IBQ Writing Prompt: Garden


This week’s prompt is:


“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  –  Cicero

What does a garden mean to you?  A nice lawn?  Flowers?  Vegetables?  Something to admire from afar?  Do you like to garden?  Or does the smell of dirt and the sight of bugs send you rushing into the house?  Are you a city dweller longing for a garden?  An introvert seeking a quiet refuge?happy garden


How Does It Work?

The rules are on the IBQ page, but they are simple:  blog about what the prompt means to you and then come back here and leave a link.  There is no word limit.  Each week I will have a specific word or expression to get the creative juices flowing.  Think about them in terms of the relevance to your life.  Then sit down and write a blog.  You get extra credit if you include a photo or graphic.  Tag it with IBQ.  After you’ve posted, come back here to that week’s specific prompt page and add a link to your blog in my comment box.  Then check out what other introverts are saying.  Remember to “Follow” my blog to get your weekly reminders.

Here is my contribution.  Come back and leave a link to your contribution after you publish it.


Our landscape architect was here today, sticking little flags in the ground to mark where our new plants will soon grace our front lawn.  Tomorrow she will spray paint the borders of the path and flower beds so her men will know where to dig.  Cee and I are getting quite excited.  We’re getting rid of most of our grass in favor of perennial plants that will grow and create beautiful interest for generations to come.  Evergreens to brighten the winters.  Dahlias to bring beauty to the dry heat of summer.  Bushes and borders.  It’s going in soon.  Cee has been out taking “before” pictures to go with the “after” shots.  What can you buy a flower photographer?  More flowers!  We are going to have a beautiful garden.

I used to have an overflowing abundance of vegetables in my garden, but the years and age have limited my mobility, so we’re calling on the magic mind of a wonderfully spiritual professional gardener, Pat Thompson, of Secret Garden Growers.  She’s put together an incredible plan, something I could never dream of.  I know how to plant nice, neat rows of green beans and stake them up, and cage my tomatoes so they don’t fall over from the weight of their own fruit, but I don’t know how to plan a flower garden for the height of the plants and the changing seasons.  So bring on the professionals.  I’m happy just to sit back and watch the magic, and the love, go into the ground around us.

While I was looking for a garden image, I found some wonderful views to share with you.  I hope you enjoy them.



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22 thoughts on “IBQ Writing Prompt: Garden

  1. What great and imaginative gardens people have! I’m not sure I’ll be able to come up with one for this prompt. I am not much of a gardener. But let me think on it… Thanks for the IBQ idea!

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  4. I have zero knack for keeping anything “green” alive. To give me seeds is to invite DEATH upon the plants!

    This is not from lack of trying, on my part, to helps things grow.

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