Garden Whimsy

Whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it.  ~~ Anonymous

The weather is all over the place — heavy frost, spring-like warmth, sunshine, rain, and back to sun again — we never know what to expect these days.  On sunny days it’s obvious that spring can barely contain itself and yet it can all too easily be a snare and a delusion — a trap for the over-eager.  Rush those bedding plants into the ground and watch a heavy frost come along and sap all the energy out of them, leaving you with a bed full of weak, spindly trying-their-level-best-to-flower plants.  Best to be patient just a little longer.

There are a few leaf buds in Ray’s Garden but much of the flower garden is bare right now and this reveals unexpected delights for anyone with a sense of whimsy who might be wandering through in search of early signs of spring.

sun face

Little treasures that are hidden away much the year in all the fertile greenery — not great art by any means — just little things to make you smile when they are discovered.

“A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy. “    ~~ Rumer Godden

house 2

I hope the tenant of this tidy home is enjoying the early primulas …

bench 1

An invitation to have a seat and dream for awhile…

“A garden without its statue is like a sentence without its verb.” ~~  Joseph W. Beach

lantern 3Sea and earth and human creation, all together under the ferns …

I love this little bright-blue creature — one of my absolutely favorite discoveries …


And then, because this is Ray’s Garden, there are angels everywhere.  Here …

angel head wall hang

and here …

sitting angel

and this rather stern fellow who watches over it all from the main doorway …

doorknocker 900Garden additions — whether true art or whimsy — share a bit of the gardener’s soul with all who are lucky enough to be invited in to look and discover.

“From there to here, and here to there — funny things are everywhere.”                 ~~ Dr. Seuss

Happy almost-Spring, everyone!


Dreaming of a White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten, and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow ~~ (with thanks to Irving Berlin)

We all know the words and we can all sing along with the movie,  but for most of us in the western part of California– that’s all it is — an image from a movie.  A “White Christmas” has a very different meaning here in Ray’s Garden.

We don’t have a lot of words today, just some pictures we hope you enjoy, all taken within the last week or so …

white Iris


white rose

Dutch Iris


And just ‘because’ — after all, most things look better with a little contrast thrown in …

red berries

To quote from the movie once more: “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it white.”   All of us here at The Office Spot wish you and yours all the blessings of the season.  Happy Holidays!