Friday, March 1, 2013

The Borrowed Landscape

Well you've done it again with the comments and something in Kristi's comment totally grabbed my attention. She mentioned *the borrowed landscape* and immediately my mind went leaping and skipping all over the place, much in the way we use our neighbors' lawn as our own, with permission, of course.

A Reminder of Summertime

How often commenters have exclaimed over "my" beautiful lawn!

I am reposting something from several years back (January 17, 2009)  because it perfectly complements this concept of "borrowed landscape."

My question for the day: Do you knowingly incorporate your neighbor's landscape?




My Neighbor's Roses

The roses upon my neighbor's vine
Are owned by him, but they are also mine;
His was the cost, and his the labor, too,
But mine as well as his the joy, their loveliness to view.

They bloom for me, and are for me as fair
As for the man who gives them all his care.
Thus I am rich, because a good man grew
A rose-clad vine for all his neighbors' view.

I know from this that others plant for me,
And what they own, my joy may also be;
So why be selfish, when so much that's fine
Is grown for you, upon your neighbor's vine?


~Abraham Gruber

This little poem comes from this book discovered by John at the local flea market for a pittance. The book is loaded with wisdom and I've enjoyed every page.



I find My Neighbor's Roses so meaningful because it very nearly perfectly explains how I feel about so many blogs...each one a life shared. I don't own the beautiful homes nor the rooms that fill them; no, nor the treasures that fill the rooms, but they are still somehow mine because they have been shared. Makes me feel like sharing, too.

Can you believe that another week has passed and that the weekend is here? Enjoy this day and your weekend...

Love Vee

44 comments:

  1. Awww - such a beautiful sentiment and poem Vee! You share so much warmth and laughter on your blog and I'm blessed by your pictures and stories! Thank YOU for sharing your talents. Yes - enjoy this first weekend of March. Today is 3.1.13 and since #3 and #13 are my favourite numbers, it's bound to be a good one!?

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  2. Your photographs today are so gorgeous, and such a welcome sight. Our snow is all dirty and ugly form the rain and I much prefer looking at your post this morning. Yes, I borrow my neighbor's landscape all the time. His home sits on the hill behind my gazebo, and it truly is the most glorious home on the block. I love looking up at it from my windows, and his staircase cascading down his hill seems to connect to ours. He has so many beautiful rock walls with lovely landscaping. When I photograph our backyard, many times you will see his lovely home in the background up on the hill.

    Karen

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  3. Yes, I used to use my neighbor's lawn when I had my own home.

    The poem is lovely!

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  4. Vee, I love your shared lawn photo. It is really a pretty space with those beautiful maple trees in a row. When we had our dog, Marshall, living with us (he's at our son's now) we felt we shared our neighbours lawns and yards and every shrub with them. Ha! He would make his daily rounds checking everything out and marking 'his' territory. I'm sure they are happy he isn't here to do that now although they said they never minded. We have great neighbours on one side!! The one on the other side didn't appreciate Marshall's mark on his garage or doorstep!! I also take photos of and from my neighbour's yard and garden as it's much prettier than mine. So we do share, in a sense. I enjoyed the poem you shared today and I always enjoy your humour and wit very much. Blessings to you today. Hugs, Pam

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  5. I feel like my blogging friends are my neighbors. We share things over a cup of tea -- fun things and good things and sad things and .... things...... I love old books and this one certainly looks like a great find -- lovely poem. Getting the spring itch!?!!!!!

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  6. Loved the poem and your thoughts here! Enjoy your week-end Vee!

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  7. What a wonderful poem. I use miles and miles of neighbors land as my view. I never thought of it as borrowed landscape, but now I will. I now realize I need to appreciate them all more...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  8. "Do you knowingly incorporate your neighbor's landscape?"

    Yes, when I take photos, across my son's next-door-lawns (front and back)... And my daughter's next-to-his front lawn. But with the fence in the back, it's obvious which is ours and which is his. Even in the front, there is a small fence, separating our flower bed, from his lawn.

    And I suppose that in the back of our house, I use neighbor's trees, in my photos. Again, since there is an obvious fence, it's obvious that not all those trees, are on our property.

    :-)

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  9. those roses are gorgeous - how long does your yard stay green? is it the grass or fertilizer you use?

    i guess i sort of understand your comment but i'm questioning it because ins't that sort of trespassing on their land or yard? unless you have permission? i guess it would be ok if you are friends & are on talking terms with your neighbors.

    Joyce Meyer would say - if you don't have a fence then you have no room to talk. if you don't want your neighbors, dogs or whatever in your yard - you need a fence. ( :

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    1. Views cannot be totally removed by fences, can they? Yes, one definitely needs permission to actually "use" a neighbor's lawn, which I am happy to say we have. Wonderful neighbors!

