Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Second Best Garden There Is

This is the time of the year I start thinking about the perfect garden.

My perfect garden exists only in my dreams. 

Clean, crisp, weed-free pathways outline perfect bug-free plants blooming with flowers and heavy with produce. 

The blue sky has a few puffy clouds and a gentle breeze kicks up every few moments to encourage the leaves and flower to dance a bit.

The temperature is a perfect 70 degrees and the humidity is low as I work in the garden.  I can't even be bothered to break a sweat.


Clearly the garden of my dreams is best left to my imagination. 

Or is it?

A couple of weeks ago I was over at Chiot's Run and saw a post about Secret Garden - An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book.

Since I'm always on the lookout for creative things to doodle away the Winter with I thought "Hey...That would be fun!"  So I ordered book and the same markers Susy recommended from Amazon.  I also bought some colored pencils to mix things up.

It came in a few weeks ago and I got busy.  Whenever I find a few minutes, I stick my reading glasses on and color to my hearts content.

And I have discovered the second best garden there is. 
It's the garden in my coloring book.

There are no rules in this garden I'm creating.

Apples can be pink if I want them.
Leaves can be blue.

And there are no weeds unless I create them.

There are bugs but they are brightly colored, friendly bugs. 
I haven't gotten bitten yet.

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this.
It's silly perhaps.
But it will take years to complete all the pages in this book.

I get to be Silly for a really long time.

And that makes me very Happy.

So until Spring comes around I can let my creativity flow. 

My idea's for my real-life garden can simmer while I color the Winter away.


  1. Now that's a controlled garden environment! And wouldn't we all like that to actually happen . . . but, sigh, we may all have to settle for experiencing it through your coloring book. ;o} Have fun!

  2. OMG, what a great idea! I could color for HOURS! And yes, that garden is much better looking than mine. Oh well.

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