A forest in my garden

Une forêt dans mon jardin

English version below the picture

Un ami a commenté mon entrée précédente sur la réunion de famille photographiée dans ma cour. Il a dit que la cour serait mieux avec quelques petits arbres dans des conteneurs
Cela m’a donné une idée : Montrer tout le jardin et même une partie du potager
En effet après le début de la cour qui est pavée on trouve une pelouse
Ce matin Janine a pris une photo de moi marchant dans la pelouse pour rejoindre une chaise de jardin plus loin, près des arbres regroupés dans une sorte de bois au bout .

// Photo Janine Fauquet 01/06/22

A friend commented on my previous entry about the family reunion photographed in my backyard. He said the yard would be better with some small trees in containers
This gave me an idea: Show the whole garden and even part of the vegetable garden
Indeed after the beginning of the courtyard which is paved we find a lawn
This morning Janine took a photo of me walking in the lawn to reach a garden chair further, near the trees grouped together in a kind of wood at the end !

Mon ami voulait des arbres : en voici . Autour de moi assis sur la chaise se trouvent un grand if, un noyer qui a été étêté et qui est le refuge des petits écureuils roux, des symphorines ,
deux pommiers , un néflier et un cognassier , un grand sophora du japon et une aubépine rose . En face de moi se trouvent des lilas et une vigne . J’ai vraiment l’impression d’être dans une forêt. J’aime être assis là et quand il pleut je contemple les arbres tout à mon aise depuis un abri proche..

Sat in the “forest” Assis dans la “forêt”

My friend wanted trees: here are some. Around me sitting on the chair, we see a big yew tree, a walnut tree which has been pollarded and which is the refuge of little red squirrels, snowberries,
two apple trees, a medlar and a quince trees, a large Japanese sophora tree and a pink hawthorn . In front of me are lilacs and a vine. I really feel like I’m in a forest.
I like to sit there and when it rains I contemplate the trees quite comfortably from a shelter.

Puis , passant sous une arche formé par des pommiers qui autrefois étaient taillés en cordon , j’atteint une deuxième chaise, près d’un poirier en bordure du potager . .
Là je ressens une sensation d’espace . Mon regard flotte sur les arbres des voisins et sur le ciel. Mon esprit s’évade et je rentre dans une sorte de méditation et dans la prière.
Le potager lui-même n’est plus comme autrefois puisque depuis Mars je ne peux plus travailler . Ma femme Janine , aidée par ceux de nos enfants qui le peuvent, Pierre , Isabelle , Véronique , et Thierry D
se transforme en jardinière. On cultive pommes de terre , persil, haricots verts , betteraves rouges, choux et fraises etc… C’est toujours merveilleux de voir les végétaux sortir de terre,
croître et se transformer. Une vraie bénédiction .

a the edge of the vegetable garden . En bordure du potager

Then, passing under an arch formed by apple trees that used to be trimmed into a cordon, I reached a second chair, near a pear tree on the edge of the vegetable garden. .
There I feel a feeling of space. My gaze floats on the neighboring trees and on the sky. My mind escapes and I go into a kind of meditation and prayer.
The vegetable garden itself is no longer like it used to be since since March I can no longer work. My wife Janine, helped by those of our children who can, Pierre, Isabelle and Véronique, Thierry D, turns into a planter. We grow potatoes, parsley, green beans, red beets, cabbage and strawberries etc… It’s always wonderful to see the plants coming out of the ground, growing and transforming. A real blessing.

Enfin, au bout du potager se dresse un cerisier majestueux. Début juin, les cerises mûrissent. Nous avons fait un contrat avec les oiseaux et les anges : toutes les cerises du haut du sapin sont pour eux et celles du bas sont pour nous ! 🙂 . Au pied de cet arbre, un poirier rabougri parvient à survivre et à produire,
Et nous voyons aussi l’estragon, les hémérocalles, le sceau de Salomon, les framboises, les ronces et les campanules. On dirait la diversité d’un sous-bois.

Comme vous pouvez le constater, nous avons visité 3 parties de notre terrain et les nombreux arbres et autres plantes nous parlent et nous inspirent.

The cherry tree le cerisier

Finally, at the end of the vegetable garden, a majestic cherry tree is standing . At the beginning of June the cherries are ripening. We made a contract with the birds and the angels: all the cherries at the top of the tree are for them and those at the bottom are for us! 🙂 .
At the foot of this tree, a stunted pear tree manages to survive and produce,
and we also see tarragon, daylilies, Solomon’s seal, raspberries, brambles and bellflowers. It looks like the diversity of an undergrowth.

