thinking green … gardens today

This one is for my farm-hearted sisters who are still chilly, cabin-feverish, or (sigh) snowed in. While a gal can’t control the weather, she can dream green.


Portrait of a Woman by Stevens Alfred Reverie, 1880, via Wikimedia Commons

And who hasn’t already begun dreaming of spring?

So, in the spirit of the season soon-to-come, I’ve wandered about and gathered a garden-green gallery for you.

It’s true!

Come in and stay as long as you like, wandering these fragrantly blooming pathways that are painted in sunlight so brilliant you can almost feel it upon your skin …



Woman in Garden by Philip Leslie Hale, 1895, via Wikimedia Commons

I hope you brought your parasol.


Woman in the Garden at Sainte-Adresse, 1867, by Claude Monet via Wikimedia Commons

Can’t you just smell the green grass brushing past your skirts?


Femme dans un Jardin by Vincent Van Gogh, 1887, via Wikimedia Commons

Do stop and smell the flowers.


Woman in a Garden by John Leslie Breck, 1890, via Wikimedia Commons

Or maybe, just sit a spell …


Woman in the Garden by Torsten Wasastjerna, 1893, via Wikimedia Commons

until the evening shadows begin to fall.


Delicious Solitude by Frank Bramley, 1909, via Wikimedia Commons


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I love, love impressionistic art: the hues, the colors, the softness. We are going to the Netherlands the end of April, which was the home of Vincent Van Gogh and we are looking forward to seeing some of the larger painting collections when we are there. I am not familiar with the one shown here, but it is wonderful in the brightness of green and pop of red.

    Top O’ the Mornin’ to ya, Mary Jane!

  2. Oh My! How apropos! Just had 3+” of snow today here in Amishland in PA, and it was daunting to look at. Especially after having rejoiced Sunday that nearly all the snow had melted here. So, MaryJane, your lovely gallery of green gardens was most welcome. Thanks for bringing a breath of much needed spring air.
    Winnie, Im so envious. Please be sure to see the Rijks museum in Amsterdam and see all of the Rembrandts too. To walk into the room with the ” Night Watch” will stay with you your entire life!
    Think Spring everyone, and be sure to celebrate this very green day of St. Patrick.

  3. Karlyne says:

    It’s obvious from the titles of these gorgeous pix that Women Belong in the Garden!

    Sorry about your snows; I just saw Dorothy and Toto go by the window, but the sky is blue! What’s a little 800mph gust?!?

  4. Debbie says:

    Oh my heavens! Lovely images and daydreams of spring! Thank you MJ! We had some flurries this am too!
    This winter just doesn’t want to let go does it?

  5. Bobbie calgaro says:

    Thank you for that lovely touch of spring. Even here in the South, spring refuses to show herself except for a day here and there. Today more freezing rain after 70 degree weather Saturday. Spring is very coy this year but we hope she comes to stay soon for us all. It has been a rough winter.

  6. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Hello! I just read that we had another day below zero to start. I am enjoying the sunshine & heat on oue vacation! I do miss the snow but not the cold temps!

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