This week Amy has set a beautiful challenge – Gardens. Normally this would have meant so much joy for me to put together, but time and life is bringing too many changes and challenges right now.
Anyhow, here we go – I decided to once again visit my favourite garden – I call it the Garden of My Dreams – because it is, in more than one sense. For its abundant beauty, biodiversity and – for it being lost and is no more.
Now, let’s enjoy a nostalgic walk from the past together. And remember, these wonders are just a few of what this amazing garden would offer!
Thank you for walking down memory lane with me.
Sincere thanks to all who responded to last week’s Focus on the Details challenge. We enjoyed every detail you offered and hope you will share more for this week’s challenge. Please be sure to link your response to Amy’s lovely original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you in our reader. Wishing all the moms a Happy Mothers’ Day filled with love and beauty.
Next week, I, Leya, will be your host. I wish you all a calm and peaceful weekend.
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Oh my what a beautiful garden … how wonderful to be able to visit it! Much love went into this .. Saddened to hear that it is no longer …
Yes, it was beautiful. I still miss it when I walk a path close to it.
Hi Leya. I have updated my post to include your exquisite orchid and garden photos. I love your concept of ‘Garden of My Dreams.’ Your many photos show well designed garden vignettes and it saddens me, too, that you say this garden is no more. (As an aside, I would love to see the Lens Artists someday do a challenge around those beloved scenes that photographers can no longer capture because they are no more. I’m sure many people have experienced those sorts of losses.)
Here’s my entry for this challenge:
Thank you so much! And thank you for an interesting suggestion – Sounds a great topic!
You’re welcome and glad you like the suggestion about lost scenes. Your wonderful post inspired it. There was a wistful poignant quality to your writing about that couple”s special garden. Best, Babsje
Thank you again! And I think you got the feeling right…
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Thank you for sharing your favorite garden. I can see why. The colors and the peacefulness shine through.
So happy to share it, Marlene. It is worth all the praise, since it is no more.
Such beautiful memories of your lost friends. I’m am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Totti – I will miss his face in amongst your photos. I have been dealing with loss too, it is part of life, but so hard to imagine a world without all these friends in it.
Thank you. And yes, I hope they are with us somehow and somewhere. As you say, it is a part of life, and as we age, we accept it more I think. But grieving is a must to be able to go on with our own lives.
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Hi again, Leya. The garden of your dreams is so vibrant and healthy. Such loving care it has received. I love the way they have mixed the colors. They must amble through the garden for hours all day long. Talk to you soon. We’re leaving.:)
Thank you – and yes, they spent much time tending to it, This kind of garden needs that.
I see that. I think they all do!
Almost all…you are right.
What a beautiful garden, looks like a wonderful place to enjoy.
It was, thank you for commenting!
Heaven on earth.
Great photos. I love the closeups. Very well done.
Every single one of the these 🙂
Thank you kindly, Hammad!
Wonderful pictures you took I like them very much.
best regards robert
Thank you, Robert! Glad you liked them!
I can see why it’s the garden of your dreams,very beautiful! I hope you are well, take good care of yourself. 😘
I’m OK, Ana, thank you. But lost my Totti yesterday. ♥
I’m so sorry for your loss, Ann-Christine. I can imagine how bad you’re going through, a lot of encouragement.
Oh my this is a very beautiful garden.No wonder you miss it. Thank you for sharing it with us.
It was, Anne. I made a photo book out of it for them – and a copy for myself. So glad I did.
Wow, beautiful garden
Happy to share it, Lily!
What a glorious place it was and how fortunate you were to see it so often! Thanks for sharing it with us so we can hug the memory of its beauty even from just these photos.
Thank you for coming along, Janet. It was a gem.
I’m sad to hear that life is throwing up challenges for you Ann-Christine and I am sad that this garden is no more. It looks incredible as do your photos, and I am sorry that it could not have been preserved. I would have loved to have wandered around as I am sure many other people would have too. I hope that whatever the reason is for this garden no longer existing that someone has inherited these beautiful plants.