As you can see we have visited 3 parts of our land and the many trees and other plants speak to us and inspire us.

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114 Responses to A forest in my garden

  1. It’s lovely to have a quiet spot to sit in your garden.

  2. I’ve always admired your garden. I like the contract with the birds for the cherry tree.

  3. slmret says:

    The green of your garden is a very relaxing color — what a lovely place to sit and meditate!

  4. wissh says:

    Hi Michel, it sounds like an excellent contract, I hope the birds stick to their end. I loved touring your garden, great pics by Janine. Is it a little bittersweet enjoying the peace and prayer there without being able to get in there digging and getting your hands dirty? I’m glad the kids can help you and remember your magnificent gardens from many years.
    Stay well. Love, Christine ❤️

  5. Caro says:

    C est vrai qu on a du mal à penser que vous êtes en ville …une richesse inestimable quand on aime la nature comme vous deux …..on vous souhaite une bonne soirée et on vous embrasse bien fort Carole

  6. sherazade says:

    Caro Michel Quello che tu descrivi con tanta precisione e poesia È un vero e proprio paradiso terrestre.
    Io che vivo a Roma città ho il privilegio di avere un piccolo giardino Che curo con amore e l’aria e I profumi del gelsomino in fiore Mi infondono serenità
    Un caro abbraccio🌻🌼🌹

  7. What a beautiful garden with such variety, Michel! I am so glad you and your hat are still having adventures together! 🙂 You are King of the garden! 🙂
    So glad you have garden-helpers who put in time and work to help create such a lovely peaceful place to sit, think, meditate, and just be. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…Ha! on the Cherry Tree Contract! That made me laugh! 😀 You are a blessing to the angels AND the birds! 👼🐦

    • The king of the garden ! This is too much elogious, Carolyn! 🙂 I am in fact a retired gardener enjoying to be there as you write ! 🙂
      Glad the contract pleased you ! ❤

  8. Michel, what a lovely place to stroll or to sit! 🙂 Plenty of sunshine and plenty of shade. Very peaceful!
    I am glad your children are there to help with the garden. and to spend time together. The vegetables sound delicious and healthy! You and Jeanine have a lovely summer!
    Love ❤
    Cheryl

  9. What a beautiful garden! A truly beautiful place for prayer and meditation. A wonderful post my friend.

  10. blb1 says:

    I was sitting here smiling as I knew of your garden. 🙂

  11. atagrandma says:

    I am so glad you are still able to enjoy your beautiful garden. I can’t do as much as I would like outdoors. Yesterday some friends came over and helped me by weeding and planting my little vegetable garden. I also have some vegetable in pots on my deck. It is good to sit and think and say thanks in a garden.

  12. murisopsis says:

    Michel! The garden and the surrounding yard are wonderful! I an a little jealous of your quince tree and the cherries and pears! I always wanted fruit trees but nothing flourishes amid the black walnut trees. I hope the garden produces and you and Janine can enjoy the bounty this winter!!

  13. Marlaine says:

    You have such a big lot!! I no longer have any that is mine…but I am happy I don’t have to garden 🙂
    Nice to see you – I hope you’re keeping well 🙂

  14. Susan Joos says:

    I love your garden and “forest”! What a wonderful refuge. Such a diversity of plants and trees makes a lovely whole. When I was growing up we had a cherry tree but the birds made no sharing contracts! It was my job (and joy) to pick the cherries if there were any to be picked, and we would take them to my grandmother, who would make a pie with them.

    I could wish to have as much privacy as you; instead, I often have to listen to neighbors singing karaoke (badly) on their deck, and other neighbors being boisterous in their pool, while trying to enjoy our birds and the sound of the little waterfall in our tiny pond. Moments of peace can be rare here.

    I am so glad you find a peaceful haven in your own back yard!

  15. neilc693 says:

    Un jardin vraiment merveilleux ! Tu as assez d’espace pour le jardinage spécialisé dans zones discrétes.
    Si j’avais un grande jardin comme le tien, j’essaierais de cultiver champignons, fougères, et mousses et hépatiques à l’ombre de ça “petit-bois” là.
    Les graminées ornementales, ces sont aussi favoris du mien. Peut-être un jardin de Poacées interessantes, près du cerisier ou du potager, ne serait pas trop pénible pour toi.
    Or, le plus ambitieusement : une flaque d’eau temporaire artificielle, toute petite, construite et fourni de l’eau usee de la maison, dans le “petit-bois”—ce serait un projet de recyclage domestique très intéressant et ce altérerait l’environ d’une manière intrigante.

