Thursday, May 19, 2011

Where peace begins....in my garden....



"When no one listens to the quiet trees
When no one notices the sun in the pool

Where no one feels the first drop of rain
Or sees the last star

Or hails the first morning
of a giant world
Where peace begins

One bird sits still
Watching the work of God..."


Miniature birdbath:  Katie Brown @ Meijer's


Flowers: Dichondra, Million bells, Lobularia, Trailing verbena


Climbing rose on arbor:  Zepherine Drouhin

 "One turning leaf,
Two falling blossoms,
Ten circles upon the pond..."









Sweet woodruff, Bleeding heart, hosta, peony






North side of house looking east toward back of property


Dwarf Alberda spruce and Catmint lining the brick walk to the deck


"I am under the sky.
The birds are all silent.
But the frogs have begun singing their pleasures in all the waters
and in the warm, green places where the sunshine is wonderful."


Verbena, peonies, and catmint surround the pond


Trailing verbena on vintage bench (eBay)


Pitcher:  Hobby Lobby;  Vintage soda box; dumpster diving


The view from the back of the barn into Apple Meadow


Apple Meadow

"My worship is a blue sky
and ten thousand crickets
in the deep wet hay in the field.

My vow is the silence 
under their song."

~A Book of Hours


{ hugs }




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66 comments:

  1. You have an amazing back yard. It's a WOW. Is that your red barn? That is so cool. What is in there? Is it living space or a real barn? I am looking forward to seeing more pictures of your yard this spring and summer.

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  2. Laurie, everything is beautiful. It looks like it came straight out of a magazine. Oh, how I would love to wander around there and soak everything in. Thanks for sharing...really...thanks.

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  3. Beautiful, full of blooms and God's peace. You have done a wonderful job taking care of His creations.
    Hugs- Tete
    PS- I found peace just taking it all in.

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  4. Seriously, You need to go into the landscaping business! Take it and go to Florida- You will have more business than you can handle. Your yard is amazing. I need to rework my front area in front of my windows so bad...always something to do...and here I sit...blogging! Well, at least I had my dose of eye candy for the night-sure beats looking at MyHero sitting around in his underwear=and I will leave you with THAT visual! Hugs-Diana

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  5. wow, you are truly blessed to live in such a wonderland. I can only dream of being able to wander about in such a place. you are lucky!

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  6. What a beautiful backyard. I love the pics of your animals in the sidebar. So cute!

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  7. Oh, oh! What beautiful gardens ... I need to absorb yours, & go double check mine to see how I can improve them. I so love walking in my gardens/yard to have my precious time with Him, in peace & beauty

    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  8. Are you kidding me? Don't come to my house. You'd be ashamed of MOI! :( I can't grow a thing! I try but ALWAYS FAIL!

    Beautiful!

    xoRebecca

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  9. Oh my goodness Laurie, your yard is sooo beautiful! Look at that barn...I'm feeling pretty jealous of that. What an amazing view you have.

    hugs ♥ tricia

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  10. Oh Laurie, what an absolutely enchanting yard. Fabulous!

    By the way, I received the WONDERFUL giveaway package. Doing a little post on it for Saturday! Thanks a million. You are a #1 Sweetie. Susan

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  11. Hi Laurie,
    All is pretty and peaceful here! Lovin' that Sweet woodruff, I have a bed my dogs tore up! I am trying to rehab it this year:-)
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  12. That is the most beautiful photo of 'Bleeding Hearts'! Your yard is amazing..the grass looks so soft. Thank you for following my blog too.

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  13. What a gorgeous garden Laurie! Your photographs are beautiful...love them all but there is just something special about red barns!
    Hope your weekend is wonderful!
    Cindy

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  14. So pretty !!..happy weekend....love Ria...xxx

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  15. Beautiful garden and lovely post. Thanks for stopping by BC Good Life Wednesdays, Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  16. So beautiful Laurie! I believe you have created heaven on earth!
    hugs,
    paula:)

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  17. What an amazing garden!! It's so beautiful.

    Kathy

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  18. Your land is breathtaking. And is that red barn yours? I know you miss the sea but what is the next best thing...living in the country! Don't you love that Book Of Hours? I just quoted from it on my In The Quiet blog this morning. It has been speaking to my heart this week. I keep reading it over and over and have not tired of it yet. Lovely post dear friend. ox

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  19. Oh how lovely...thanks for the tour!
    What a great place to relax and enjoy nature and all it's beauty!

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  20. Ohhh my gosh, that's your backyard??? Wow! It is breathtaking!!! How wonderful to have a garden like that!

    I just lit one of my wonderful candles that I won in the giveaway, they smell sooo good! Hope you're having a lovely weekend:)

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  21. Gorgeous Photo's of a Gorgeous Garden~ This is amazing & so glad you shared this post at Cottage Flora Thursday's! (i am adoring your sweet woodruff!)xoxo, tracie

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  22. Deep breath in.....ahhhhhhhhhh

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  23. Dearest Laurie,

    Just got here from Susan, she was so happy with your giveaway! Very generous of you.
    What an amazing blog and just how different your garden looks with ours here in the south. Quite a difference in climate! We've worked in your area so we are familiar with it.
    Have a great weekend and I'm proud to follow you.

    Lots of love,

    Mariette

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  24. Its lovely here thanks for lettin me visit.

