Thursday, March 19, 2015

Finding My Zen In A Garden

     I had the opportunity to spend three weekend days in Anderson's LaCosta garden nursery in a north county beach community of San Diego. It was December, and I was invited to participate in an artisan holiday marketplace to sell succulent plant arrangements.

   I spent the days in a lovely location in a shady spot, 

surrounded by plants, and chirping birds.
 Not a bad gig for me, since I love being in a garden.

  You probably know that many women pine for Italian Ferragamos or French Loubutin heels-- and I, too, like a well designed shoe.
 But, I pine for evergreen trees, Schwarzkopf aeoniums, designer succulents, the scent of stephanotis blossoms in my front yard, and kumquats from my backyard.

These sunny looking aeoniums

and Christmas cactus in bloom can bring out the best in me.
As the song goes, these are a few of my favorite things.

Fountains all around the nursery 

provided a background chorus of running water--music to my ears.

 In the orchid room,

like a bouncing ball,
 my eyes went from one beautiful bloom

to the next, practically sending me into a hypnotic state.

And I lusted after all the pots, 

in every size and color.

The texture on this pot sent me over the moon.
Now it sits on my patio, planted with succulents, of course.

I obsessed over the head planters,

mulling over how I might style their succulent hair.

But the buddha statuaries suggested a more meditative mood.

I was in a nursery all day and under the under the spell of a garden, and it was soothing away my stress better than a full body massage. That's not too surprising--after all, Buddha himself found nirvana while meditating for weeks on end under a tree.

As it happens, I found a little unexpected zen myself,
while sitting for a few days under the  shade of this garden.

And I took that home, too.

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