Wednesday, May 30, 2012


"In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful." 

 ~ Abram L. Urban

"Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are."

~ Alfred Austin


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Joey:
Absolute perfection! We have so enjoyed this 'stroll' through your garden, enlarging each image along the way, where the overall harmony achieved through carefully co-ordinated colours, contrast of texture and form become so very apparent. And you have such very attractive and unusual plants, cultivated with care and all maintained to the highest possible standard. Lovely.

Rose said...

Joey, you always find such thoughtful quotes to accompany your posts--the Urban quote is wonderful. Beautiful poppies, perfect for Memorial Day!

joey said...

How kind, Jane and Lance, buy can't take full credit since Mr. Ho-Hum is a huge help ... edging, mulching, lawn ...!

Thanks Rose. Sounds like you all had a fabulous time at the Asheville Fling!

Jenny said...

It is a wonderful stroll. I could stay awhile.

I do not like you calling yourself a ho-hum housewife. You are anything but ho-hum. Give yourself more credit! xo Jenny

Jenny said...

It is a wonderful stroll. I could stay awhile.

I do not like you calling yourself a ho-hum housewife. You are anything but ho-hum. Give yourself more credit! xo Jenny

Ann said...

Your garden is lovely. I too have many hosta which I love. How to you control the ferns? Several years ago they started to take over. I was able get rid of them, but this spring I have some coming back. While I do like them I don't want them to take over.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

You have such a beautiful property but I know it must be a lot of work to keep it so lovely. I can't believe that May is gone with such strange weather, 47 degrees today.


Beth at PlantPostings said...

Mmmm...May is a magical month in the Midwest, isn't it? Such beautiful images, Joey!

joey said...

Hi Jenny ... I love being the 'Ho-Hum Housewife' ... long story on how it all began ... sit down with a cup/glass of whatever you love ... it's all here on the blog :)

Thank you, dear Ann. My almost 40 yr old garden is certainly a challenge and why I must spend endless hours tweaking, honing plants back home, digging, dividing, and sharing ... and yes ferns (I have many well-behaved varieties) but Ostrich can be a huge issue. I love them but can be like weeds so be careful where you plant them ... I have shared 100+ with friends/family this past spring!

Thank you, dear Eileen. Yes, this 75 year old house and awesome piece of land holds my heart as does the beauty of our land (sunsets) and bones of 100 year old cottage and awesome setting UP NORTH. I have told my children to buy 'the land' ... structures can always be changed ... the land that holds the heart is priceless!

Thanks Beth ... yes ... so hard to say goodbye to May ... I wait all year for spring, my favorite time of year that like MIdwest plants in the garden, feeds my soul.

garden girl said...

Beautiful images as always, Joey!

May seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye.

Ann said...

Yes, Joey,

I love your comment of the "land holds the heart...". I've never heard it said so beautifully. I too am blessed with three beautiful pieces of land at home in New Baltimore and in Fairview, MI. I love to walk these wonderful place and thank God everyday for them.

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Nina Knox said...

Joey, your gardens are just beautiful. I need to take some lessons from you. Do you have a deer issue where you are? I sometimes wake up in the morning and all my new blooms are eaten! I have a spray I use but it doesn't always help.
Your flowers and photos are definitely NOT Ho-Hum!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Fab gardens and those lady slippers are wonderful...I wish i could find some to plant..very protected here.