Monday, March 12, 2007
A garden is not just there for flowers, plants, shrubs, grass and trees. It would be a rather dull place without the addition of some garden friends in various shapes and sizes, don't you think?
Here are a few garden friends that I've met in gardens throughout the years and quite a few of them in my own. What would a garden be without these creatures?
Is it even possible to have a garden without them? Would life in the garden be possible without the humble worm, the pretty ladybird, the hedgehog, the blackbird, the bumblebee and many many more. And who would want to be without them?
Would a lazy summer day be half as good without the drone of the busy bee, the song of many a bird and not forgetting Jiminy cricket playing his violin? Or a sweet kitten to keep you company and gladden your heart with its antics, chasing after butterflies and leaves fluttering in the breeze?
A garden without the sounds and sightings of all who live there, is that even a garden? The tranquility that is brought by the golden fishes swimming lazily in the pond, who would be without it?
Don't they all enhance our lives with their presence, their beauty, their song or just their plain usefulness in combating pests and pollinating flowers in our gardens? And who of us hasn't been enchanted by the beauty the butterfly? And some of those lovely creatures are even especially bred to enhance our garden with their beauty. So here's to them, our wonderful garden friends! May we cherish and protect them.
I would not enter on my list of friends,
(Though graced with polished manners and fine sense,
Yet wanting sensibility) the man
Who needlessly sets foot upon a worm.
William Cowper, 1731 - 1800