Flowers—Lines—Ice

Another magical place

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:

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37 responses

  1. Beautiful shots, Melanie! And what a fascinating place for your daughter to play!

    June 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    • Thank you, Carissa. We are lucky that there are so many beautiful gardens around us! We have too much shade in our yard to have successful garden. My partner and I have tried and tried… lots of different strategies, but without much luck. Now we have a playground. 🙂 Later on we’ll have a rock garden. 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      • Rock garden…that’s about my speed! I’m thinking pagodas too.

        June 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  2. Love the flower images.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

  3. Oh my – you are SO blessed to have several wonderful gardens in which to snap away with your camera! I love the description of Ms. Bylander’s magical wonderland and I’m sure Lillia loves it there with all the fun things to see and do. Beautiful flower pix…..I have too much shade for many flowers myself but I do have ferns, hostas, and other things that don’t seem to mind the lack of sun!

    Pam (and Sam who loves ANY garden…sunny or shady!)

    June 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    • I know, isn’t it amazing! The gardens in my neighborhood are so beautiful, and my neighbors are so kind and generous, too! We’re very lucky. Ferns and hostas are beautiful plants to enjoy in a garden. We do have some hostas in ours, too, which I really like. We have absolutely perfect weather here, today. I hope Sammy is getting out to enjoy some warm sunshine today, too!

      June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      • Oh he is – three times this morning so far but now he’s under his afghan tent in my studio napping…..it’s all that fresh air I think!

        Happy Tuesday………..Pam

        June 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  4. Ms. Bylander has such a beautiful flower and a really great friend to capture it and share it with the world 🙂

    June 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  5. Je suis en admiration. Tes photos sont vraiment magnifiques. Elles sont toutes plus belles les unes que les autres.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  6. Beautiful flowers. You are surrounded by such wonderful gardens! 🙂

    June 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

  7. David

    Beautiful shots!

    June 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

  8. All stunning photos, but the first shot of the rose is ethereal, I could stare at that for a long time (and might just).

    June 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  9. Beautiful!!!

    June 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  10. Your neighbourhood looks utterly heavenly, and what a wonderful place for Lillia to play!

    June 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  11. These pictures really are wonderful. Such detail & beautiful colours.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm

  12. Oh, what beuties in this garden, Lemony, the rose and the clematis are among my favorites.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  13. Love that rose, Melanie…stone gorgeous…. 🙂

    June 27, 2012 at 2:50 am

  14. very beautiful flowers

    June 27, 2012 at 6:25 am

  15. Beautiful!

    June 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  16. Lucky you to have so many magical places just around the corner. Amazingly beautiful shots Melanie

    June 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    • Thank you very much, Joanna. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful gardens and people!

      June 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  17. Lovely! Flowers always looks beautiful but the first shot is absolutely stunning.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

  18. WOW….great colours and shapes

    June 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  19. Great shots. This looks like a wonderful place to engage a child’s imagination.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

  20. That last daisy pic is beautiful!

    July 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  21. These are gorgeous flowers. I’m envious of her garden.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

  22. Love those purple things…..

    July 10, 2012 at 3:50 am

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    • Thank you for including my post among your favorites! I am very grateful to be recognized in this way, among such wonderful company!

      August 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  24. The first shot here is gorgeous! Love it!

    August 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

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