Day 1019: Gardens

Yesterday, I heard this song about a garden …

… which caused many ideas to blossom, in the garden of my mind.

  • I — like Stephen Stills and others —  need “a place I can get to, where I’m safe from the city blues.”
  • I like to see people as flowers — requiring nourishment, water, light, room to grow,  and fertilizer (which is sometimes, inevitably, other people’s crap).
  • Despite a previous infestation of soil gnats, I have two surviving plants in my office, which might not make a garden, but I’m glad they’re there.
  • I do groups in my office, where mutual support helps people open up like flowers (to themselves and to each other).


  • While I listened to “Johnny’s Garden,” I noticed gardens everywhere, even among the city blues.

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What’s growing in your garden, today?

Blossoming thanks to Stephen Stills, to Johnny, to people who heal in groups, to gardens everywhere, and to you — of course! — for being open like a beautiful flower, here and now.

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32 thoughts on “Day 1019: Gardens

  1. This is the time of year when I like to stay up late and watch Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, so it’s probably best if I don’t think about what’s growing in the garden. That goes double if I follow it with Day Of The Triffids. On the other hand as Keats said,

    Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
    Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–
    While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
    And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue…

    It’s a season of fruitfulness as the Earth prepares to rest.

  2. Hi Ann,
    I have all kinds of things growing in my gardens, along with the weeds. All my plants have struggled this summer and I am hoping this winter will bring rain and the plants will be happy again. I planted a mango seed from a mango I ate, along with some passion fruit seeds, also growing. I have an avocado tree that is from a seed of an avocado I ate – it is about 6 feet tall. It rained last night (for the first time since July), and I can almost hear the plants breathing a big sigh of relief.
    Have a photosynthesis kind of day.

  3. “I like to see people as flowers — requiring nourishment, water, light, room to grow, and fertilizer (which is sometimes, inevitably, other people’s crap).”-Ann Koplow

    Ann, this is a great quote! I see the whole earth as a garden, despite “private” gardens, there are micro gardens in every corner of the world; for…

    “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • As usual, Maria, you added much to the garden here — including an inspiration for me to send out that quote on Twitter.

  4. I love your thought of seeing people as flowers! Delightful. Like you and your mind full of so many flowering thoughts. You create a garden of peace and joy and love everyday.

  5. Love gardens. Love.

  6. I don’t feel flowery, can I be a tree?

  7. this morning I kept my petals closed because the sun did not fulfill his daybreak promise.

  8. As a garden addict I loved this post and agree with every word.

  9. I love this song. It comforted me in graduate school. We all need a place we can go to for peace, and for some of us, that’s a garden. Lovely. Thanks.

  10. I know it’s not about a garden but Secret Garden by Springsteen is a wonderful song. One of my all time favourites.

  11. Maureen

    OnE thing I notice from your photos is that lovely gardens may be grown in small and unpromising containers.

  12. Blooming good pics, Ann.

  13. Thank you for getting me back, back to the garden, Ann.

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