Journaling In The Garden

Do you enjoy journaling?  I have always been something of a journaler  though the process has taken many different forms through the years.  Recently I have been drawn to journaling in the garden.  I would like to have a written record of what I planted that was happy here OPP as well as what did not like it enough to stick around.  It would be nice to be able to reflect on the changes brought about by seasons or storms.

One of the reasons that the restoration of the Eudora Welty Garden has been successful is that Chestina, Eudora’s mother, was a faithful garden journaler.  Even when she was too busy to document, her entry for May 9th, 1937, reads simply, “Have been too busy to keep records.”

Now as I think about how this will work for me I know that getting words on paper is not going to be stimulating enough to hold my interest.

I am going to need to incorporate color and visuals in order to fall in love with this project.

Here are some garden journals I am loving…

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Pictured above and below from Jennifer Branch – love her watercolor illustrations…

garden journal

pretty plots by Pageyapping…

garden journal pageyapping cat

I like the actual photos pasted in on the pages here by Moleskin Passions…

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colored pictures cut and pasted alongside descriptions from Natural Nester…

natural nester

details of this entry by Krista Price are appealing…

krista price

I especially like the way this is framed by colorful borders by Indulgy…

what is not to love about this embroidered entry from My Garden Journal…

My Garden Journal - April

which reminded me of a recent addition to my garden library…

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If you have not seen this book then I highly recommend it.  The author, Caroline Zoob, lived at Monk’s House for over a decade.  She and her husband were tenants of the National Trust and the book is an incredible account of the creation of a garden.

Caroline is a trained opera singer, embroiderer and homewares designer.

I love her garden embroidery…

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 The garden rooms at Monk’s House were recreated with her needle and thread and photographs of each are included in the book…

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Chestina’s entries give a real glimpse into her life as a gardener and served to keep her garden alive for all of us!

I am going to dive in and begin – I am not sure yet what form this journal will take but that is just part of the journey…

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  1. Leslie Dement Cox says:

    Marsha, yet again you lead me to a door (Caroline Zoob) that I did not know existed. Can’t wait to explore this one, too! Thank you for sharing more “goodies” in YOUR very special and delightful way, as always.

    • says:

      I think that you will really enjoy the entire story of Virginia Woolf’s garden and Caroline’s journey as well – only made better by her beautiful embroidery! Thanks for reading!

  2. What a beautiful idea. I like to think about the joy someone will have reading my journal years down the line, just like you have with Chestina’s journal of her garden. Many blessings on this endeavor.

    • says:

      Thanks! I will let you all know how it is going as soon as I figure out exactly how I am going to do this!

  3. Ingrid taylor says:

    Been so busy and it’s nice to finally sit down and what a great door you opened, I want the book!!!!

    • says:

      I know you have been having fun with the new baby, can’t wait to see pictures and catch up! The book is awesome!

  4. Great post Marsha and timely! I have been looking at my garden beds coming in recently, wondering about the plants without a tag and wishing I had kept a journal. The beds were planted last summer. I plan to have meticulous notes this summer. You just gave me plenty of inspiration, thank you!

    • says:

      Thanks for reading and so happy to be providing some inspiration! We will have to re-visit this topic in a year or so and see what we have accomplished. I think it will make a real difference in our gardens!

  5. Sandy McKellar says:

    Delightful and inspiring! I have never journaled, but just might dive in myself! Thank you for sharing!

    • says:

      I am trying to practice what I preach and will hopefully show some results of that soon!