Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Moonlight Garden

I attempted to create a moonlight garden.  But all of the white plants I planted kept dying, so I really just created a garden in the moonlight.  
 The area is really quite shady so the woodland plants work best in this location.
Moonlight gardens have been around for centuries.  The Chinese planted moonlight gardens for meditation.  
The moonlight garden is created to take advantage of the other senses that are heightened in the darkness; such as,  your sense of touch, smell, and hearing.   They often include a water feature such as a fountain.  
My little garden just has the reflection of a full moon in the bird bath.   Petunias would be excellent in a moonlight garden.  I planted them but, I don't think they were getting enough sun in my shady spot.  I also planted, lamb's ears,  a hosta, ferns, dusty miller, an impatient,  and moon vine.   The moon vine blooms only at night.  It has large white flowers that have a nice fragrance.  They are like a nighttime morning glory.  When mine bloom I will get more pics.
Here comes the moon.  If I stay out a little longer it will be right over my garden.  The moon was so bright on this night.  When your eyes adjusted, you could see dappled moonlight on the lawn.  I remember nights like this when I was a kid. 

It was cool out and there was a light breeze, very magical.  When is the last time you went outside and enjoyed the full moon?
I will link to Faded Charm's White Wednesday.
Also A Southern Daydreamer's Outdoor Wednesday.
Please go over to these sites and check out all the great ideas.



Atticmag said...

How interesting. I never heard of a moonlight garden before but what a peaceful idea indeed. Yours looks beautiful.
Visiting from Outdoor Wed.
Jane T.

Sailing Simply said...

This is adorable! I just love your little fairy in the moonlight garden. Wonderful photo! It's so dreamy!

Boom Nisanart said...

It's wonderful outdoor !! look so welcome !

Debbie said...

This is the sweetest little garden ever!!!
Enjoyed my time here tonight.

Miss Gracie's House said...

What a beautiful place for a midnight visit...

Beth said...

This is really pretty! It would be a nice place to sit and sip a glass of wine.
Blessings, Beth

Cathy said...

What a wonderful idea for a garden. It looks beautiful!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oooohhhh I love it! How creative! Wonderful images!


Light and Voices said...

I love the idea of a moonlight visit to a garden.
Joyce M

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Absolutely magical ~ I can almost see the sprites dancing about. There's just something so mysterious about a garden at night.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

GREAT photos!!! This is the best way to view the beauty in the yard...no mosquitoes.

My Wednesday post -Tall Sail Ships Arriving. Lots of photos! Hope you can come take the tour with me!

Luna Miranda said...

the hanging lanterns are so romantic! wonderful night shots.

Sandy said...

How nice to be able to go out in the garden at night.. yours is especially calming!
I can't go out at night although it's attractive.. we have critters (hungry critters).
Love the little lights!

Rebecca said...

I have an all white garden, but I love, love, love this effect!

~~Carol~~ said...

I love your moonlit garden! The lights hanging from the tree are just stunning. I've always wanted to plant a moon garden. The closest I got was a moonflower. My friend across the street had one too, and we had a competition all summer to see whose opened first each night!
Happy WW!

Susanne said...

Love the luminaries, did you make them yourself? I did a little star gazing on the 4th, in between fireworks in the neighborhood.

AshTreeCottage said...

I too love a garden at night. Quiet, serene and the perfect place to end the day!

Susan and Bentley

clustres said...

Something very romantic and and serene about a moonlight garden! Love it!

Linda said...

Very nice. We put in a few little solar lights out in our back yard so we could enjoy the muted light out there. It is so different at night. Each night we sit out there we see a possum walking through to eat the grubs and snails....last night she had a wee one with her!

Wendy said...

What a sweet garden, just waiting to see a fairy hidden in a picture! After we get the kids to bed, we can't wait to go and sit on the deck under the moon and hear nothing but silence! It is by far my favorite time!

Marie said...

Ooh...your moonlight garden is so enchanting!

I also just want to stop by and say "thanks" for commenting about my Tiffany Bleu cottage.

Melissa Miller said...

I LOVE this! You did a beautiful job at creating a peaceful mood. Lovely job Sherry. :)

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