Have you lost your color and hope?
Is your inner pain a secret to be kept in the shadows?
Has the garden of your soul wept and dried up beyond repair?
Could it flourish again with a wee bit of attention?
Does nature have the potential to restore ‘joy’ in thy soul?
A simple choice to reveal your pain, brought others to help you laugh again.
Listen for the knocking on the door …
A still small voice whispers “Follow Me” just choose to trust and say “Yes!”
“Come and pull the weeds, your soul has needs,
Enroll others to cut back the dreadful whining,
water the soul seed of truth – “you are loved!”
Mistress Mary, once quite contrary….NOW, how does your garden grow?
Copyright 2017 by Barbara Alley Hoyle. All rights reserved.
Inspired by ….
The Secret Garden is an old timey story originally entitled “Mistress Mary” and it was first published in 1911 by Francis H. Burnett. This children’s tale was first published as a magazine series in 1910 which featured a neglected child who lived in India with her wealthy British parents. Mary Lennox is raised by servants who deny her nothing. Her parents die of a cholera epidemic and eventually Mary travels to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald Craven in Yorkshire, England. The Misselthwaite Manor was a cold, bleek and isolated castle in the midst of dreary moors and a massive maze of hedges. Mary discovers an overgrown, secret garden. With the help of a 12 year old boy named Dickon, the secret oasis is restored. Mary is challenged by the possibility and she begins to flourish behind the garden’s hidden door. Mary also uncovers who was creepily crying at night. It was her crippled cousin Colin. She takes Colin in his wheelchair to the garden where he learns to walk again. In the end Colin astonishes his widowed father when he walks in the garden. The authoress lived in Kent, England at Maythem Hall from 1898 to 1907. Frances spun The Secret Garden from her own experience. Frances discovered an old walled garden dating from 1721 sadly overgrown and neglected. She began restoring the earth by planting hundreds of roses. She set up a table and chair in the gazebo, and dressed always in a white dress and large hat, she wrote a number of books in the peace and tranquility of her scented secret garden. Below is a picture of Maythem Hall.