Sketches from the garden

My partner, Roger, and I walk to the community garden in our complex twice each day. In the morning, we water, prune, harvest, transplant, tend the compost bin and check for multi-legged interlopers. In the evening, when the sun has mercifully dropped behind the buildings, we visit again to admire it's beauty and end the day surrounded by the quiet miracle of nature.

Our community garden is set up on a circular pattern, with an outer, community ring and an inner, private ring.

Our community garden. The inner ring consists of private gardens, ours is on the left, with roses in bloom, and the outer ring is open to the community, with herbs, flowers, and veggies for clipping.

Our community garden. The inner ring consists of private gardens, ours is on the left, with roses in bloom, and the outer ring is open to the community, with herbs, flowers, and veggies for clipping.

Gardens are a kaleidoscope of color, mostly shades of green punctuated with bright spots of red, orange, purple, pink, and yellow. Sometimes, in the morning, when we walk up to the garden, the sun will be hitting a hibiscus bloom or bright yellow sunflower in such a way that the bloom seems lit from within. The beautiful green foliage falls away from the spotlight in deference to the intense, vibrant colors of the bloom.

Sometimes nature lets you know, with color, when you should pay attention to your crops, and sometimes, the edible treats blend in amongst the foliage, rewarding the patient observer. Little green tomatoes and lovely green okra captured my attention on one visit, as they sit amongst the green leaves.

©2015 Joan Chamberlain. All artwork and illustrations contained throughout this website may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of Joan Chamberlain Designs.

©2015 Joan Chamberlain. All artwork and illustrations contained throughout this website may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of Joan Chamberlain Designs.

©2015 Joan Chamberlain. All artwork and illustrations contained throughout this website may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of Joan Chamberlain Designs.

©2015 Joan Chamberlain. All artwork and illustrations contained throughout this website may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of Joan Chamberlain Designs.