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Friday, March 19, 2010

The Waiting Bench Retrospective


Thursday as the sun was setting



June

July

August

Late September

Early October

Mid October

Late OctoberNovember

December


Surely ruminating and lolling, squandering slivers of time as you ponder on this or that plant; perching about the place on seats chosen for their essential and individual quality, are other whole aspects of being a gardener. Why shouldn't we? We sit in other people's gardens, why not in our own. - Mirabel Osler, The Garden Bench


Have you a good spot to perch and think in your garden?


Gail
Be sure and plant small bulbs near your garden bench

41 comments:

  1. It is so lovely, Gail, and having been there and did we sit on that bench?, know that it truly is a phenomenal place to wait and just watch. As to seating here, there are many spots, but my favorite is on the ground in the middle of a bed, under overhanging branches, with warmer temps, and a slight breeze, bees buzzing, fragrance wafting, being one with the garden. :-) Have a great day, for today is to be the best yet, so they say. :-)
    Frances

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  2. Gail,
    What a great backyard you have! It changes all the time, so relaxing. We still have ours in the design process.

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  3. Gail girl : )
    Mid October was my favorite scene .. having them all lined up by month was wonderful !
    If all goes well with the landscaping I will have my bench under the Maple tree in shade this year and that will be wonderful .. we all need a bench for quiet contemplation don't we ?
    I hope you hand is much better and you can use it for your favorite activities .. gardening and typing ? LOL
    Joy

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  4. Randy, Thank you~It's really the front yard! We wanted a porch and the back of the house didn't lend itself to it so it's up front and that's also where I garden! gail

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  5. I have several perches in the garden. I use them all as the year unfolds. I ought to take pictures as you have. They do give one a real "feel" for the garden. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy this fine spring weather.

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  6. Nice photos, I like sequences like that where you get to see the changes throughout the year. You got some nice all year round colour there too.

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  7. I like seeing the sequence! The bench is almost lost in the Susan's of July and August. I enjoyed the mid-October scene the most!

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  8. In every season, your bench looks like a perfect place to take in the garden.

    We have several places to sit to contemplate the garden. I think we do the most sitting on the front porch that overlooks the cottage garden and the front deer resistant garden and meadow beyond.

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  9. Hi Gail!

    Welcoming bench, happy garden. The photos exude love and care for the place, but what I like best is the freedom for it to be itself!

    Your garden says, "Come here and flourish. Plants, creatures and people."

    I've finally gotten my blog un- clogged and am struggling to get back in the saddle after many dormant months.

    Happy Spring!

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  10. Your garden is welcoming and inviting, Gail...and would make me want to spend lots of time sitting on that bench or in those chairs. I like the 'cottage-garden' look and how wildflowers and natives are allowed to flow wherever they wish. Hope you will have a sunny, uplifting weekend;-)

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  11. What beautiful views of your garden! We had that same ruddy glow just as the sun was setting last night too.

    No benches in our garden -- I can always see it from the house, and I'm always looking out at it while working outside too.

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  12. I cannot just sit and admire my own garden. I try. I will sit down with a book and a coke and relax. Then I look up and see a weed or a plant that needs a stake or piece of plastic or whatever... Nothing else makes me OC like sitting in the garden:)
    Marnie (my word verification is 'nodog' today. I don't know why I pay attention to wv.)

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  13. Oh, I have several spots, though none of them as photogenic. What a great idea to show them to us through the season. And each picture has its own beauty!

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  14. I think June is my favorite :^) I love the bright spot of blue that your bottle tree provides. I don't really have a perch in my garden and I think that I need to add one...

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  15. I love November, it's like the bench and chairs are having a conversation! I have chairs throughout my garden, but don't tend to sit and look from there. I usually sit on my front porch step or walk around. I can't see all of my garden from nay one place.

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  16. I tried this from indoors through my front window that faces my cherry tree- only the 4 seasons though, not every month. I keep forgetting to post those photos, but I should. I love comparing all of yours. Even the wood seems to change color.

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  17. No I do not...I have been dragging a chair all over the gardens trying to find the right place...waiting for the garden to fill in more, then maybe, just maybe I'll know where I want to sit and relax....maybe

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  18. I certainly have Gail. I walk into my copse, close the gate, and sit on my bench and watch the wildlife. I need that time to shut down and just be.......

    I love your garden.....it is just so pretty. A perfect place to relax and enjoy those beautiful blooms.

    Have a lovely weekend......

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  19. The bench gave all the seasons and plants a sense of scale that is sometimes missing in big views. So, not only was it fun to see the changes but it helped it all make sense. Now you have to do views from those stunning purple Adirondack chairs!

