Brrrrr! Snowflakes are twirling down, covering my garden with a sparkling, white blanket today. It’s a perfect time to dream of sunny days… and to share two small gardens that hold a very special place in my heart.
First, we must visit my favorite garden spot in the whole world!
It’s just a few steps away,
through the arbor,
past our Friendship Garden,
and down the flagstone path to our Herb and Tea Garden.
The garden gate is open to welcome you.
This garden is not a secret at all!
Friends are always welcome to pick herbs or mint for a cup of herbal tea.
Our little, picket-fence garden, filled with culinary herbs and mints, will always be my favorite garden spot in the world. Although today it is covered in snow, our Herb and Tea Garden is a warm reminder of a special dream-come-true one summer long ago. It is filled with love and sweet memories! Oh, the happy hours I have spent in my favorite little garden ‘getaway’.
But I also have a ‘secret garden.’
It’s a small, green oasis ~ a calm place of beauty, that makes my heart sing! What makes my ‘secret garden’ so special is the place where it is hidden, the people I share it with, and the memories it holds.
My ‘secret garden’ is so far away.
Just going there is an adventure of the very best kind!
It requires an eight hour flight to another continent,
a fast drive along the autobahn,
and a streetcar ride downtown.
A walk past the castle leads to a beautiful park filled with many gardens. Sometimes it takes me a while to find my ‘secret garden,’ as I meander through the park, following the winding paths. Finally, I can spot it in the distance ~ my ‘secret garden!’
I first discovered this special garden over thirty years ago, on a warm, summer day, while walking with a dear friend who lives near the castle. Over the years, we have visited my ‘secret garden’ together many times.
I will always remember visiting my ‘secret garden’ one Christmas Day long ago. As I walked along the paths in the park, there were families out for a Christmas stroll, walking arm-in-arm, singing Christmas carols together.
One very special summer, I invited my mom to see my ‘secret garden.’ Imagine her first glimpse of a real castle, and our walk through the park together. Suddenly, we were caught in a huge rainstorm, but our umbrella and our sense of adventure let us continue. Being together in this faraway place is such a sweet memory for both of us!
Not so long ago, on an Autumn morning, my husband and I explored the castle and walked through the park with our dear friend. When we first stepped into my ‘secret garden’ together, it was a magical moment shared by all!
Oftentimes, I visit my ‘secret garden’ on my own.
I know the way.
I follow my heart…
… and I count my blessings,
for the special people in my life!
Wishing you warm memories!
P.S. Hope you will share your warm memories of a favorite garden or a secret garden spot of your own! It will help to melt away the winter chill. (If you know the location of my ‘secret garden’… shhhhh! Help keep the secret!) ♡