Well now that I’ve taken you into Miss Mary’s garden, I thought I’d also give you a peek into another special garden. I have a friend who lives down the street from me, who has a magical garden of her own. She has become a dear friend to my four-year-old daughter Lillia. The first thing that Lillia often wants to do when she comes home from preschool is to run over to Ms. Bylander’s house to explore her yard. There happen to be small and wonderful things for small people there (mainly for Ms. Bylander’s grandchildren), and Ms. Bylander has made Lillia feel very welcome to come and enjoy them.
Ms. Bylander has a special way with children; she just knows how to communicate with them in a manner that makes them feel listened to and understood. Her garden is filled with glorious flowers, beautiful little bird families, elegant tiny statues, colorful stones that glimmer in the sunlight, and best of all: secret passages. Lillia loves to go in and out of the paths through the flowers, trees, and bushes. There are swings, little chairs for little bodies, and even a baby swing where Lillia can strap in her beloved baby doll, Suzette.
Here are a few of the flowers growing in Ms. Bylander’s garden:
Although some of these images aren’t as crisp as I would like, or have an overly restricted depth of field, I’m including them anyway because I like what they contribute to the collection, in terms of variety.