Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Ramblings -Ode to Joy

How many libraries do you know that have their own garden?

We have a library on the edge of downtown Binghamton, New York.  Just outside the entrance is a garden.  There is a church across the street with a carillion.  As we entered the garden, it was playing a song.

"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"! my friend exclaimed.
"Beethoven's Ode to Joy!", I replied.

We were both right.

The first thing we saw was a rose with three different colored flowers.  I've seen two differently colored flowers on a rose plant - but three?
The hydrangeas are coming into bloom.
Here's a close up.

The hostas are finishing up.  Here's what they looked like at the beginning of July.
And finally, also from earlier this month, the library day lillies.

The garden has a gazebo, and a picnic bench.  One day I may just bring my lunch out there.
After I got home, I looked up the lyrics to the hymn my friend heard. It ends:
"Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music lifts us sunward
in the triumph song of life."
Perfect music for enjoying a garden.

Do you know of another library that has a garden?


  1. The hymn words are so beautiful, aren't they?
    Those flowers are magnificent looking- wow!

  2. A nice, cheery, colourful and uplifting post. Pretty flowers.

  3. What lovely pictures. Your post made me homesick, too. I spent my late childhood and all of my teenage years in the Syracuse area. Upstate New York is such a beautiful area.

  4. Jefferson Market Library in Manhattan has a gorgeous garden adjacent to it (maintained by a separate organization, though) - try this link -

  5. I haven't had the pleasure of visiting a library that has a garden. What a beautiful setting to find new books for your reading list!

  6. Flowers can make me calm specially their scent. Great photos

  7. Mmmm! Our patio is full of beautiful flowers too and we have a hydrenga bush in our front garden.
    You take such beautiful pictures!


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