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  20. What a great idea! Photos of the same spot throughout the year. My family and I did this with a favorite vacation spot. Great fun! And an excellent log of garden progress. I love your bench!!

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  21. I love the waiting bench. What a special place you've created in your garden.

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  22. I'm thankful we have a short deck, about 2-3' off the ground. Perfect because it allows for some planting around it but you can still see over and through into the garden. I love the covered deck, with fan above, and often monarchs pupate in this area.

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  23. Thanks for sharing this wonderful garden space ... it was a lovely sequence of photos. You do have a garden that's full of interest all year round.

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  24. I hope you all have had a great Friday~I've been outside all day and just now getting inside to visit everyone! Happy Spring! gail

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  25. I love these before and after and after and after posts. They are inspirational to me, and they showcase what is so unique and lovely about a garden, the ephemeral quality that is really only there but a short while, before it is something else entirely.

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  26. I love the light in your first photo Gail! Your bench looks to be a lovely place to sit and contemplate, while being in the garden. Lovely post... poetic to think of a bench just being through all the season's blooms... always inviting a guest but content to just be alone. ;>)

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  27. Gail,
    I adore seeing what your garden looks like throughout the season. And yes, just yesterday I sat out in my garden with an old-fashioned rum and coke (the kind of coke with real sugar) and just took in the sunshine and this freakishly warm 65 degree weather - the garden is just a few bits of green and lots of brush and dead leaves -but the promise of it all and the warmth of that sun on my shoulders was just grand.

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  28. We're still struggling with the sitting place. We do have two chairs we put out back near the shed looking toward the house. We can see the Azalea bed and bird feeder from there. There is so much more "evolving" yet to be done!

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  29. A lovely post and, yes, I do and can't wait to sit there. Happy Spring, dear Gail :)

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  30. I love seeing different photos during the course of a year of a favorite spot. It looks like a good thinking spot.

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  31. That first shot with the sunlight hitting the bench and garden is very nice, and very inviting. My favorite perch is at the bottom of the front steps which ends right at the sidewalk, plenty of room to sit, read, have a drink and watch the world go by.

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  32. Gail,
    What a wonderful series of photos of your bench in the front garden throughout the year! It looks like a lovely place to sit and enjoy the surrounding garden.

    We enjoy sitting in our white chairs this time of year and in fall, basking in the sun's warmth. On warmer days and in summer, we eat lunch and dinner on the porch, and enjoy a different view. And the front steps provide a sunny spot for a quick contemplation, too.

    Places to enjoy your garden are so worthwhile, and sometimes overlooked. Something to focus on.

    Thanks for a great post,
    Lisa

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  33. Gail, those photos bring tears to my eyes they are so beautiful.

    Every garden needs that serene spot to contemplate life. Yours is gorgeous.

    Jen

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  34. Jen, Thank you. I so wish you were moving into your house with land....I know you'll have spots to sit and drink in the beauty of your garden.
    gail

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  35. I LOVE this series of photos Gail. Just fabulous. The view changes throughout the seasons but looks like you positioned the bench perfectly to admire the beauty around you. I need more spots to sit and relax (then I need to work on relaxing!!)

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  36. What a great idea--I LOVED seeing your bench through the year.

    I have a new bench coming today. This will help me think about where it wants to go, and what I want to grow around it.

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  37. One of the most important things about garden benches is that they should always look good.
    This is simply because we spend much more time looking at them than sitting on them.

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  38. No, actually I don't have a good spot to perch. I have my eyes open for a lovely bench though. One like yours would be perfect.
    Mostly I just wander around and admire the blooms, etc. or sit on the front porch and contemplate...but that doesn't happen very often...I'm too busy working in the garden :)
    This series of photos is enchanting, Gail. Your yard is a glorious place and a tribute to your love for the GOBN.

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  39. Gail, Your bench looks right at home, season in and season out, however it looks a little chilled in the December photo. The gardens surrounding your bench are absolutely breathtaking.

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  40. Such a beautiful series of images, Gail. That's a lovely bench and it makes a great focal point for your photographs, but I'm sure it's even more of a joy to experience in person. Thanks for sharing this link for the GGW Design Workshop this month!

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  41. good afternoon gail,
    i was over at ggw to see if they posted the results from this months photo contest and saw that you made this post. i love it.

    each month has it's own special flavour. you have chosen an excellent spot for perspective in your garden. maybe one day i will have the pleasure of sitting on that bench.
    happy april dear friend.

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