My Secret Garden
I loved the book The Secret Garden when I was a child and vowed to have one some day.When my daughter was born, I decided the time was now.I enclosed an area 20'x25' with hedges--privit and arrowwood viburnum since they are fast growing.A nearly hidden opening trimmed into the hedge serves as the doorway.
I laid a stone path with large flat stones from the brook to a wood and wrought iron bench tucked in one corner of the garden. A rose bush covers the arbor over the bench with beautiful red blossoms.There is an antique concrete statue of a child holding a shaft of wheat across from the bench. A bird bath awaits feathered friends next to the arbor.
In the secret garden are many types of my favorite plants--daylilies that came from my mother's garden, an intensely fragrant queen of the meadow which is one of the druid's seven sacred plants, astilbe with their soft feathery spikes of color, daffodils for spring cheer, lady's mantle that hold the dewdrops like liquid gemstones, ferns and hosta growing lush in the shady sections.There is a fairy rose with its cheery little pink flowers that always make me smile.A perennial geranium brightens its spot with a splash of purple.Periwinkle carpets a section with lavender flowers.
The butterflies and hummingbirds love our secret garden too. A cat can usually be found napping on the bench.Wrens watch us from their perch on the hedges.My children and I have spent many happy hours sitting and talking and telling stories in the secret garden. And there have been many times my children have sought its refuge to sit and think in peace and quiet when they are having a bad day.I discovered early on that this was the place my youngest son retreated to when he needed to be alone-- a beautiful place hidden away from the troubles of the world.
Visitors, both young and old, are delighted when they accidentally discover the secret garden or have it pointed out to them because it escaped their gaze and remained hidden from their sight. I have always been so glad that I fulfilled my childhood vow to create a secret garden because we have found much joy in this magical place. Tucked under the hedges near the doorway is a hand-painted little sign that reads "I am surrounded by beauty I have drawn to myself." That sums up how I feel about it--there can be so much beauty in our lives if we just take the time to draw it in to ourselves.