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  25. Your garden is verdant, lush, peaceful.

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  26. Your garden/yard are gorgeous! Wonderful pictures too. (o:

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  27. You are so blessed to be surrounded by such beauty. I love the barn and especially all your pretty flowers and landscaping.

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  28. Laurie,

    We have something else in common! Your property is beautiful, the perfect place to give pause and reflect.

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  29. Beautiful. You are blessed. Have a great day.

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  30. Goodness Laurie what an amazingly beautiful yard you have!! It reminds me of acreage in Minnesota- so green and pretty!! I love your charming arbor and pretty pots and of course that barn!! Oh I could have sooo much fun with that barn!! :) Hugs, Courtney

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  31. Your property is breathtaking, Laurie!

    xoxo,
    Jami

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  32. Your garden is beautiful, a work of art. Thankyou for sharing it. Have a grand week! xx

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  33. Oh sweetie this is so beautiful, your words and your garden. What a wonderful place to observe all that He gives us. You have created a garden of pure beauty. Yup, you are coming over to help me with my garden. :) I hope that you had a wonderful weekend, I am so far behind. I have been thinking about you. :)
    XO

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  34. Your post is beautiful! Gorgeous images.I love the bleeding hearts!

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  35. oh my goodness, this is your garden! wow! i have enjoyed my visit to your blog. i found it through the giveaway you won (i like your blog title)!
    thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  36. I just love the quiet and calming effect your beautiful lawn and flowers.

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  37. Oh I can smell the blooms and dewy fresh air. Such a lovely spot. As always, tanks for oming by and do not forget to check back next Mon. Did you meet someone new from your visit on Market Monday? I hope so...

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  38. Goodness, this looks like paradise!
    Your photos are just stunning.

    Have a beautiful week!
    XO,
    Anne

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  39. Gorgeous photos! I love the white!

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  40. Wowza....what a beautiful garden.
    Joyce M

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  41. Oh how pretty! Breathtaking indeed! Thanks for taking time to visit me! Blessings!
    Lisa

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  42. WOW....what a bucolic setting and beautiful gardens you have! Down here in Miami the flowers will all be wilting soon....so I definitely need my dose of blog flowers from you Northern girls!
    Janet

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  43. Such a lovely garden you have, Laurie! Thank you for this 'heavenly walk' through this beauty.
    - Susan

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  44. Beautiful Post.
    Glad I came by from Kathleen's

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  45. Hello fellow Michigander!!! We live in such a beautiful state!, You have the perfect name for your home,it definately looks Heavenly, nice to find you, Celeste, victoriantailor.com

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  46. Oh my goodness....your yard is amazing!!!I would never leave:)

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  47. It's gorgeous! You have a lovely blog here :)
    This post, esp. is blissful!
    Love and luck!

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  48. What a beautiful yard!!! I would never leave home!
    Faye

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  49. Laurie,
    Your garden is spectacular! I am looking and backing up and looking and ohhing and ahhing!! Love this. You have done a fantastic job picking the flowers and they are at a beautiful peak! Just gorgeous! Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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  50. Hi Laurie, Your garden is gorgeous!!! I so enjoyed my walk through your garden!!! I wish mine was ready for photos.
    Have a great weekend!
    ~ Julie

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  51. wow, its all sooooo gorgeous!!!!

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  52. Hi Laurie!

    Found you over at Canadian Cottage and figured you were a gardener too! I'm you newest follower.

    Sue
    xo

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  53. Your garden is simply spectacular! Stunning!
    -Marie

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  54. Oh my goodness that's almost too pretty to believe. AND THAT BARN! What??? A little slice of heaven right there in your backyard. Just gorgeous!

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  55. Simply breathtaking..my faves are the woodruff and your red barn...it's all so green!
    Rene

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  56. Laurie, it is truly a walk through heaven here, that quiet voice speaks to me, it does not get any more heavenly then spending time here with you. A true place of shelter praising him for all he has given, and all that he will give.

    I am weeping with (tears) of joy, such light that shines within you!

    Laurie your home is a place of beauty, a place to love! You have this way of making the whole world who visits feel like home!
    (Celebrate your warmth)

    Enjoy more and endure less.
    (celebrate your choices)

    Blessings to you and yours.
    xoxo
    Dore

    PS....Thank you for entering my Place of shelter GiveAway! your comments mean alot to me, spiritual and up building!
    come visit our winner and my salvage inspiration!!

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  57. Goodness what a beautiful post Laurie! Your gardens are gorgeous and once again- the words you have written are incredible!! Thanks for sharing this inspiring post at FNF~ Have a wonderful weekend sweet friend! :)

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  58. Love your yard! And that red barn...I want one!
    Have a pickin' cool weekend,
    Cindy

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  59. Yup...Heaven's Walk is the perfect name for such a perfect place to walk in. You are amazing!
    Love you sis.
    Debbie

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  60. Hey there Laurie ~ Stopping back to let you know I shared this lovely post on Facebook today! Hugs, Courtney

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  61. Thanks for your visit! I am so glad to have discovered your blog! You take beautiful pictures, I esp love the one that looks toward the red barn. Stunning!
    Theresa

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  63. You garden is a little slice of heaven on earth. My, my girl, you are surrounded by much serenity and no wonder you are so often so inspired to write such beautiful poetry and prose. It's a pleasure to come visit you.

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