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.