    • neilc693 says:

      “petit-forêt” 🙂

    • Thanks for your interesting suggestions, Neil, also for your French writing . I appreciate much.
      In fact , I focused in my post on the trees . But I have also ferns ( polystichum filix mas)) and moss.. .
      About mushroms we got one left here by a forest man : Armillaria mellea . This mushron killed two trees in our lawn and a large part of the hedge. In a far past I knew mushroms of the forest with specialists .
      Sometimes I remain blocked by plants that I knew and teached about in the past . Forgetting !
      Thanks again, Neil.

      • neilc693 says:

        Our respective latitudes seem to be in the same horticultural zone, so we can dream similarly 🙂 It is the “forêt” (and the potager too) that takes hold of my imagination!
        Another home in this neighborhood has old-growth trees on the lot, and the owners have landscaped one entire façade in the shade using ferns and bluebells, and I think also lilies of the valley, which makes very elegant use of the area.
        As biologist/ecologist you know much better than I, though, how a water source is necessary for variety, and introducing it can transform the environs . . . even a tiny vernal puddle would start to attract and sustain visitors that wouldn’t otherwise come, the occasional frog or salamander, say, and vivify and enrich the place !
        It is too bad the arborists spread a pathogenic mushroom in yards. The Armillaria appears to be edible and luminescent, but detrimental overall. Maybe deliberately introducing benign (and delectable) types could help prevent its recolonization.
        If I were you, I would think about a sustainable water feature for the forêt, as a focus for contemplation and bringer of harmony (à la japonais), immediately decorated with mosses and bryophytes, perhaps near to it an artful branch or deadwood (gotten from the arborist) inoculated with various desirable fungi (gotten commercially or from the university agriculture extension), together with a scholar’s stone.
        That would truly be a prayerful area, where both-ways communication with the divine occurs, like at the Catholic Mass, but much simpler—just a מרנאתא expressed through a place where man and the Spirit can both reside !

      • When we arrived here in 1986 we planted some ferns in front of the front facade (which doesn’t get much sun). I just replanted some in the “forest” because it was getting invasive in the front yard.
        I see, Neil, you have a lot of ideas and suggestions. I thank you. It’s good to take. and I can use some .

  16. Julie says:

    Having the privilage of visting your garden , I know how wonderful it is. I love your agreement with the birds about your cherry tree. Being able to sit in your garden most be a great tonic for you 🙂

  17. kmaidy says:

    bonjour Michel,
    tout est beau et bien grand chez vous ! j’aime aussi être entourée d’arbres et de fleurs et une salade, un légume du jardin est un délice ! Ici même sans accord, les oiseaux ne se privent pas de picorer les cerises !
    bises !

    • Nous aimerons bientôt le temps des cerises;,Maidy comme dit la chanson.” Nous chanterons le temps des cerises le gai rossignol et le merle moqueur ” 🙂

  18. Lavinia Ross says:

    It all looks beautiful, Michel! I am glad you are able to get outside now and spend time among the trees and gardens.

    We have the same agreement with birds about our cherry trees. 🙂

    Much love to you and the family, ❤️
    Lavinia

  19. Kathy Colvin said on FB :
    What wonderful pictures. And I loved your description of every area. It is so peaceful and green and special. Anyone would love sitting in your yard. And you have so many different trees and fruits and such. It’s an inspiring place. Thank you for sharing it. Love, k

    • I appreciate much what a good gardener tells me , Kathy. ❤

    • Annalisa S. says:

      C’est si bon de te voir te promener dans ton bois, Michel ! Je suis heureuse pour ça. Merci d’avoir partagé cette richesse, ça fait du bien à l’âme. J’aurais bien aimé il y a quelques ans venir vous connaître dans votre paradis… Le maudit covid a changé tous nos plans pendant les dernières années, et maintenant je crains qu’il est trop lourd pour mon mari de faire de long voyages… On vieillit, hélas ! Il faut nous résigner.
      Avec mon âme je suis avec toi dans ton beau jardin, et je prie avec toi et pour toi.
      Je vous embrasse tous bien fort.
      Annalisa

