Tuesday, April 15, 2014

on this land

Blogging offers such an eensy teensy window into a person's life.  Every blogger has his or her sharing criteria (ex. this is a sewing blog), plus so much control as to when and how she shares.  Mostly that's all fine and dandy and makes the blogosphere a comfortable place to be!  But other times I gasp, they don't even know about X, Y, Z!  And then I want to invite you in to a few more nooks and crannies of my life.

Quick Change Trousers

So it happened again yesterday.  I was photographing those baby pants on the side of our barn and was struck by how lovely it is outside is at this time of year.

behind our barn

In fact, just around the corner is this beautiful blooming dogwood tree.  My favorite trees!

Three sides of this old barn have that dark wood siding and the back is like so.  All three sides make good pictures.  I'm darn lucky to have it!   That barn has charmed me since we bought this property and its wreck of a house 6 years ago.   We've fixed up the house, but the barn still desperately needs attention.  Maybe someday...

on our farm

Now, you need to know that I am not a gardener.  Ironically, we live on 8 acres and prefer to eat local produce whenever possible.  Which means I should be a gardener.

Making Mud Cake

So, I've tried.  Put in a huge garden 4 years ago, while little Aria and Liam made mud pies.  Then a smaller one, then a smaller one and last year.... nothing.   To our credit, we have bought our veggies through a local CSA (community supported agriculture - you pay up front and get a box of produce weekly) the last three years. 

CSA at home!

You won't believe what's happening now!  Last fall we became friends with a family who has a background in running a CSA.   Unfortunately, they had to move and leave their lovely CSA behind.  Their goal this year was to find land to grow produce for their own needs.  Guess who has land?  We do!  We're providing the space and the irrigation and they're doing the work.  In exchange, we get a share of the produce.  What a complete blessing all around!

across the meadow

Across from the meadow and garden plot is our house, the tree house and these gardens.  I am forever grateful to whomever planted so many hearty plants.  At this moment it seems like everything is blooming:  dogwoods, azalea, irises, roses, pinks, camellias, yellow jasmine and a bunch of things I don't know by name!

in bloom

This weekend I transplanted a slew of violets from the meadow to this bed by our front porch.  You can see a few to the bottom left, quite overshadowed by this blazing pink azalea.

about to bloom too!

The rest of the azalea are coming into bloom, just in time for Easter.  The original owners planted large leaf azalea bushes all around this house.  Most of the time they do bloom for Easter, and we egg hunt in fairy land.  A messy, not-at-all-manicured fairy land.  But those are probably the best kind.

small leaf azalea

And the bees are out!  And the grass is greening!  I may not be a gardener, but I am forever an admirer of all this beauty.  It is worth a few days away from the sewing machine, hedging, weeding or raking. 

But, just a few (wink).


37 comments:

  1. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful garden! I'm in the UK and our garden is miniscule!

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  2. Your property is gorgeous! Love all the trees and bushes and space! I'm clearing out a couple small plots in our nearly treeless suburban yard to try veggie gardening again this year. We'll see how it goes!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your little corner of paradise. Spring is really so wonderful! Only one year did I ever plant a garden and felt like all I did was can and give stuff away. :}

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Reminds me of my old stomping grounds in Alabama... I miss the dogwoods and azaleas so much! But when you marry.... Its whither thou goest, I will go! Even windy, hot, dry Oklahoma... :)

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  5. Wow, beautiful! thanks for sharing. I am like you. I appreciate it, but am not a gardener. I'm forever feeling guilty because the previous owner of our home was a big gardener and I can't keep up her work! That's so fantastic that you found some people to use your land for crops!! What a great deal.

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  6. It's stunning :) We too have an amazing garden that someone thoughtfully planted many years ago.

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  7. What a great idea about community growing! Your home is lovely!

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  8. Oh my! What a beautiful property! It's the sort of place where you could just wander and admire the plants for hours. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Oh my ! I would LOVE to have a garden this big. Mine is so tiny but at least, I have one !

    And what a gorgeous land you have ! Look at all those trees and flowers.

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  10. Thank you for letting us peek into your life, yours is very different than mine and it is nice to have some context! I love all of your property, and how lucky that you get to have fresh produce grown right on your land. We are considering planting a garden on our measly .2 acre plot but I'm not much of a gardner either.

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  11. Your property is beautiful and how luck you are to get super fresh produce! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. You are truely blessed to have that land. It is a dream offre mine.

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    1. It is a blessing we never thought we'd get to enjoy!

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  13. Wow you have such a lovely space there. Our little Irish garden is tiny and I'd love more space in it.

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  14. what a beautiful garden - so lovely to have so much colour in spring - thanks so much for sharing :)

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  15. Wow - what a fabulous space. I love my gardens - vege and flower, so am always interested in what other people are growing.

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  16. Loved this post on your blog (always enjoy them, though) and the photos of the flowers are stunning. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Everything looks so beautiful! A fairyland indeed. And to have it all at Easter, what a joyful time!! Have a Happy Easter!!

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  18. I always love your posts! But this one is such a delight, to see another side of your life. And your photos are beautiful, whether photographing your quilting or your lovely scenery.

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  19. Oh so gorgeous! Thanks for the little glimpse into your world. It is beautiful.

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  20. Wow you live in true beauty...congrats

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  22. So jealous of the springtime that is so evident in your beautiful photos! Michigan has not gotten the springtime memo, but I'm sure it will get it together soon enough. Lovely glimpse outside of your sewing adventures. :)

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  23. I love your garden arrangement! What kinds of produce do you expect to enjoy this summer?

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    1. Oh, most everything! Seriously, I don't know what she's not planting!

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  24. I understand the "I should garden but do not" thing. My mom was an amazing gardener, and always had tons of plants going when I was a kid. I grew up eating garden fresh veggies. I tried, but I just do not have the energy or interest required. How fun that you can have a CSA in your backyard. It sounds like a win-win situation to me!

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    1. Seriously, we are SO lucky to have made this match. Hope it works out wonderfully all around so we can do it again next year =)

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  25. What a great barn and land you've got. The shot with the pants is great :)

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  26. What a beautiful place you have! Dogwoods are my favorite too, one day I need my gardner hubby to plant me some :)

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  27. What beautiful greenery! We just got 7" of snow, with up to 11" more by tomorrow morning.... this Winter will just not let go!

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    1. Ack! Well, it is near freezing this morning. Spring can be such a tease!

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  28. Well, it sounds like you have the PERFECT setup to me! I'm not much of a gardener either. Last summer, we moved to an area up in the mountains where we have lots and lots of maple and oak trees. Kind of like having a forest in our backyard! I love that it's all natural and low maintenance.

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  29. I wondered if that building was on your property of if you went somewhere for your "photo shoots". What an amazing backdrop to have right in your backyard. And what a backyard! I am oozing with jealousy and dreaming of that "someday" life in the country too. I adore the pic of your kiddos in the mud....priceless! Thanks for inviting us in and sharing the beautiful colors. My tulips are just eeking out of the ground and my lilac is beginning to bud (very exciting stuff for Indiana)!

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  30. Messy, unmanicured fairylands are definitely best! What a breathtaking, blessed Eden you live in. Thanks for sharing. Btw, if you do fix up the barn, where will you take all your photos? It seems perfect as is - at least for photo ops. :). How wonderful to be hosting the CSA. How very win-win!

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    1. Thanks, Hydee! If we do fix up the barn, I definitely plan to remove and reuse the wood siding. It would be more of a restoration, in my dreams. We'll see though!

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  31. I enjoy seeing your world,its beautiful, share anytime you want :)

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