What is a Garden? (4)

For the past few Thursdays I have been quoting from my eBook Guess What’s in My Garden!, sharing excerpts from the article which suggests different ways one can view ones garden. Here is just another perspective.

“A garden is a music hall full of lyrical notes from the bird section, a duet by a wren and a mockingbird, the staccato beat of a woodpecker, the rhythm of a cawing crow, the high wail of a hawk, the zzzz of the busily buzzing bumblebees, the soft drone of a gnat close to my ear, the tinkle of chime and bell, the clash of thunder from a passing storm, the sweet song of a train whistle in the distance, the hum of chirping crickets, a bass note from a fat frog, the burble of a fountain. And every seventeen years there’s a guest appearance by the Cicada Oratorio that adds a low hum as a counterpoint to the entire ensemble.”


The Phrog Philharmonia

What sounds do you hear in your garden?


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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8 Responses to What is a Garden? (4)

  1. Christina says:

    In summer there’s bees; their low level hum IS the sound of summer. Cicadas are the sound of HEAT, they can be almost deafening when we have a very hot summer.


  2. johnvic8 says:

    I left out the part about leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and chain saws:)

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  3. I hear endless birds, and occasionally our rooster and the chickens, bees and the lawn mower. Funnily enough I posted about our garden today, we actually have been working in it for the first time this winter, it feels so good to be out there again.


  4. Cathy says:

    Bees – a real hum when the lavender first opens! And grasshoppers, which can be really loud if it is a dry summer. Birds too – the woodpeckers ‘laugh’ as they fly across the garden, and the jays or magpies bicker among themselves. 🙂

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  5. susurrus says:

    I’m always fascinated by the sounds in my sweetheart’s garden in Mississippi. Day or night it’s completely different from an English garden. I’ve learned to listen out for the chirping noise hummingbirds make and to know an evening chirp is actually some kind of gecko. The strangest noise was probably a hoot owl which awoke me and set my imagination racing.


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