like yours, she is now very, very old - I've had here for 14 years - this picture also brought me back to those lively days with her. This hub has inspire me to write something about now, here and the beauty in it, keep a look out for it. I can seen where you can go to welcome all those creative thoughts now. It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, will definitely write about my trip G. Winter in Hongkong is like Christmas in NY, with millions of Asians. I will dream about visiting your paradise, painting, and sipping hot Godiva with you. I hope to drop in whenever i see yah!

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      IV! Yes we shall sit, "chill" and have some hot cocoa! Then you can paint something from here! I hope you are having fun on your travels....miss u 2.....glad you popped up on here today! Enjoy the rest of your time! Will you write about it?

      G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      BkCreative...thank you for stopping in and I'm so glad you felt a sense of peace from this hub. That was why I put all of these photo's up this morning. I have spent a lot of time in cities like NY, LA and London. When I lived in the city fulltime, I used to create my own mini garden in my kitchen. Even growing herbs made me feel better! A lot of things you can grow in little pots. ANYWAY, I'm glad I gave you a good feeling! Best, G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      Zsuzsy Bee....thank you for your lovely comment! I never knew about the pomegranites either! I have to race the birds to them before they eat them!

      Hugs to you to! G

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      8 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm currently in a place of concrete jungle, it's almost 7am, opened my laptop, and voila! I had to get some Zen, of which your lush garden provided. I imagine sitting with you, on that lovely bench, with tree abloom, just 'chillin', and having a great time. Really enjoyed this one. Missing you...

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Beautiful - and oranges and pomegranates too. I think we would all be a bit saner - if we had a lovely peaceful garden - and with fruit too. Wow!

      Just looking at yours gives me a sense of peace. I live in NYC and I need to look at this peace and tranquility every now and then.

      Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      What lovely pictures of a totally awesome haven. (never know how pomegranites grew)

      Thanks for sharing

      hugs to you and beautiful Zoe

      regards Zsuzsy

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