Friday, June 1, 2012

A Garden Walk

I am joining Jen Rizzo today for a garden walk!
Jen is one of my favorite bloggers and designers:)
I am such a garden snoop and LOVE tours...even from a birds eye view in the car.
Yes, I have been known to take another pass by just to look at someone's yard:).
So, I thought I would give you a little tour of my garden.
Some pictures are from last year...we have had a really late Spring here and most of my flowers are not in bloom.
Here is the garden in late July...it is rather wild and untamed, but I love that all of the perennials fill in and there is minimal weeding.





Goldenrod and Soapwort lie in fluffy bundles along the border.

My husband built the arbor and fence out of large cedar planks. He cut each picket and designed the arbor as a Christmas present.
Echinacea, Feverfew, Bells of Ireland, Daisies, and Cosmos are great flowers for our region.
We have a lot of wind and hot, dry summers.



By August, the tomatoes are spilling over from my four raised beds.
We look each day for plum ripe ones to savor.

Hollyhocks stand so straight and tall along the back.
They just make me happy looking at the cheerful flowers.
The large plant next to the Hollyhocks is Lovage, a celery-like herb.



By August, our row garden ion is full swing.
Beans, carrots, peas, corn, onions, and a row of zinnias...I always plant zinnias.
It is wonderful to eat fresh from our garden and this year we hope to be able to share!


My garden is next to the chicken coop...which you can read about here
Next to the coop is "Gertrude," our tin can scarecrow.
She scares most birds away.
The chickens...they don't mind her watching them:).
Springtime finds us busy planting...right now our garden looks like this...




Planting is a family affair and I am so grateful my kids love the garden, too!



We enjoy eating meals on our long farm table next to the garden.





The hens are let loose to range until late Spring when the garden starts growing.
Then they are happy to have me throw weeds into their run:).



 The cows were moved into the pasture next door and we like to see them peeking through the fence.
My little fruit trees are just starting to grow.


 I have four larger raised beds behind the picket garden that hold strawberries, flowers, and herbs.
I fill in between with lots of wood chips.
Some of my boxes are in need of repair this year:).

 Sage with a few chives peeking through and Golden Oregano...yum!

 I am hoping to fill a second box full of herbs soon.
I love to use them fresh in our meals.

 I love how the garden and views change through the summer months.
In another 6 weeks, it will look like this...dotted fields filled with hay bales.




And a garden in a full array of blooms.


Hope you enjoyed the tour:)!
If you would like to snoop through some amazing gardens, click HERE to visit Jennifer Rizzo!
I am also linking to The Polohouse...visit to see even more beautiful gardens!
~Julia

32 comments:

Holly said...

Your garden is so beautiful! It makes me want to come and sit inside your picket fence and sip on ice tea! We are starting from scratch with our gardens, flowers and vegetables, I hope one day they will be as pretty as yours. It is so inspiring. Thank you for the tour and hope your day is filled with lots of joy!

Shannon said...

It is all so lovely! Every photo gives you a different peak. Love it!

Shannon said...

It is all so lovely! Every photo gives you a different peak. Love it!

2busy said...

This is so lovely, I feel like I am there.

Garden, Home and Party said...

Julia,
Your farm(?) is amazing. Lucky you to have room for growing vegetables and such, not to mention a chicken coop and cows. Lucky you. Very pretty, the white picket fence and plantings are beautiful.
Karen

Stef said...

I don't know how many times I've drooled over pictures of your garden and yard, but I never get tired of it. Always beautiful and peaceful. You are such an inspiration, Julia.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Stef

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Dear Julia!
Wow!
So thrilled to find you today.
Love your blog's name... so completely appropriate. I would find it blissful too.
The cows just stole my heart!

I grew up on a farm in SW Pennsylvania and my grandfather raised beef cattle and horses! The cows were so sweet and laid back. I miss not being around them anymore!

Your photos are so lovely with the mountains in the background.
I am your newest follower and I am looking forward to getting to know you and your lovely blog better!

Thanks so much for sharing today. Just gorgeous.