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  10. WHat a sweet poem! And what a sweet thought about sharing in everyone else's blog and their lives. That's what connects us and draws us to do things like meet in person! Yes, I've enjoyed and claimed many beautiful views and photos and ideas for my own. Never looked at it this way - thanks to John for finding that scrapbook and that poem!!! Have a wonderful day, Vee, enjoying everything around you! If we can see it and feel it, then it's ours!

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  11. "How often commenters have exclaimed over "my" beautiful lawn!"

    Understood! Are you REALLY supposed to say each time, that your land ends, at such-and-such a spot? And your neighbor's land begins, at such-and-such a spot? -sigh-

    If the day comes (in blogging) when every Dear Reader really reads every word we post... Not skimming over words... Then I suppose we *could* say specifics of lawn width.

    But I know I sometimes skim, in reading blogs. I admit it. I'm not proud of it, but I do. And know others skim... Because they ask questions, which were answered, in the post!

    So.................

    I'll stop commenting now, because everyone is skimming this comment by now!!! lol...

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  12. "I find My Neighbor's Roses so meaningful because it very nearly perfectly explains how I feel about so many blogs...each one a life shared."

    A lovely sentiment...

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    1. Thanks, Auntie, reminds me of a quote I saw this morning: I am only responsible for what I say, not what you understand.

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  13. I do use my neighbor's yard and incorporate it into mine. She doesn't have time and loves it that we take care of her yard, too. We mow her lawn, buy and plant her flowers, fertilize and water for her. It would look odd, living in neighboring townhouses, if both didn't look similar. Anyway, she loves that we do it and I thoroughly enjoy having more space to get my hands in the soil.

    The poem doesn't exactly fit our situation and, yet, it does, doesn't it? The blooms on her vines provide me with a great deal of enjoyment.

    I must say, though, that when we're gone our neighbor takes an active part, without us asking her, in helping our housesitter care for our pets. That act of kindness on her part gives back much more than we do for her.

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  14. That is a beautiful way to put it, shared lives!

    I'm happy to share mine with you, glad that you care to spend your time with us!

    Deanna

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  15. When we moved in our house, my neighbor's lawn and garden was breathtaking. She was a Master Gardener. Unfortunately (for them and us), there was a divorce a few years ago and she moved into town. One of those that happens when the youngest child goes off to college.

    Her husband still lives in the house and keeps it all up very nicely but there is no longer the true gardener's touch. He is a scientist-professor, a very logcal sort of person. I wonder quite often if he misses the flowers even more than us.

    My other neighbor that we share the gravel lane with? It's the Red Neck Woman who lives with her long time boyfriend. We like both of them but they decorate with old trucks and clutter.

    That is what it is like when you live in the country.

    Oh, should I consider my neighbor's gorgeous red barn, the one I can see across the County road from my porch? I think I will now that you ask.

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  16. Beautiful Vee!! I think It is wonderful to share your neighbors lawn.. People don't do that here at all.. Our lots are smaller,but I do notice my aunts house in Michigan she shares hers too.. How wonderful for you!!

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  17. I have been known to borrow a couple of flowers, LOL. Yards? No, except for the backyard woods. The forest back there is part of the common area. The lots here are just too teeny tiny here in the villa section to effectively borrow for photography. Also, one side of us is nothing but empty lots - big weed pits. Another weed pit is across the street. On the other side of us, their front yard is well kept, but their back yard is a total disaster zone.

    Now that it is getting more established in the villa section, I was planning to wander around this year with my camera and tripod, "borrowing" more flowers for photo shoots.

    The week is about done. February is in the history books. It's freezing here right now, so I am dreaming of some warmer weather ahead!

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  18. I love the words of the poem..... such a wonderful thought.

    I dont incorporate the neighbors yard into our own because they pay to have theirs maintained and I do ours .... huge difference and it's obvious. LOL Our's looks poor and pitiful compared .....

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    1. You don't see your neighbor's yard and enjoy it?

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  19. Our neighbors don't do much with their gardens so I rarely borrow them but I am thrilled that our favorite neighbor routinely snowblows our driveway when he does his own. They are moving away this month; we are going to miss them for many reasons.

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  20. I do enjoy my neighbors' lawns. The one to our right in particular has a wonderful back yard that I can see through some trees when I'm in ours. It's almost like a little secret garden.

    I don't think anyone likes to share ours. There is nothing special about it. We do try to keep it neat and tidy though.

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  21. Lovely poem!
    Love the quote you used when answering Auntie!
    Since I live in a town house complex there is not much landscape around. But I certainly enjoy all the beautiful yards and gardens I see on my walks. : )

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  22. I do not enjoy my neighbours' yards. We are growing tall hedges on two sides to block out the view there. Behind us, a bachelor keeps his yard ultra-tidy and well-cared for, but it's just plain grass. He has a small vegetable plot against our fence so we can't really see that. But we share strawberry runners, rhubarb roots, and friendly advice.