Jude, I just found your comment! I really don’t know if the plants were inherited, but the garden is dissolved and unkempt. So sad. They were very old and sold it to the wrong people.
What a shame. A plantsman / woman would have cherished such a fantastic garden.
I still cannot understand why they didn’t do that. They had yearly shows and people arrived in buses from near and far. Why not sell to one of them?
Or sell to a trust?
I have no explanation at all. I even asked the man from the bureau that sold it. He just said they didn’t want to sell it through their gardening magazine.
How odd, and such a shame when years of work and love must have gone into the garden.
Another heart breaking this was that neither of their children wanted it. I told them I would have bought it if I had felt I could have managed it as well as they did – but it really was no option.
Thank you, Aletta!
Sad for the challenges, Ann-Christine. Usually a garden as lovely as this will lift your spirits. Sending hugs,darlin, and hoping life is better soon. 🤗💕💕
Oh WOW. I would have to go to those gardens at least once a year or more. THey are stunning and so are your photos of it 😀
Thank you, Cee!
What a very stunningly beautiful garden, A-C. All the plants loved for their intrinsic beauty.
How beautifully you expressed it, Tish, thank you!
Thank you for sharing this beautiful garden with us Ann Christine! I’m so sorry that for whatever reason it is gone. But you have your beautiful images to help bring back those warm memories.
Thank you, Anne. The old couple sold it because they were old and tired. But the new owner have not kept it…it is a sad sight.
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Thank you for sharing your memories of this beautiful garden. Sorry to hear it’s no longer a place to visit on a summer’s day.
Thank you John. It is hidden in the forest, but they used to show it for garden people. Now it is gone as they sold it to people who did not maintain it.
Why oh why has it been lost? Sold? Bulldozed? 😮 Amazing warm loving images. ❤
Manja – they were too old to manage it, so they sold it. But the buyer let it be and it is partly bulldozed and partly dug out and partly overgrown. I don’t want to look at it if I have to pass by. My heart aches too much for all their work being lost that way.
You’ve truly immersed us in this wonderful garden. I feel as if I’m there with you.
Then I am happy. It is worth it.
Ahh… so beautiful! He has put so much love and hard work to his beloved garden. Thank you very much for giving us a tour of this special garden through your lens.
Thank you for a beautiful challenge, Amy!
I can completely see why you were entranced by this garden, A C….the first and the last images are especially wonderful
Thank you, Sue. Lovely memories.
Yes, I recall our past conversations
What glorious colours! It’s sad to hear this garden is no more 😢
I made a photo book for them and kept a copy for myself. But the walk tjrough this paradise was incredible.
Oh my goodness Ann-Christine, what an amazing garden. It’s incredible that one couple could have created and maintained it! How heartbreaking to know it no longer exists. Have you shared your images with the garden’s creators? Because of you it will never be totally gone. Enjoy your memories and know that nothing lasts forever except in our hearts. Thinking of you.
Thank you, Tina. In fact I made a book for them with all the flowers blooming that summer. They appreciated it very much. I made a copy for myself too. ♥
So sad to know that this beautiful garden is gone.
It is. I try not to walk there anymore because of it.
Beautiful garden. Sad that it is not there anymore, but one can still cherish the memory
Yes. I try not to look inside that garden when I pass it by. I want to remember it as it once was.
What a beautiful photographic walk. Thanks for starting my day with such glorious images.
Glad you came along!
A truly wonderful garden where I would wander for ages and dream. I hope that all will be better for you soon Ann-Christine 🙂 🙂
Brian, thank you. Yesterday was the last day for Totti, he didn’t make it through the stroke. We went all of us to see him farewell. 13 years is a long time to know someone. A faithful friend. I am very tired.
Many hugs Ann-Christine 🤗🤗
Certainly a Garden of Dreams ! I loved the orchids so much. I only saw them one in nature in Switerland during holydays.
Ah, the lady’s slippers? They are beautiful, but not that common here anymore. Only in gardens…
Wonderful range of colours, gorgeous garden!
Thank you, Liz. It was so wonderful…