Friday, May 4, 2012

A Little Brown House

I'm far away from home as I post this, attending my son's college graduation. He is a family man with a wife and a couple of children of his own. It's been a long and challenging road, and we are proud like only parents can be proud I suppose.


The crossroads of life always make me pause and look forward and back. I remember a time when it was so hard to leave a new baby with someone else for very long, for instance. And that was a great long time ago.

But as I strolled through the yard taking pictures before leaving, I realized that I had a similar hesitance to part with a budding garden. The roses are just beginning to open, and we don't want to miss a thing.

But I'm a homebody and always hate leaving home behind. Still, it won't be for long.

I've been enjoying tremendously the premiere issue of ROMANTIC PRAIRIE STYLE magazine. Page fifteen has a poem that struck me with delight called MY HOME, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

This is the place that I love the best,
A little brown house, like a ground-birds nest,
Hid among grasses, and vines, and trees,
Summer retreat of the birds and bees.
Far from the city's dust and heat, I get but sounds and odors sweet.
Who can wonder I love to stay,
Week after week, here hidden away,
In this sly nook that I love the best--
This little brown house like a ground-bird's nest?

The wash.

The first open bud of spring on Monday.

Tuesday. When I saw little green critters, I swooped them out for another photo.

The rose unfurling. . . .

It's time for "name that plant."

A happy accident!

The evolution of the garden gate vine.

So nice for you to come visit the garden!
There should be a few lovely roses when we get back.
I'll keep you posted. . . .
Happy weekend!


It's time for


  1. Your flowers look beautiful!! I love the poem too! Congrats on your son's graduation.


  2. I, too, feel about leaving my yard in summer similar to the way I felt about leaving my babies years ago. (Certainly, no one can care for either as well as I!) I've had some bushes in my current garden that are older than my grown daughters, and if they were to succumb from lack of water or neglect, I'd be heartbroken. If I can't find someone dependable to care for my yard when I want to travel in the summer, I stay home! Of course, for my child's college graduation, I'd do anything. Congratulations on the occasion of your son's graduation. Your garden is always such a pleasure to visit here. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Congratulations to your son! It's a great achievement anymore for anyone to take the time and resources to gain knowledge.

    I understand your longing for your home when you are away. I love being at home puttering around the house or in my garden. It's such a peaceful time.


  4. Your flowers are beautiful and I love all of your posts. You have an excellent knack at putting things together.

  5. Your garden is so lovely.Congratulations on your sons graduation.That is a wonderful accomplishment.I wish him all the luck and success.

  6. Jacqueline, your pics of your garden are gorgeous.

    You should share it with a first time linky blog party I found today called Cottage Garden Party!

    So happy about your son's diploma!

    Come back soon, your roses are waiting.

  7. Congratulations to your son. I know you're so proud of him. Your blooms are so gorgeous. Enjoy the time with your family!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  8. Hi Jacqueline: You have a right to be proud of your son, as he should be proud of himself. To go back to school, and graduate, with all his other responsibilities takes a lot of courage, I would think. As far as your garden goes, it is really (still) beautiful and I don't know the name of the purple spike flowers, but the pink is valerian, or the garden gate flower, in old fashioned talk..Enjoy being home..Judy

  9. It is a long road to hoe when you are a family man to finish college. Good luck to him and best wishes that it brings him all he deserves. Your garden is lovely! I love that garden door....

  10. Congratulations! You deserve to be proud. Your images are so lovely. I would love it if you shared this post with Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  11. Hmmm, I see Delphiniums? And White Hydrangea.
    The rose is a spectacular quiet beauty!!
    Have a lovely time.

  12. Enjoy your son's graduation and wish him the best from us. Enjoy your time away and your garden will wait faithfully for you.

