Blog Schedule

I post on Monday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

W. E. P - Write Edit Publish

From Yolanda Renee and Denise Covey we have this lovely challenge.
The Gardens prompt is all about creativity. What picture comes to mind when you hear the word 'garden' - the spectacular beauty of carefully landscaped tiers – the fresh delights of a new snowfall on frozen branches – or the haunting beauty of shadows and wilted plants at dusk on a fall night. 

Please share your poetry, photography, artistry, or writing skills in a flash fiction piece inspired by a garden!

Your choice of medium, genre, word count (1000 maximum) and how the prompt inspires you!

When I saw this challenge I immediately thought of Robert Louis Stevenson's lovely book, 
A Child's Garden of Verses and the poem, The Flowers.

All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames --
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.

When I recovered my exceptionally worn out book, I drew this for the front cover, copying it from the above illustration.

Here are some photos which I hope will delight and please the eye.
Butterfly on Esperanza. 

 Bee on Bluebonnet

Fields of Gold


Yellow Iris

Blue Iris
Along with A Child's Garden of Verses, The Secret Garden holds a special place in my heart.

Go HERE to see how others have been inspired by this garden prompt.

Do you have a favorite book, poem, picture or painting about gardens? Have you ever been to a formal or famous botanical garden? 


  1. Those flowers are beautiful. I like your entry.

  2. You did a wonderful job with recreating the cover art.

  3. Nice selection of flowers.
    I actually like your version of the cover better.

  4. I'm with Alex, that reproduction of yours is amazing! The photos are so beautiful and all the entries just make me want to go out into the garden and meditate. Thank you Bish, such a lovely entry for the WEP Gardens Challenge! Everyone should have access to a Secret Garden!

  5. The illustrations from that book are lovely. But then so are all the other images here. Thanks, Bish.

  6. I agree with others who say your cover is best. JUST lovely, as are the photographs of flowers. The Secret Garden. Loved the book and the movie. I think we all crave access to it as Yolanda says.

    Thanks for your comment on my post, Bish. Responding to it, that you are the weed puller...I too really enjoy pulling weeds, especially the so-called marshmallow ones. Gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

  7. Beautiful, Bish. I love your drawings and your pictures. Yes, I have had the opportunity to visit two Botanical gardens in the region of Germany where I live and one in another region. There was not enough time in the day for me to walk through the entire gardens, but I was fascinated.
    Shalom aleichem,

  8. Lovely photos, and I adore the poem! I do love a summer garden--still working on my own, but currently visiting my moms and it is heaven to me!

  9. Ooooh.
    I too would live in that garden if I hadn't grown. And part of me hopes that I do still live there.
    In the interim Botanical Gardens are heart balm for me.
    Love your photos, and am awed by your drawing.

  10. Hi Bish - what a wonderful copy you've produced from the Children's Verses cover ... very clever. Love the verse too ... such a delight to see the names woven into a poem ..

    Your photos to show the flowers too - really help .. cheers Hilary

  11. Hi, Bish...

    What a charming poem... and your illustration is delightful! Not to mention the pics.... Definitely puts me in a garden mood~

  12. Stunning photos of flowers. I also enjoyed your drawing of the book cover - A Child's Garden of Verse.
    Wonderfully done.

  13. What a lovely poem. I like your illustration too. I too have a special place in my heart for the Secret Garden. While I don't think I've been to any famous botanical gardens, I've been to several throughout the states of Virginia and Tennessee.

  14. Delightful post. Just what I needed after a rough day. I love the cover.

  15. Lovely poetry and great photos.

  16. The photos are absolutely stunning, as is the poem, as is your cover art. Bish, thank you for sharing such a beautiful entry for the WEP GARDENS challenge. Perfect for the theme!

    Denise :-)

    1. Your drawing of the cover is very well done. I like the gladiolas and the bluebonnet. I like old style flowers which retain their scent. I don't think I ever read that book of poetry, but wish I had it when my kids were little.

  17. Beautiful drawing and flowers. I love all the different colors and the way you captured the flowers. :)

  18. Oops, Bish, sorry I added my comment in error under Denise's.

  19. So vibrant. Both the verse, and pictures. Way cool.

  20. Such beauty! Thank you for sharing, Bish.

  21. Hi Bish.
    I'm visiting via the WEP challenge. Love the poem and your bright photos.
    You also have a talent for drawing as shown by the details in your illustration!


Your Random Thoughts are most welcome!