Every morning I start my day in a new garden. Sometimes they're located in the next state, sometimes on the other side of the globe. All my visits are courtesy of photographer Mick Hales and his lush little book, "Gardens Around the World: 365 Days." Despite being originally published in 2003, which is when I bought my copy, it's still in print and available from from Amazon.
The book is a calendar with a double page spread for each day of the year. On the left is the name, location and a description of the garden shown on the righthand page. The gardens pictured in the book are arranged alphabetically. I'm currently in the midst of the "b" gardens which continue until mid-February. I've been to the Alhambra, the Bagatelle, Barnsley House and Ballymaloe to name a few. Sometimes there's only one image of the garden, other are featured for a few days.
I used this unusual calendar for the first few years after I bought it. Then I put it away and took a break for a couple of years. That way, when I pulled it out again, the gardens would seem new and exiciting. The book sits on the edge of the kitchen counter where I see it each morning. The years it's in storage, I use the 365 Days in the Met Picture-a-Day calendar, from the Metroplitan Museum of Art. Both beautiful ways to start the day.