Today’s photos come from Marilyn Brackney. She has a wonderful garden and a beautiful, musical way of describing her plants. She’s been gardening about 20 years. Her Indiana garden has heavy clay soil, and she’s learned over the years to grow plants that will thrive easily in her conditions. In the descriptions of her pictures below, she describes each plant and scene in terms of sound and music. It is such a lovely way to think about a garden! Do you hear music in the colors of your flowers?
In this picture, echinacea (coneflower, Zones 3–9) adds some singing to the other flower voices. Nothing sings out of tune here.
The wild children of rudbeckia (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 3–9) and echinacea growing where they please, but still in harmony.
I love how this bright red Monarda (bee balm, Zones 4–10) stretches its neck to be heard over the other plants. The bees and humming birds love it too.
This picture has two loud chairs mainly surrounded by the low hum of the shade garden, a nice place to sit for some quiet.
This last picture shows my water pond, behind a hosta. No garden should be without the sounds of gurgling water—and yes, it has fish. I bought four goldfish about 10 years ago; now I have 22 goldfish and several frogs.
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