7 Countries in my Garden

Those who know me know that my little backyard garden is my happy place. Given I am not traveling overseas this summer I was determined to make this year’s garden a true zen location. I also incorporated some elements of various countries that provided some of my favorite travel memories. Allow me to share those elements with you.

1 – Thailand statue. This statue always reminds me of the temples we saw in Thailand. I am not sure this is the classic type of statue, but it does make me think of temples, zen, prayers, calmness and serenity.

2 – Wild flowers of Texas. I worked in Texas more than 5 years during my 15 year career abroad. One of my favorite times of the year in Texas is spring. Wild flowers are everywhere. I even visited cemeteries full of wold flowers between the headstones and the monuments. In hill country the Texas blue bonnets grow wild and abundant. From March to mid-May, people visit Texas to feast their eyes on those beautiful wild flowers. My little space dedicated to wild flowers is now full of little sprouts of leaves and growth! Can’t wait to see what comes up!

3 – The beautiful fragrant lavender of France. I love the scent of lavender and I make sure that every year I have a few big containers to perfume the entire zen garden.

4 – My chiminea of Mexico. Chimineas are very common in the South, and I often saw many in people’s front and back yard during my many trips to Mexico. I found this chiminea in the garbage, and brought it home, sanded it, and repainted it light green. It adds a nice touch to my garden.

5 – The houses of La Boca, Argentina. La Boca is a neighborhood of Buenos Aires where the houses are painted in various bright colours. It’s a huge tourist attraction and I thought it would be a nice addition to paint my little wooden houses to remind me of La Boca.

6 – The poppies of Spain. When I walked across Northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago, I saw for the first time, immense fields of beautiful red poppies growing wild. At times, one could only see vast crimson coloured fields as far as the eye could see. As well, poppies were my sister Denise’s favorite flowers, and I always plant some in her memory.

7 – Symbols of Quebec and Canada. I was born in Quebec, but moved in my late twenties to Ontario, across the Ottawa river. My heart belongs to both Quebec and Canada. I’m in favour of Quebec being part of Canada, but I also am a strong supporter of maintaining the French language as an integral part of our country’s culture and heritage. Therefore, my garden is home to the red maple leaf, symbol of Canada and the Fleur de Lys, symbol of the province of Quebec.

Even though I may not be traveling outside my country, my zen garden reminds me of my wonderful adventure abroad.

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apptraveler

Retired exec consultant who traveled for more than 4 decades, both corporate and leisure. I appreciate my travel experience and want to share tips, photos and stories with readers! I live in Ottawa Canada and have traveled to 31 countries.

26 thoughts on “7 Countries in my Garden

    • July 8, 2017 at 12:24 am
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      Thanks Charlene for your comment. It is a very zen place, squirrels, birds and all!

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    • July 8, 2017 at 12:23 am
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      Hi Haley, Thanks for your comment. My garden is my true zen spot!

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  • July 9, 2017 at 2:01 am
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    Love this. Lover hearing about how you incorporate the places you love all in one spot!

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    • July 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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      MY garden is very small – but I did manage to get a lot of things that make it “zen” to me. THanks for your comments.

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  • July 9, 2017 at 3:35 am
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    so beautiful garden from travel memories in those beautiful seven countries
    thanks for sharing

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  • July 9, 2017 at 11:49 am
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    I plan to do some gardening in the future. Looks fun and less stressful than having a pet.

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    • July 9, 2017 at 2:21 pm
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      Hi Nelu, Short of watering and weeding, once a garden is planted, that’s as far as the maintenance go – MUCH less stressful than a pet, for sure!

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  • July 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    What a great idea! I have my own back deck that’s my special retreat. I might ‘borrow’ your travel idea to add to my retreat๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • July 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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      Thanks Kathy for your comments. our retreats are our special places! might as well make then unique to our experiences.

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  • July 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm
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    Awesome post! Seriously interesting ideas. Just the thought of it makes me happy! I’ll definitely incorporate your ideas. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • July 11, 2017 at 1:33 am
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      Thanks Jas, I am glad you liked some of my ideas. Thanks for posting!

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  • July 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm
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    It is really great to have something to remind us of the beautiful places we’ve visited. You just gave me an awesome idea, by looking at your lovely garden. Thanks for this.

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    • July 11, 2017 at 1:32 am
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      Hi Mary, I’m glad you are inspired, and I thank you for your comments!

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  • July 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm
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    What a cool idea to incorporate different areas into your garden. I just planted lavender in my garden and I LOVE it. So beautiful and fragrant.

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    • July 11, 2017 at 1:31 am
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      Chevelle, Thank you for your comments. I love love love lavender! My favorite smell in the garden

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  • July 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm
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    Such a cool and creative idea, I know many persons that are passionate about gardening, great job!

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    • July 11, 2017 at 1:31 am
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      Thanks for your comments – Gardening is a wonderful hobby, for sure!

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  • July 10, 2017 at 11:30 am
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    Loved it. We are going to try out something like this and if we do blog about it, we will be sure to mention the source of inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • July 11, 2017 at 1:30 am
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      Thanks for your comments, and I would appreciate seeing your creation!

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  • July 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm
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    Your world garden looks beautiful dear, thanks for sharing.

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