Alison

Keeping it Cozy said...

I think everything you do is inspiring, but I particularly love your garden. And I just adore your long farm table. What a wonderful place to enjoy meals together.

Elisa said...

Beautiful photos...every one of them would make a lovely post card. I so enjoy looking in at your place.

Kerin said...

You've cultivated some beautiful gardens! Thanks for sharing!

I'm re-planting our garden tonight. It froze again.. the third time; maybe it's the fourth.

We won't see a harvest like you have until Sept. or Oct.

Thanks again for sharing your gardens with us!!

p.s. LOVE the scarecrow!

Have a great weekend.
Kerin

Lorilee said...

Your garden is beautiful. I love the scenery around your house as well.
Blessings,
Lorilee

Sarah said...

Julia, you do live a blissful life. What a gorgeous setting: beautiful garden, mountains in the distance, cows grazing, outdoor dining. Fabulous!

Gumbo Lily said...

I loved your garden tour. The flowers you have growing are similar to mine due to the same type of environment. I'm wondering if that big pivot sprinkler hits your row garden when it swings by?

Julia said...

It does Jody!! Only the back quarter gets hit, though, so I still have to set sprinklers:). I think we have really similar weather and I love the prairie flowers. They are so hardy:).

~Julia

Bevy said...

Julia... you leave me breathless. I love everything about your little cottage garden. That's what it looks like to me with the white picket fence and arbor. All those perenials. I've tried every which way to Sunday to grow hollyhocks. No such luck as of yet.
Thanks for the tour, this morning.

I love it!!! I've always wanted to do something like this - but where we're at, we rent and we really can't.

You go girl.

Laurel Stephens said...

Thank you for the tour of your spectacular garden!

Jacqueline said...

I can't even pick my jaw up off the floor...I am so in awe of your garden and your views!!! I love EVERYTHING about this garden, especially the amazing fence and arbor!!!! And your table...I am babbling haha. I love love love this is definitely my inspiration for our yard!!!!

Angela said...

You truly do have a beautiful place:)

Anne said...

Your garden is so amazingly beautiful! I'm super jealous :)

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

PEACE, that's the only word that gets to my mind looking at your garden and surrounding.
Oh my Julia, it's all so so so beautiful and you must be working hard to get everything accomplished!
Those perennials help you wuth the weeding you say.... soooo interesting!
Fra

Julie H said...

Hello, I am recently new to your blog. Love your photos. Love your garden....I too love to look at gardens and pictures of gardens. Thank you for sharing with us.

Julie H. from Michigan

FineLine Antiques said...

I juts love how effortless the flower garden looks with the black eyed susans, the golden rod etc. Really beautiful. I also love your view of the mountains! GORGEOUS!

Wheelbarrow said...

What a beautiful place! I would love, love to have an area of land this full of life. However I would not love the work load! Our garden is small this year with only potatoes and pumpkins. I know weird mixture but we had to start somewhere.

Amanda said...

Be still my heart...

In so many ways it's pure lovely.
full of nostalgia...country...and loaded with charm.

I can tell you and your family have poured your heart and soul into your garden and home...

and it shows!
I enjoyed the tour today Julia!!!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Your home is just beautiful.

Peggy said...

Oh my goodness! You truly live in a little slice of heaven! I love your photos of your garden. Also love the animals. What more could you ask for.

Monika said...

You live in magical place! I love your view and your garden is very beautiful.

Peggy Frezon said...

Thank you for taking me walking through this lovely garden. I especially enjoy the cute cows peeking through the fence.

Erika @ homesteadsimple said...

WOW! Beautiful beautiful homestead!!!! I loved the tour!

Heather said...

Your garden is amazing - lovely! I like the picket fence, but the arbor that your hubby built really steals the show! Did he also build the wonderful harvest table? It's wonderful! I enjoyed taking a peak at your wonderful garden - thanks for the visit!

dmyniguez said...

I LOVE your garden and your farm. It is my dream to have a place like yours. We live in the Mojave desert, so it's not that easy. But I am going to keep trying. Thanks for the inspiration!

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