Gratitude Saturday — 07/13/2013

N.B.  This post is a day late, but I needed time to get the photos in.  Some are not quite focused — my hands shake — but this remarkable camera compensates for much of that.

I am grateful today.  For the last few days, I’ve been down and up — more down, sadly.  But this morning Mom and I went out to breakfast, and then to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which were in full summer bloom.  The high temp was around 80℉, only 55% humidity, and a glorious northwest breeze, which was the icing on a lovely cake-y day.

The Gardens were very pretty back in May, when the early spring flowers were blooming, but today, we saw nasturtiums, roses, hollyhocks, and uncountable other kinds of flowers;

Miniature representation of a Maine Forest

Miniature representation of a Maine Forest

shrubs, and flowering plants rub branches with exotics from all around the world.  The Gardens are divided into several different small gardens, including a kitchen garden, a meditation garden, a children’s garden, a five-senses garden, and many others, all of which can be found on this map.

One lovely garden is the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses,

Looking across the pond to the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses

Looking across the pond to the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses

Map of Lerner arden of Five Senses

Map of Lerner arden of Five Senses

which is exactly what its name describes.  In this garden, a path meanders around a pond and through sections of plants colorful to the eye; those with great textures to touch; the sound of a fountain in the pond for the ears, along with birds and even a bull frog; flowers of all types with different scents; and lovely

Vertical Planter Filled with Thyme

Vertical Planter Filled with Thyme

herbs and edible plants for smell and taste.  After bruising leaves from basil, three kinds of oregano, fennel, thyme, chives,

A jumble of chives

A jumble of chives

and other, less familiar herbs, I noticed in the car that my hand smelled like an Italian deli.  Lovely stimulation for all of the senses.

As you can see, I took several photos of the plants and features of the Gardens, but tops on my list of favorites were the dragonflies.  They flitted around over the ponds, and put on quite a show.  A couple of them actually stopped flapping their wings and sat on grasses right in front of Mom and me so I could get them in detail in the pictures.

Dragonfly at lower left

Dragonfly at lower left

The bullfrog call was basso profundo close by as we sat next to the forest pond — I could feel my soul settle back down into joy and peace.  What a gift.

That is why I am so grateful today; even though I started the day in the dumps, my time spent with Mom, both at breakfast and at the Gardens, brought back my sense of peace.

Peace in my heart

Peace in my heart

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8 responses to “Gratitude Saturday — 07/13/2013

  1. i do love gardens, and would love to walk through the garden of the five senses with you … the glistening wings of the dragonfly shine like your peaceful face in the photo 🙂

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