Thursday 2nd December 2021

My Zen Is Found In The Garden. Part Two. 42/2019.

My Zen Is Found In The Garden. Part Two. 42/2019.

Recently I wrote about how I find having a garden is good for my mental (and physical!) health.

However, I must now add, that looking at flowers en masse, individually and observing their colours and textures takes me on an artist’s journey.

I see:

  • patterns
  • tones
  • colours
  • shapes
  • textures

I have tried to replicate some via my drawings and mandalas but nothing quite tops Mother Nature.

I am glad to recognise the peaceful, relaxing and health-filled responses I have when I visit not only my meagre garden but in parks and others’ gardens.

Here’s my collection of favourites. Some were grown where we live now and in pots, others were at the last house. The sweet peas at the bottom were from the last time I grew them. Two years ago. I love sweet peas so I have given them another go this year. Fingers crossed!

Do you find going into the garden relaxing?

Do you notice your breathing slows when you are immersed in nature?

I believe that nature is a healing space and place and I love that!

It cetainly is a place I can re-capture my ‘zen’.

Thanks to Min for her Tuesday link up #zentipstuesday here.




  1. I adore the garden Denyse (and nature in general)! I don’t like heavy physical gardening anymore but I like a poke around and I love sitting back and enjoying the fruits of my labour. I love your flower photographs! You’ve reminded me about sweat peas. I love them too but don’t have any at present. I might have to rectify that! Thanks so much for linking up with #ZTT – have a wonderful week! πŸ™‚ xo

    • Yes I get myself (back!) into trouble too with heavy lifting. Where we are now is all in pots I can manage and some I have on a table and others are easy to access.

      I too love the look and I can find so many patterns in flowers.

      Happy Tuesday.

      Denyse x

  2. Hi Denyse, I wrote about gardening and writing poetry in my #ztt post today! Snap πŸ™‚ Your photos are lovely and full of colour and I love patterns in nature too. Sweet peas are beautiful and when in England last year I was reminded of just how pretty they are!

    • I sure will enjoy reading that.

      I used to grow sweet peas with my now almost 10 yo granddaughter when she was little because her birthday came at a time they would be in full flower.

      They are also a lovely reminder of my Mum as I recall taking bunches of sweetpeas to school for the teachers. Remember when kids did that!

      Denyse x

  3. Hi Denyse, I don’t have a garden but I do love sitting in gardens and just ‘being’. I think the garden would be a perfect Zen space and Iook at the glorious colours of your flowers. Who couldn’t feel peaceful and happy looking at those. #ztt

    • Yes I know what you mean about sitting in a garden. I did that when I visited Newcastle and sat under a tree in the shade of the main park in between sessions at the writers’ festival.

      Now you have a beach much closer, I suspect it too will be a wonderful place to visit.

      Denyse x