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Courtyard Garden

Updated on October 22, 2012

News from the Garden

At only 4 m x 6 m, our courtyard garden is tiny. But Nature can cram a lot of drama into a small space! Over the last ten years, I've recorded the trials and triumphs of the many things that have lived in or visited this little corner of the world.

From sick fish to dueling insects to sun-warmed doggies, this lens is about as lensy as a lens can get! I hope you enjoy the journey, which will unfold over time.

The Japanese Maple looks perfect.

photo Japanese maple autumn courtyard blue sky cloud
photo Japanese maple autumn courtyard blue sky cloud

Can you spot the praying mantis?

photo praying mantis green bamboo courtyard garden
photo praying mantis green bamboo courtyard garden

Roses don't come much better than this!

Roses + incense + washing = domestic bliss!

Putting it all together.

From small beginnings...

...the Japanese Blood Grass goes nuts!

The long wait is finally over!

The Flowering Peach's first showing.

What I'd give to have this in focus!

And now, an exciting garden flyby!

I greatly value your frank feedback!

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    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: What a lovey thought, Darcie! Particularly welcome as we're heading into winter on this side of the world. Enjoy the sun! :)

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Came back with a spring blessing for these lovely garden photos -:)

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you for your generous comment. It is amazing how much beauty nature can cram in a small space. :)

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      RinchenChodron 

      7 years ago

      What a pretty small space! Great photos.

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @DecoratingEvents: Thank you, Mandee, for your very generous support! Wonderful stuff. :)

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      DecoratingEvents 

      7 years ago

      Paul, this is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! "Lucky Leprechaun Blessing"

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you very much. It's so nice to meet others who share your passion. :)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      My two favorite things to read about on Squidoo are people's favorite pets and their flower gardens. Beautiful pictures!

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @ChrisDay LM: Thank you, Chris. I'm so glad you like it! Best regards, P. :)

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Shows just what can be done, with a bit of imagination - great stuff

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: Thank you very much. It pleased me greatly to receive such positive feedback. :)

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      JanieceTobey 

      7 years ago

      What gorgeous garden photos!!

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @KOrazem: Thank you kindly. It is amazing how much beauty you can cram into a tiny space. Best regards, P. :)

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Lovely lens about courtyard gardening- here comes Spring! -:)

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      Seeking Pearls 

      7 years ago from Pueblo West

      What a beautiful oasis.

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Thank you, Darcie. We had a terrible drought after this lens was made, so some of the plants were hit very hard. But now that we've had the wettest spring for 30 years, many of them are coming back. :)

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      AppalachianCoun 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Thank-you for sharing it. 5 stars*****

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      What a nice looking garden you have.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel.

      Best of wishes,

      Susie

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I had a beautiful garden once too. Gone to pot now that my sons live there. But, in my small space I have some lovely plants growing too. Some hungry possum got well fed by my faithful pineapple. Is that a good thing or not??

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      poutine 

      9 years ago

      Excellent use of a small space.

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      poutine 

      9 years ago

      Excellent use of a small space.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Wanted to stop by to visit your garden once again.

      I see my sister Shelly was here too, she gets around.

      Have a great day Paul! :D

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Wow! Great use of space for a lovely garden area--Your creation could be featured on Home & Garden! What a marvel that little guy growing out of the rock is--I'm always fascinated by these little survival events. Then there are the times we provide all the ideal conditions with little luck getting plants to grow, its a head scratcher! It's been joy visiting your plot in Squidooland once again.

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      BusyQueen 

      9 years ago

      Nice lens. 5* from me! Thanks. Really informative. Nicely detailed.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      What a special garden. I would love to visit it. Do you sell tickets? :)

      Lovely pictures, Paul!!!

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      Patricia 

      9 years ago

      Nice garden.

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      GrowWear 

      9 years ago

      Frankly, this lens is about as good as they come: eye-catching, soft sell, personal. Kudos! What a nice oasis you have! Looking forward to reading some of those stories of sun-warmed pooches and ailing fish...

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      Bigmal63 

      9 years ago

      Lovely roses, perfect in fact. A real slice of nature despite the small space. A wonderful Oasis. You're photography is excellent.

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      9 years ago

      Dear adamnrave. Thanks for visiting. It's a Canon Digital IXUS V2. It's quite old, as I bought it for my trip to Russia about 6 years ago. Though it's bulky, I really like the results I get. Best regards, P. :)

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      adamnrave 

      9 years ago

      Great pix. I especially like the first one. What sort of camera? Enjoy your oasis. :-)

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      Tarra99 

      9 years ago

      I miss my garden...it's currently buried under about 4 ft of snow :o( Love your pics!

      Esp. of the roses and that last little guy coming out of the rock...plants do the darnedest things...thanks for popping into my Walnut Inking lens, I appreciate it!

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      Delia 

      9 years ago

      great photos! nice lens...5*

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