Images of the Healing Garden

June Garden Early AM

June Garden Early Morning

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The gardens my wife has created are so important to my own healing that I’ll keep posting images here from time to time. We’re planning to start a garden blog later this year, and these can also serve as a hint of what’s to come.

Bog Sage with Blue Tile Wall

Bog Sage with Blue Tile Wall

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  1. Svasti says:

    What a lovely garden! Thanks for sharing with those of us who aren’t in possession of such talented green thumbs 🙂

    • john says:

      Thank you! I know what you mean. I’m all thumbs, and none of them are green.

      My best to you — John

  2. Stephany says:

    Thanks for posting this, and for your wife sharing her photos on Flickr–wow her album does not need words. To create an oasis in a harsh, dry environment is an amazing accomplishment, and with serenity as an added treat. What a feast for the senses, I’m sure.

    No doubt, her gardens are her own sanctuary, place of solace and many deep thoughts are buried beneath those roots.

    • john says:

      Hi, Stephany –

      Thank you! I’ll share your kind thoughts with her. The gardens are a kind of sanctuary for her, I’m sure, but one that’s all about action, creating and hard work.

      John

  3. Monica says:

    did you ever see the article I sent you on twitter—also on ecopsychology?
    http://www.utne.com/Ecopsychology-Psychotherapy-Community-Therapy-Psychology.aspx

    I love our garden too. Nature is essential and we move away from it and destroy it at our peril…quite literally in all sorts of senses.

    gorgeous photos!

    • john says:

      Hi, Monica –

      I just caught up with Twitter – thanks for that article. It’s a great introduction to the book Ecotherapy. It helped me with the post I put up today.

      I’ll tell my wife how much you like her photos.

  4. Kathy says:

    There was an article in the local newspaper today about gardening and healing. The pictures you have shown in this post and a previous one are beautiful. I am beginning to think maybe I should approach this means of therapy as nothing else is working as well as I would like. Besides I love creating beautiful things and learning. I will have to learn a lot about plants to take on this project. I think I will start with trying to find your wife’s pictures on Flickr that the earlier post by sbwrites mentioned.
    BTW, thanks so much for your blogging. I find myself waiting for the next blog and I am never disappointed. I hope you write for many more years.

    • john says:

      Thank you, Kathy – That’s so kind of you. It’s quite exciting to get into gardening, but it helps if you can find a master gardeners group where you are. They should be able to give you lots of advice. One of the tricky things is to work with plants that grow well in your climate zone – knowing that can save you a lot of frustration.

      I’ll tell Cathy how much you like her images – you should be able to click through to Flickr from the link under each photo.

      Best wishes to you on this new project!

      John

  5. sbwrites says:

    John, I just checked out your wife’s photos on Flickr. All I can say is, “Wow.” She’s certainly an inspiration to a newbie gardener like me!

    • john says:

      Susan –

      She’s an inspiration to me too – with a great artist’s sense of color and design, her ability to get anything to grow and huge knowledge about plants.

      Thanks – I’ll let her know.

      John

  6. sbwrites says:

    Dear John,
    Great photos, and what a beautiful garden. I, too, agree that gardens are great for healing. You might want to check out my post today about a book on Ecotherapy. I think you’d love the book. It’s put a lot of things into perspective for me.

    Susan

    • john says:

      Hi, Susan –

      Thanks for the reference. I’ll check out your post – there is a powerful influence at work, and I’d like to know more.

      All my best — John

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