One of the rituals I have for my gardens is not being in them, but becoming more connected to them through a visual garden tour from my favorite windows.
I like to get up early (particularly in summer, when the sun is up with me), grab my cup of coffee and stand gazing out at my yard. It fills me with the joy of a new day right off the bat and gives me an idea and a hopeful feeling of what the day might be. I almost feel like a princess, waiting for the prince to show up, waiting to see how the morning sunlight will change each of my gardens as it creeps across the yard.
To the west I can see my large vegetable garden and the park bench by the rock garden (which I call Pooh Corner, because it is a thinking place). Beyond that is the llama pen, where a cloud of dust tells me the boys are starting their day with a nice roll in the dirt. I spend most of my time looking northward, because our neighbors have 300 acres and it is an expansive view. I am drawn to wide-open spaces.
This window also looks directly out at my bird feeder, from which the other early risers often give me the gift of music. Beyond that is the smaller vegetable garden, with an attached chicken run and coop. I can see my girls are ready to start their day as well. They are up with the sunlight like me. I am filled with wonder, I am humbled and I feel blessed. What a great way to start the day.