Setting Thesaurus Entry: Garden

Sight

sunshine, glittering leaves, dew, grass, weeds, flowers indigenous to climate (roses, lilies, hydrangeas, cacti, wildflowers, daisies, blazing stars, marigolds, cone flowers, sunflowers, lung wort, etc), sun-dappled, pools of water, wet leaves, damp steps/stepping stones/walkways, water hose, sprinkler, tomato plants, ripe or green tomatoes, pea vines, frilly carrot tops, hill ed potatoes, tall corn stalks, bright lettuce greens, spiky onion tops, raspberry bushes, strawberry plants with delicate white flowers, bees, beetles, ants, slugs, caterpillars, ladybugs, butterflies, moths, spiders, spiderwebs, small snakes, earthworms, rot, decay, discolored leaves, holes in foliage leaves, mulch, bark, compost bin, rich black soil, cracked soil, sun-baked, wilted stalks, withered plants, stone bench, fire pit, wandering pathways, archways, hedges, climbing vines, creeping ground cover, apple/pear/cherry/peach/orange/etc trees, fishpond, bird bath, rolling lawn, birdhouses, birds, birdseed scatter beneath a feeder, empty sunflower seeds, wasp nests, bird poop, garden shed, garden tools (hoe, rake, pruning shears, shovel, gardening gloves, lawn mower, etc), fertilizer, bright colors, water rainbows from misting sprinklers in the sun, bistro table and chairs, awning, trellises covered in flowers, moss, electronic water fountain, pruned, wild, encroaching, overrun, thicket, brambles, thistle, unkempt

Sounds

a running sprinkler, lawnmower, the snip of shears, the hum of bees, bird calls, skittering squirrels or mice, the flutter of wings, squawking over space in the water bath or bird feeder, wind through the leaves, rustling, soughing, howling, the crackle of lighting from a summer storm, hail smattering against the eaves or walking path, sawing through leaves & bending stalks, pattering rain, flicking leaves, the tic of dead leaves being stirred up by wind, water dripping off the leaves, crickets, frogs, laughter, dog barking, the chuck sound of a shovel or hoe being thrust into the dirt, digging, the squeak of a half-open gate shaken by wind

Smells

Pungent tomato vines, sweet flower perfume, mint leaves, fresh mown grass, damp earth, the tang of ozone before or after a storm, fresh grown herbs, gasoline/exhaust from a mower or rototiller, onions, ripe fruit or berries, warm earth, dust, mouldering compost/mulch, rotting vegetables, charcoal and smoke from a burning barrel, rain, crisp frost, the chemical smell of fertilizer

Tastes

fresh flavorful vegetables, sweet & juicy fruit and berries, sour or not-quite-ripe apples or tart berries, woody or mealy apples, bland taste of chewing on a stalk of grass, honeysuckle flowers, mint leaves or other edible leaves, rain or snow on the tongue, crunchy sweet apples, pungent chives or onions, dirt from an unwashed carrot pulled straight from the ground, fresh herbs, spicy radishes

Touch

Leaves that feel saw-edged, felty, smooth, rough, sticky, wilted, dry, papery; squeezing a tomato or melon for ripeness, the slight give of ripe fruit, dirt under the nails, muddy hands, cold damp soil, dry & dusty soil, crumbly fertilizer, cold water against skin, water mist, the sharp pinch of a bee sting, the weight of heavy root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc), the 'give' of a weed (instant loss of force during the pulling of it), satin petals, slimy mulch, the cool shade, the hot relentless sunlight, a welcome cool breeze against sweat,

Helpful hints:

--The words you choose can convey atmosphere and mood.

Example 1: The garden was more brown than green: leafless branches, skeletal twigs, dead leaves for ground cover. A stale breeze stirred the detritus, filling the garden with the smell of decay and providing the only sound. No insects hummed, not a single bird sang. Even the noise of my footsteps sank quietly into the dusty ground.

Example 2: I surveyed my nephew's garden plot with awe. Bean vines choked the tomatoes. I smelled turnips but couldn't find them. Likely, they were hiding under the mass of weeds in the corner. Something squished under my shoe: a pile of moldy manure. I wiped my foot on the base of a crippled corn stalk and wondered if I had wandered into a garden or a mad scientist's lab experiment.


--Similes and metaphors create strong imagery when used sparingly.

Example 1: (Simile) Raindrops splatted into the soil like blood dripping from a mortal wound.

Example 2: (Metaphor) The tree rose tall and regal at the garden's center, a queen surrounded by her humble subjects.

6 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, gals! Another perfect, useful entry!

Angela said...

Thanks, PJ!

keri mikulski :) said...

Like how you did this.. I'm always looking for different ways to say the same thing while I write. Great post. :)

Angela said...

Thanks for stopping in Keri!

Joseph Williams said...

I'm loving these thesaurus entries. Good idea and very helpful.

Becca said...

Glad you're finding them useful, Joseph :).

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