Landscape Photo #669: The Secret Garden

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Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Nov 10, 2013 10:46 AM CST
Since young adulthood I always envisioned a home of my own with a private, secluded garden fashioned after my own design and plan. After 35+ years of planning, owning, cutting out scrub growth, planting and rearranging I now have what I like to call my "secret garden". I got the idea as a young lad in the fifth grade when a class project was the book The Secret Garden written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. As a class project each student was required to alternate reading from the book. Then I first saw the 1949 movie version on our 16" Motorola TV in 1954. The child actors in the movie portrayed Mary, Dickon & Colin restoring a garden behind an ivy covered wall. And the rest of the story is now 60+ years of nostalgic history since the book and movie.

The only original plants remaining in the picture above are the white oaks. All conifers, perennials and shrubs were added by me. The Eastern Hemlock was collected by me near Houghton-Hancock in Michigan; and actually traveled into Ontario across the International Bridge. I collected and still have three of these. The persimmons I grew from seeds collected in southern Illinois, and the flowering crab apples (four total) are from grand-kids' school projects. The Black Hills Spruces (3) are from a National Arbor Day promotion. Some of the daylilies in the center background are my own hobby seedlings. At the risk of being long-winded & boring I'll leave the rest for the imagination. Smiling

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Nov 10, 2013 11:25 AM CST
Never say, "long-winded & boring", Leon. I liked the photo very much; it's gorgeous, but the story makes it even more enjoyable. Thumbs up

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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Nov 10, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Thanks Chelle! Appreciate your comments. I guess I get lost in my childhood books
& movies sometimes. But I wouldn't trade them for anything. Smiling
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Nov 10, 2013 11:40 AM CST
Me, either. I liked The Secret Garden, too; and anything and everything written by Gene Stratton-Porter. Thumbs up
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4susiesjoy
Nov 10, 2013 3:47 PM CST
It is a storybook picture! Lovely secret garden, the picture makes it seem like we're getting to peek right into the storybook. Smiling
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woofie
Nov 11, 2013 1:24 PM CST
The Secret Garden was the first thing I thought of when I looked at the photo! Just lovely! And as Chelle noted, no way long winded and boring tale! Congratulations on creating something so beautiful and special. Smiling
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lovemyhouse
Nov 11, 2013 1:46 PM CST
it is beautiful Smiling Lovey dubby
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Nov 11, 2013 2:49 PM CST
4susiesjoy said:It is a storybook picture! Lovely secret garden, the picture makes it seem like we're getting to peek right into the storybook. Smiling


woofie said:The Secret Garden was the first thing I thought of when I looked at the photo! Just lovely! And as Chelle noted, no way long winded and boring tale! Congratulations on creating something so beautiful and special. Smiling


lovemyhouse said:it is beautiful Smiling Lovey dubby


It was a worthwhile effort seeing you wonderful people enjoyed it! Your kind comments are truly appreciated. Each of you have touched my heart! Thanks so much. Smiling
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Sep 18, 2014 10:17 AM CST
Absolutely glorious and well worth the work!
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
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TBGDN
Sep 18, 2014 11:31 AM CST
Thanks Arlene. Sometimes I think there was a part of me that never grew up. Smiling
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Sep 18, 2014 12:03 PM CST
I hope we all feel that way, Leon!

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