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Wind Chimes for the Garden

photo by karen martelWhen we moved into our home almost 20 years ago, my brother-in-law and his wife presented us with a gift of brass wind chimes that we hung indoors at our kitchen window. With our winters so severe and our summers oppressive, we open this window in the spring and summer months only. That is when the breezes stimulate the chimes and send me into a state of nirvana; the effect is that relaxing. Such moments of serenity are rare. Although we live in a residential neighborhood, we are surrounded by a large, fast-paced city. Serenity is not commonplace here. That is why, when Karen Martel of DragonWindChimes contacted me and asked if I would mention her product, Garden Chimes, in my blog, I responded with a quick yes. That is unusual for me.

photo by karen martel.At least once a week, I am contacted by an entrepreneur asking if I would accept delivery of a product in order to mention it in my blog. I usually refuse. Any item which I recommend to my readers is one that I have purchased on my own or have plans to acquire. To write about an article I do not use or disapprove of, is dis- honest. Furthermore, it is disrespectful to my readers. I inform them about a product, or post a link for its purchase, only when I believe it has merit.

Of course, I understand that the sound of chimes made expressly for the garden will not improve anyone's gardening skills. Flowers will not grow better or become happier. However, the sound of wind chimes will make me feel better and it is I who will become happier. In a way, this is a product for the garden in my mind.

photo by karen Martel.The chime maker’s website informs us that:-Wind chimes have been used since ancient times when the Chinese used them in their homes to regulate the Chi (energy) flowing around them.  Chimes are uplifting, protect and repel negative energies.  They are used in Feng Shui to help with the directional energies in a home, helping stagnant areas flow more evenly, repelling negative energies and can warn you of intruders! Some Westerners may not appreciate the concepts of Chi or Feng Shui but those that do will understand how the application of these concepts helps to improve our experiences in the physical spaces we inhabit.

photo by karen martel.The wind chimes are handcrafted using stained glass, crystal chips and glass beads. Prices range from $15 to $40. I plan to hang one on the lilac tree that grows beneath my bedroom window. That way I can combine fragrance and soothing sound and, perhaps, even moderate the continuous gurgling of the waterfall that emanates from the swimming pool next door. Although I have yet to place my order for garden chimes, I thought  that, with the gift-giving season coming soon, it is worth mentioning now.

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Reader Comments (7)

Allan, I was never a fan of windchimes because it seemed like they were always too loud. It wasn't until my husband received a gift from a client that I changed my mind. She is a dog lover and when she heard that our dog had passed away she sent a gift of a copper dog with the chimes on the bottom. It has developed a green patina and gives off a lovely soft chime. It not only reminds us of our previous pet but, like you said, itis a garden in the mind.


October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

I love windchimes!! These are some lovely choices. Fun how you've color coordinated them!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimberly

Alan, I so enjoy the tinkling of chimes in the gardens and windows. Their songs do take one into a different space within a space. Very lovely photos and wind chimes by Karen. Thank you for your very generous and kind comment. ;>)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolflowerhill

I love wind chimes too, and have a number of different types, from the 'tubular bells' type to an iron triangle bell made on Brier Island to three inexpensive iron bells from a dollar store that have been out all year for at least 3 years. Oh, and a very cool set made out of silverware by a local artisan. Among others. The big ones come in about this time of year, so as to preserve their wooden top and the strings. But I think I may have to drop a large hint to my sister that I'd like one of these. I also like your way of thinking when it comes to being approached by entrepreneurs. I tend to be exactly the same way--if I like something, I will recommend it. If I haven't used it, don't plan to buy it, or have had a negative experience--I will not be recommending something.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjodi (bloomingwriter)

I LOVE wind chimes! I have several different types and am always am on the lookout for another. I still remember the first one I ever saw as a child. It had frosted glass prisms with pastel flowers painted on them; it made a delightful tinkling sound that i was sure was fairy music.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdebsgarden

Hi Allan, I like your Innovative way about wind chimes. I'll too apply the same.
Thanks My site is related to Flower gardening . I like to add such creativity.

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPearl Jolie

Garden is my favorite place to relax and the melodious sound of these wind chimes make the feel of the garden.

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshleywatson

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