Tour of the Secret Garden
|My "Secret" garden
is just a small step up from my driveway and a small step down from my
front door. The location of the garden
is not the secret thing about this garden, actually. The secret (I should
really say secrets) are what you will find in it. It looks rather
plain from the driveway. There's a little open are with some Bryan
Red stone. On the right portion of the picture you may notice a
large rock. Its actually a chair high sitting rock where I
frequently sit, sometimes to just think and sometimes to observe the
things around me.
|You could naturally suppose from viewing this picture that I
sitting here thinking. Possibly on some occasions but in this case
|I was actually looking at the stones on the ground. I
can tell you that there's more there than just Bryan Red. Actually,
you can find all sorts of things on the ground. There are agates,
and other semi precious stones, hundreds of colorful beads are down there
in the rock, there are many stones with writing or images on them, some
sea shells and, well there's much more too but some of that is a
secret. A lot of my secrets are quickly discovered when my grandchildren
come to visit, however. They usually get a little bag and then start to
scrounge around on the ground to discover some precious loot.
|Look at these wonderful things. Doesn't it make you
want to be a child again?
|Right over there tucked under a group of leaves is a
weathered sign with a wonderful quote of Blaise Pascal the French mathematician,
physicist and Christian philosopher prominent in the seventeenth century.
The quote is,
"Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose
circumference is nowhere." The sign is one we made several years ago and has now taken on the
ambiance patina of the winters and summers in my garden.
|As I look around my Secret Garden there are objects that I
can notice of course and there are some things that are gripping because
of what they are doing. There is a little river that comes from up a
hill, funnels through the little tunnel at the top of the picture goes
under the wood bridge and then flows rapidly down through the driftwood
that you see at the left.. Sometimes the river is loaded with
birds. Sometimes there's grandchildren making dams from the little
blue sandbags that you can see under the wood bridge. Sometimes there
is nothing there at all except the water making its delightful babbling
sounds. The sights and the sounds are there all the time but they
are secrets from everyone except those that have entered the garden and
spent some time to take it all in.
Perhaps you'd like to see the upper portion of my river. Just
click on this picture for a little tour.
|You may not have noticed Blueberry Hill on the previous
photo. No wonder it's a rather small hill. Still there are two
or three variety of berries on it and more important it raises the question
of what the senses are that are in play in the Secret Garden when you
visit it. Well, people have five senses, or really six
actually. There is sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. The
sixth is sensitivity to the infinite, a more debatable sense to be sure
but certainly a real one for which there is a great body of evidence.
The sights in the Secret Garden are obvious enough (birds, flowers,
etc.) and sounds like the splashing of water in the river, the song of
birds are ever present. You can hardly get away from the pungent
smell of earth and the fragrance of flowers as you might expect.
Taste is a little more obscure unless you taste flower peddles and leaves
of plants of various types (which I do) but there are strawberries and
blueberries in the Secret Garden for those with more conventional
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