Seeing Your Garden

“Gardeners , like everyone else, live second by second and minute by minute.  What we see at one particular moment is then and there before us.  But there is a second way of seeing.  Seeing with the eye of memory, not the eye of our anatomy, calls up days and seasons past and years gone by.”  – Allen Lacy, The Gardener’s Eye


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

16 thoughts on “Seeing Your Garden”

  1. Isn’t THAT the truth?! But I love that we do that. It’s much like we see our children, isn’t it?

    By the way, the only way I could see your lovely photo of the lilacs was to click on the space where it was supposed to be and it then showed me the image on its own page. When I came back here, I was certain it would then show, but it didn’t. There’s just black space. :-(


  2. Memory gives us meaning and delight. It all comes together for us at our best and – at worst – we have those inner sensations and imaginings of time spent with our loved ones to cherish forever. I admit, I’m still a bit miffed that my kid grew up. Other than that, life is cool. Great Lilac! Man, I love those things, Nancy.

  3. Interesting post for today, Nancy. I learned today that one of my favorite Master Gardeners died over the weekend and this quote reminds me of times spent together with him and his wife. “Seeing with the eye of memory…” I can smell the fragrance of these scrumptious lilacs in my memory as well.

  4. I’m nuts over lilacs and roses. Since we’ve moved to this new house, I’ve been adding new ones to my collection each year. Last year, my Sensation lilac bloomed for the first time (it’s taken 5 yrs). You’da thought I just gave birth to it myself, I was that excited.

  5. Lovely sentiments, Nancy. I’m surviving the winter through memories of the garden. Of course, garden magazines and seed catalogs are helping, too:)

  6. Seeing is a gift and truly observing remarkable. I always think about a quote from Emerson: ‘Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.’

    You provide a wonderful view of what you see — thanks!

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