    On our other side lives a widow who has no interest or ability to care for her yard beyond having the grass mowed. It was the same before her husband passed away. But I know they all enjoy MY yard! One summer my neighbour (the widow) was expecting guests from afar and asked for a bouquet of roses for the guest room. I was honoured to share with her. She does have a grape vine that grows along our fence and we are welcome to help ourselves to the grapes growing there.

    The poem has a lovely sentiment, a reminder perhaps, that God is the ultimate gardener and we just help him along a little, so that we can't say, 'I did this all by myself'.

    Happy First Day of March! Now I'm off to school!

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  23. Love the poem! Your view is so beautiful, those tall wonderful trees all in a row. Now I've seen them covered with snow and now the summer view. I'd claim it too! I am missing the trees in Texas, we did have water view of the lake, but now the houses have filled in. We started out thinking we had moved to the country from Dallas, not anymore. The city has arrive in our small town. Maybe we need to move further out again.

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  24. I would have Never thought about that....since our homes are closer to each other than many in blogland, I guess I do borrow landscape....but if the Lord ever chose to send me to the country with acres of land...I will just "borrow" His!!

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  25. I treasure my little group of bloggy pals. A life shared indeed. And that poem is such a treasure! The summer view was quite refreshing.

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  26. What a great neighbor to have. Our backyard is surrounded by a privacy fence so we don't view our neighbor's yard, which at times can be a good thing. Love the poetry!

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  27. The roses are beautiful, but then, the poem just brightens my day. Daffodils are about ready to bloom and hydrangeas are budding, but it's still rainy here, XOXO

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  28. Our neighbour's yards are just a little too far away to be enjoyed (or not) by us. Love your 'shared lawn' photo. In blogdom...sharing is fair game...and we all feel most neighbourly....peeking over the fence into each others' back yards. I love my blogging neighbourhood!

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  29. Cool Queen Ann architecture, very interesting snow setting, no, I don't borrow my neighbor's yards in my photos because they would not add anything, as yours does.
    Welcome to Pinterest! I joined about a year ago, but never started pinning til a few months ago. Really came in handy for Christmas presents for family - I had a secret board for that.
    It is quite addicting, though. I'm gonna check you out there!

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  30. Nice poem and lovely thoughts about the sharing of lives through blogs.

    The back yard and back 6 I often refer to is ours and gets most of my attention. In front, there is a pasture across the highway that my neighbor owns but I seldom snap photos on that side of the house. Not much to see on the sides.

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  31. PS Isn't it time for another chapter of Sankewi? (pretty please and thank you)

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    1. Good heavens! I keep forgetting that place!

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  32. I think I know what you mean --- and we had a huge backyard until neighbors built a fence and it suddenly shrunk, but now we like it more defined. And we actually share a half a tree. :)

    Have a good weekend!

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  33. In Brooklyn, NY, there wasn't much neighbor's landscape to borrow! We had such a small postage stamp size yard and so did our neighbors and everyone had a high fence. My views here are much more beautiful! I love the poem you shared, and the fanciful name of the book it came from. I love books like that. I wonder, was it a self published collection of quotes and poems collected by "Tony"? Roses are rare here, as the deer will eat them, so I will have to enjoy the wildflowers I find in the hills.
    Have a good weekend, Vee!

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    1. No, Tony was very well known in his day and had several collections of books. We have been able to find two others.

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  34. Hi Vee,

    Missing visiting! Love the poem. I have another edition of Tony's Scrapbook, I think the books were based on a radio program that ran in the 1920's, they are full of all kinds of interesting tidbits. I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend.

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  35. I have no lawn so I could borrow the neighbours but they have 4kids and 2dogs so their lawn is not much chop and no garden at all too much football in the yard.
    Merle....

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    1. ☺ Well, perhaps you can enjoy their treetops or their clouds.

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  36. I borrow other people's gardens to enjoy. I enjoy my neighbor's maple tree when the leaves stay on the tree but I'm really not so happy to have to rake up the majority of her leaves that end up in our yard. I am brainless today. Too much for my brain and body this week...

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  37. Our house had a big wooden fence on one side when we moved in and when we decided to put something up on the other side, I said I wanted wrought iron. No, it wouldn't match but a see through fence gives the illusion of one's yard extending beyond. The yard next door was professionally landscaped but only with flowering shrubs which we wouldn't see if a big, ugly wooden fence had been erected.
    They have a big maple whose branches hang over the iron fence where I have a gravel walkway. I've been pruning it to make a lovely arch. :-)
    As the other gals have already said, my blogging friends are like neighbours too and we like to chat about gardening, family and other things dear to our heart. Many times over a mug of coffee or cup of tea.
    Judith

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