I enjoy our home. I find it peaceful and relaxing. I'm surrounded by things I love...family, plants, things that make me happy. Here is a sampling.
Step out my back door and you will find a mini garden. Included in the garden is my pot of herbs and my little "HERBS" sign.
|"She wished she had a little yellow house of her own, with a flower box full of real flowers and herbs"|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Francesca Lia Block (Violet & Claire)
On the stoop by the back door is a pot of vibrant red geraniums. I love them because they are so old fashioned.
|"Eat moonshine pie. Drink wild geranium tea. Run naked in the rain."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Ellen Kort
Growing in my little garden, among other things, are squash plants. The blooms were so yellow. But, alas, no squash ever actually appeared.
Close to the squash is a bush. I really don't know what it is called, but the blooms were so fragrant.
|"We have enough popularity; we need more purity."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Margaret Nadauld
Walking up the drive, towards the road and the front of the house is a magnolia tree close to the side of our house. It is a young tree. Tall and slender. And it produced some pure white flowers.
|"when the soft fragrance of magnolias hung in the air, my heart would swell without warning..."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Haruki Murakami
Continue walking down the drive, right past the magnolia, and you will find a birch tree. With several trunks. Nestled in the trunks is my gnome.
|"Muggles have garden gnomes, too, you know, Harry told Ron as they crossed the lawn. "|
¸.•*´¨`♥ J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
This little gnome is forever watching between the leaves of an ivy plant hanging in the tree.
|"She lingered in that charming little garden to say hello to the gnomes, such a glorious infestation!"|
¸.•*´¨`♥ J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
On the opposite side of our house, the side that has a fence, you can see this jar of seaglass in the window...catching the morning sun.
|"...and broadening bands of gold where the sunlight spread deeper..."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ R. O. Hennings
I said there was a fence. Which is OK...it has many bushes and trees about it. So it looks so natural. I have some windows in the great room that look out on this fence. So I naturalized it a bit more by hanging wire planters with the coconut web liners. In these planters, I planted some shade loving ferns. Here is one planter catching the early morning sun.
|"These woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Robert Frost
In the back, there is a small parking area. Usually it has my car there. Since Nikki has moved here, I've made space for her scooter.
|"Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Margeret Shepard
The backyard is a little Eden. Full of trees.
|"In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Cormac McCarthy
|"Because you don't notice the light without a bit of shadow."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Libba Bray
Our garage has a little shed attached to it. By the shed door lives a toad house. To the best of my knowledge, a toad has never resided in it. I have hope.
|"I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer ..."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ John Steinbeck (East of Eden)
Hanging on the shed wall, beside the door, is a little wreath. It is purple. It makes me feel light-hearted.
|"...how can you dismiss purple? Celi, call Nom back and tell him of my need for purple!"|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Shannon Hale (River Secrets)
That concludes a mini tour of our yard. Just a bit of this. A bit of that.