      • Maintenant que je peux difficilement me déplacer, Annalisa , j’apprécie d’avoir sur place ce petit bois . Depuis notre salle de séjour j’aime à laisser errer mon regard sur cette rafraîchissante et inspirante verdure . ❤

  20. Wow… Love your Garden, and trees.. Love Walnut trees and Quince.. and it must be so nice on fine days to sit at the edge of your vegetable patch and meditate and relax… I am pleased to read you are getting some help with your gardening…
    I know each year as the planting season starts, we find it more of a struggle as our muscles and knees are no longer as supple..
    We take long rests between working our allotments and lots of flasks of tea or coffee 🙂
    Many thanks Michel for sharing your love of gardening and your trees.. ❤

  21. Carol McKay Harper said on FB.:
    Loved viewing your garden and reading all the types of trees it contains.

  22. Marion says:

    Lovely photos, Michel! Your garden really does look as if you’re in the country side, but I know you live near other homes. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us you in them!! ❤

    • We are priviledgied , Marion , because we live in town .
      In 1986 when we buy the house the garden attracted us . Fortunately because now around us there are many houses and buildings ! ❤

  23. mrswrangler says:

    A beautiful walk. Hope that your garden thrives.

  24. Stephanie says:

    Un très grand jardin et plein de fruits de nature

  25. Annick says:

    je vais repéter ce que mon neveu a dit un jour quand il était petit , “c’est le paradis chez toi”, un bon endroit pour se ressourcer.Amitié Michel.

  26. neilc693 says:

    Ici, il faut y aller au parc de voir telle jardinage ! En plus des sycamores, je remarque les catalpas—mes deux favoris des arbres d’ombrage, ces derniers jours. Autrefois (1950s, 1960s) les catalpas étaient plus largement cultivé, maintenant pas tellement. Sycamores et catalpas, je croire, ils peuvent devenir affligé, mais ils récupèrent aussi, ce qui m’attire.

    • je connais très bien les érables sycomore et ils sont même envahissants dans le jardin avec leur fruits secs munis d’une aile .Par contre je ne connais pas vraiment les catalpas (je vis dans le nord de la France ). Merci, Neil, de me le faire connaître .

      • neilc693 says:

        Il y a un catalpa “nord” qui est originaire de l’Illinois et cultivé dans Chicago au moins, tu es plus nord encore, mais ce pourrait encore viable là. Belles grandes feuilles!

        Voici un question sans rapport: Je lis sur la philosophie grecque, en particulier le “Que sais-je?” livres de poche de Jean Brun. Ta fille, à l’école secondaire, sa bibliothèque possède-t-elle le livre sur le néoplatonisme ? J’ai trouvé les autres de Brun, mais cela est absolument indisponible ici.

      • I am going to transmit to my daughter your question about the neoplatonisme. n Neil . .

      • neilc693 says:

        Merci! At present I am temporarily using an email account different from before: neilsching@yahoo.com

      • Not sure this e.mail address is working ,Neil . I tried it but we get weird things ;

      • neilc693 says:

        I don’t see anything from you (yet) but I have sent & received with others. Unfortunately I don’t have old emails from you on this account to refer to . . . and for now the usual email address is not usable.
        However, I just tried another usually dormant email account, which is the one linked to this wordpress.

  27. D G.Th. said on FB:;
    Fantastic! What a lovely piece of heaven!

  28. Catherine says:

    There used to be a little forest beside my school. But sadly, it is gone now. Land is needed for new housing estates. I’ll try to upload photos of these new buildings soon.

    • The problem, Catherine, is the same in small or large towns in my area. the cultivable lands are invaded by constructions. What will be the basic food in a few years?

  29. equinoxio21 says:

    Quelle merveille de jardin. C’est certainement un immense plaisir. Nous avions une maison en Normandie, dans le Vexin où j’ai passé tous les étés de mon enfance. Puis mes filles. Cerisiers, vieux pommiers, poiriers, pruniers… Quelques framboises… Un endroit merveilleux. Profites-en bien MIchel
    A+

  30. Resa says:

    Cher Michel,

    Such beauty, so much beauty that it makes me think of Monet’s garden.
    Thank you fr showing this. I am inspired!
    Resa xoxo ❤

  31. calmkate says:

    What an absolutely delightful garden, the kind I prefer with a good mix of everything!