    Helen xx

  13. I hope you have a wonderful time visiting your son for his graduation. A special time indeed! I'm sure you will still have roses blooming on your return. Your garden looks so beautiful already. Blessings, Pamela

  14. I got a copy of that mag today and love it. Your flowers are all so pretty. Congrats to your son.

  15. Hello! I have enjoyed your blog for awhile now, especially your lace and garden entries. Your photos are lovely!
    I'm not positive but your blue flowers look like agastache or meadow sage. Regardless, it's a beautiful plant.

  16. Hi J,
    Congrats on your son!
    I am gald you got to see your rose bloom prior to your trip... She is a Beauty, softly tinged pink egdes... ahhh!!
    Blooms blooms blooms... looking good!!
    I was gonna say Salvia, then I saw the Valerian behind and thought herbs... Yep Sage. (Salvia/Sage... Tomata/Tomahta). :-)
    I found the mag!

  17. Sooo pretty! Happy Pink Saturday!

    My Pink, I am also inviting you to link up with my color Connection meme.

  18. Oh my, I LOVE that garden gate vine. Amazing.
    I have to vicariously enjoy everyone elses lovely gardens and I have none as of yet.
    The trees are Just starting to bud out now. The lilacs should be ready in about 2 weeks.
    sheeeesh..........Alberta is hard on my soul when it comes to warm weather and lovely plants.

  19. Thanks for the lovely stroll thru your garden!

  20. Your garden looks beautiful, no wonder you don't want to leave it! On the other hand your reason is the best sort - your son has done so well to graduate. I love the poem too.

  21. I can understand why you are so proud, especially that he did it while also a family man. Our son did the same, it wasn't easy.
    I think your purple spiky plant is Borage.
    It's hard to leave home and garden. We are on holiday for 2 weeks far away from home. We left the garden just blooming and hope there will be plenty of rain while we are away to keep everything alive. I think we will be in for some surprises too on our return. xx

  22. 10.30am here in Portugal.time lapse for comment..
    Dear jaqueline,
    Home sweet home.. There is nothing like home.
    I love to go to lisbon for a couple of days.. but cant wait to come home. I truly am a home bird..
    Congratulations on your sons graduation. I am sure it will be a great affair.
    I must tell you.. i have the same garden chair and the same table.. my table is painted green.):
    Your new roses blooming are most lovely, and your linen on the line. Happy days.
    kind regards val

  23. Congratulations on your son's graduation. I know you are very proud. Your garden is looking lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  24. What a lovely poem and images to accompany it.

  25. Jacqueline, Your garden is lovely! That rose is gorgeous and so are the hydrangeas. Isn't spring full of beautiful suprises! And a big congrats on your son's graduation. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  26. Farway or close by you inspire us with your beautiful photography. Lovely rose photos.

  27. Absolutely gorgeous!

    My Pink, have a great weekend!

  28. I love all the touches of pink!

    Happy pink Saturday, Happy Derby Day and ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

    Please stop by and enter my celebrate spring/moms giveaway.

  29. hi Jacqueline, I haven't read all the previous comments but the tall pink blossoms are centranthus. Not sure if that's spelled correctly. And I'm thinking the purple spiky things are a sage. I love them both. Your photos are, as always, simply stunning!!! Congrats to your son!! May his future be bright--and a bit easier!!
    Love, Kay

  30. That is a beautiful blog, with such pretty additions, plates, flower and I even love the laundry on the line. It smells good. (I just joined your blog.) Thanks, Mary

  31. Your gardens are gorgeous! I understand why you like home. Congratulations on your son's graduation.
    Mary Alice

  32. We spent an extra long weekend opening up our trailer for the season and I relaxed with Fifi's new magazine myself! It is wonderful and I enjoyed that poem too! Lovely photos and I hope you are enjoying your time with your family. Congratulations!

  33. I'm a homebody, too, Jacqueline, and completely sympathize with your dread to miss even one flower opening while you're away. Your garden looks lovely! I hope you've been enjoying it, now that you're home again. Take care.


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