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Monday, November 7, 2011

Take Time To Sit In Your Garden

Give yourself permission to revel in the beauty around you.
Celebrate what you have created.

 Focus on your successes not the defeats.

 There's always a list and there's always a project, but, how many beautiful fall days will there be like today?

When the autumn sun  lights up grasses;
makes leaves glow a brilliant red;
or,  highlights simple fruits? 

Soon, I will miss the golden colors and the warm days, but, not today. 

Today, I will sit in the garden and revel in the beauty. I hope you will, too.


I'm joining Dave's Fall Color Project 2011,  please visit The Home Garden for more beautiful fall gardens.

1. Ostrya virginiana
2. Cotinus 'Grace'; Juniperus virginiana 'Gray Owl'; Basil
3. Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'; Aronia arbutifolia
4. Garden of Benign Neglect~Viburnum rifidulum/Rusty Blackhaw
5. Panicum 'Northwind' (here)
6. 'Glowing Embers' Japanese Maple developed for the south
7. Aronia arbutifolia berries~
8. Carya ovata/Shagbark Hickory
9. A little of this and a little of that~ Ex-aster, juniper, River Oats...

Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone."


  1. All true Gail and very beautifully expressed:~)

  2. Your garden is beautiful, dear Gail! Good advice, for these perfect days are numbered. Soon enough we will be looking at brown and grey and dreaming of spring, but not today, not now. There is color everywhere!


  3. Now that's a great idea and one we gardeners rarely do. I have to say one of my favorite times is after lunch, sitting in the front courtyard, under the umbrella. David goes in to put on the kettle and while I await the cup of tea I just sit and enjoy the sounds of the water feature and the butterflies flitting by.

  4. A most excellent idea. I need more seating in my garden to enjoy what I've planted.

  5. A very good reminder, Gail. Gorgeous shots of your fall garden. I love 'celebrate the successes'. Oh yes. Good plan. I will sit in the garden and raise a glass to all my blogger friends.

  6. Very good advice, Gail. And so well put. My Month in Tens this month is on It's the Simple Things and you have done it so well here and with words to live by.

  7. So true. I find myself so busy with jobs for clients in the fall. I walked down to my compost pile yesterday and looked around and realized how much I am missing in my own garden by being so busy. I love what I do, don't get me wrong -- I get to play in other people's gardens -- but it just made me long for time in my own garden on these beautiful fall days. They will be gone all too soon.

  8. Wise words from one of my favorite bloggers! Your garden is a beautiful spot to sit and reflect in any season, but especially so in fall.

  9. Thanks for the reminder to stop and smell the last of the roses!

  10. Oh what good advice Gail - thank you for the reminder.
    Beautiful images, with wonderful colour

  11. Very good advice, Gail - not just to take time to appreciate the here and now, but to think positively about it. Thank you! xxooxx

  12. Your pics are just stunning, Gail! And, I love your philosophy of the power of now...

  13. Gail, your fall garden is stunning. The photo of the blue bottle tree and the golden grasses is inspirational!

    I was doing a little sitting in my own garden today, thinking very similar thoughts. What a glorious fall day! All the work is for this, these moments of sublime pleasure when the beauty is so deep it reaches right down to the heart!

  14. Thank you for a very inspirational post. I try to remember this, but there are those times when I need to be reminded. It is nice to focus on the successes...

  15. Great post Gail! I never - almost never - take the time to just sit in the garden. I really need to, just to enjoy what it has to offer. I put too much on my mind to get done and always feel like I can't put it aside, even for a moment. Tomorrow I will sit in the garden - I hope! Thanks for joining in the Fall Color Project!

  16. Are those twisty things metal that you've bent? I'd love to sit in your garden with you with a big mug of tea and enjoy the colors.

  17. A good reminder, Gail, to sit in your Autumn garden and soak it in.. all the changes in lighting that play upon the leaves you know so well. The time is Now to enjoy~

  18. Lovely post, and so very true...I really do need to just stop seeing all the things that need to be changed next year and just enjoy what I accomplished! Love the shot of the Blue Bottles with the Panicum...just splendid!

  19. Wonderful photos and an important reminder. I spend too much energy focussing on the defects and "the chores not taken."

  20. Love the golden glow...I should slow down and drink in all in...

  21. I confess I am guilty too of not taking the time to sit and enjoy the fruits of my labors. Thanks for the reminder!

  22. At my age, I find myself sitting more and more, when I work outside. We work so hard to make it beautiful and then we sometimes don't take the time to enjoy the fruits of our labors. That picture of the bottle tree behind the grasses is so pretty. Thanks for the reminder.

  23. How very true. Never spend enough time just enjoying the garden rather than simply 'working' it. Lovely photographs.

  24. I've been spending a lot of time in my garden, broadly defined, but partly to satisfy a matrimonial 'discussion."

  25. I am giving myself permission to revel in that gorgeously glowing maple leaves photo... :) (Nice job on siting that beautiful grass next to the blue bottle tree, by the way!)

  26. How lovely, dear Gail ... and a seat beside you to revel ... even better!

  27. I did that very thing yesterday. I sat outside and just watched the world turn. The sun crept across the garden throwing shadows here and there. The wind was so friendly give me warm carresses. I could hardly bring myself inside yet I couldn't do anyting outside. I just sat there thanking God for such a beautiful fall day. I am glad I did that because today the wind has turned and it is howling. I hope you have a wonderful week.

  28. Excellent advice, especially this time of year. I won't be sitting in the garden today--the wind is whipping around,it's spitting rain off and on, and it's dropped 20 degrees since yesterday. Love the photos of the grasses and leaves backlit by the sun!

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