    Sorry I missed this post Michel, it didn’t come into my reader so I need to be more watchful 🙂

  32. suester7 says:

    It’s nice to see you enjoying your garden, and I love the part about how the cherries at the top of the cherry tree belong to the birds and angels, while those at the bottom belong to you!

    Hope you get a wonderful harvest this summer!

  33. Wonderful! A forest indeed. What an interesting collection of trees. And though you are no longer able to do the heavy-duty gardening, you still grow an assortment of vegetables, herbs and fruit. Well done to you and Janine!

  34. Atzeni Carlo said on Facebook:
    A forest does not have to be big to be huge. I am sure your forest does have the magic.

  35. neilc693 says:

    J’ai vu le message dans Yahoo mail et j’ai le répondu. Encore merci pour l’aide, j’espere que la bibliothèque de l’école a le livre (et quelqu’un pourrait prendre photos de cellphone des pages).
    L’aujourd’hui on m’a rappelé de deux arbres de plus, Amelanchier et le ginkgo. Ces sont tres ornementale, et principalement utilisé comme tel, mais les fruits sont de bon usage culinaire aussi. Je les planterais si j’avais un grand jardin !
    L’Amelanchier à son tour me rappelle un fruit, inconnu ici, mais comme celui-là cultivé dans Saskatchewan, entre autres lieux, Lonicera caerulea. Si j’avais ton jardin, je les essaierais. Tu devrais aussi—le climat, c’est probablement adapté. Peut-être ils font l’hydromel bon (autre chose que j’aimerais faire). 🙂

  36. J’ ai transmis ta demande à ma fille .She will look after this book in her library next week ( busy week end ).
    Les arbres nous ont rêver . .
    Ton adresse e.mail sur Yahoo fonctionne .
    Je te souhaite un bon week end .

  37. neilc693 says:

    Merci! (I hope I don’t mangle the French too much.) I’m trying to learn more about St. Thomas Aquinas and his thought, and for that the ancients are important.
    En cette saison les arbres non seulement nous ont rêver, mais aussi nous encourager. Quand les problémes menacent de écraser (comme maintenant pour moi) on devrait les chercher.
    In the park here they have a “tree path” consisting of a map showing the locations and types of all the (many) old-growth trees. I must go spend some time there again . . . When I was a boy there was a banyan that I loved to linger at. You will not find that in our latitudes ! 🙂

  38. neilc693 says:

    bientôt il devenira trop chaud et les jours trop courte, ce qui est toujours stressant pour moi physiquement (interfère avec dormir bien—à Hawaii les jours sont uniforme, mon corp n’a jamais été acclimaté à les jours de plein été/plein hiver) et donc mentalement. mais en ce moment les arbres sont en feuille, le temps est encore pas sévère . . . ces choses encouragent, et je ne oublie pas de être reconnaissant . . .

  39. Anne-Marie says:

    Ces belles images de calme au coeur de la verdure nous rappellent ces lectures à haute voix du merveilleux livre de Peter Wohlleben sur le Secret des arbres : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBvE-wATKlU&t=1s Peut-être aimeras-tu comme nous les écouter. Il y a 36 épisodes en tout.

    Amitiés
    Anne-Marie & Johann

  40. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    To be able to sit under tress or be surrounded by them is a blessing. I would love to sit there and read 🙂 That is a lovely contract with birds and the angels 🙂

  41. With all that beauty around I understand why you want to soak it up like rain drops. Wishing many days to enjoy all the memories and loveliness! ❤️

  42. Julie Hamilton says:

    “We made a contract with the birds and the angels: all the cherries at the top of the tree are for them and those at the bottom are for us! ” I love that, Michel! I need to make a similar contract with the birds regarding our blackberry bushes. We have been in our home for ten years and have planted apple, peach, pear, cherry, and fig trees with limited success. The blackberries do very well, and so does the rhubarb and the asparagus. We’ve not had much success with blueberries or grapes. The elderberry bushes are enormous. Your garden is beautiful and reflects many years of love and hard work. It is good to see you in these pictures. ❤
    Love,
    Julie

    • I am so glad to read you, Julie . A big thanks .
      You have a beautiful garden with many trees and perenials . Do you use rhubarbe to make confiture ?
      Love ❤
      Michel

  43. Alex Tse (she/her) says:

    Janine est bonne comme photographe. Le jardin est magnifique!

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