Thursday, June 24, 2010

Outdoor Decor

Outside, among all my zen gardens and ponds and water basins and bamboo and ferns and wabi sabi pines, my husband has built me something wonderful.

Follow the path to the entrance to my outdoor haven of peaceful, quiet tranquility.

Part of the greenhouse was constructed with old, recycled materials. The red door is half of a french door with leaded glass panes. Some of the windows come from an older building. The sink inside cost $5.00. My husband has put in electricity to hook up a fan for warm weather and a heater for cooler weather. He built this greenhouse from scratch and even put a weather vane on the roof.

I found this sign in a second hand store. I think it belongs above the door to my greenhouse.
The greenhouse, like all my zen gardens surrounding my home, has become an extension of my
art... surrounding myself with what I like and is pleasing to my eye.

Step inside. Perfectly tranquil, far removed from the world's turmoil....

To experience that elusive feeling of harmony and balance, we embrace our true nature and recognize the cycles of the natural world and our place within it.

Bird cages, small bonsai plants, gourd, seed pods, bird nests, all favorites and all pleasing to my eye.

Collections: driftwood from my beach below the cliff, rocks, bird nests, simply arranged.

Rain bamboos, wind pines: All Preach ZEN.

I have often been asked what I thought was the secret of Buddha's smile. It is--it can only be--that he smiles at himself for searching all those years for what he already possessed. Paul Brunton.

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. Chinese proverb

Ring the bell on the way out. Thank you for visiting.
"The only journey is the journey within." ---Rainer Maria Rilke

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The song of the zen gardens

And what is art where to we press
Through paint and prose and rhyme---
When nature in her nakedness
Defeats us every time? -- Rudyard Kipling

Welcome to my zen gardens. The above image is is what you first see as you approach my home near my front porch. The below image is the smaller pond next to my front porch. My husband and I built these ponds and gardens from scratch. I am the one with the ideas, the planner, the collector of rocks and husband is the muscle man, the mover, the hole digger and over all handy man.

Butterfly! These words
From my brush are
not flowers...
Only their shadows. -- Soseki

I think of gardening as an extension of one's being, something as deeply personal and intimate as writing a poem. --- Stanley Kunitz, poet

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. --Crowfoot

This garden is no metaphor... more a task that swallows you into yourself, earth using, as always, everything it can. --- Jan Hirshfield.
(You are now in the back of the house which faces the cliff. There is a larger pond with very large koi which we have had for 10 years now.)

The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plowman. He modifies the climate around his home. --- John R. Whiting

A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy. -- Rumer Godden

A garden should be in a constant state of fluid change, expansion, experiment, adventure; above all it should be an inquisitive, loving, but self-critical journey on the part of its owner. --- N.E. Bates
My next post will feature my new greenhouse which I love and am very excited about.