Monday, May 21, 2012

An "Udderly" Beautiful Day...


My day started out beautiful... as always this time of year... my cup of coffee in my favorite cup, a leisurely stroll through my gardens... a full Nature walk with Jack (my foot is all healed now!)... another walk... this time with Tessy down the trail... how could it get any better I thought... well... it did!... there was a knock on my front door early and the postman was standing there with a package for me... Tessy must have missed the class about chasing the postman... she darn near licks them to pieces... anyway... when I saw who the package was from, I was sooo excited!... Last week, I won a beautiful giveaway from one of my very favorite ladies ever, Sharon Lovejoy... this cute little antique quilt cow pillow ... have you honestly ever seen anything so "udderly" adorable!... she immediately wanted to graze out on my front lawn... I have named her "BlueBelle"...

Also, Sharon sent me a gorgeous little tin full of the most wonderful organic vegetable seeds to plant come Fall... peas, red cabbage, white icicle radishes... kale, broccoli and so much more... this was a bonus gift to me, as I am also a member of her "Grimy Hands Girls Club"...

Sharon is the President of the club, and here is her button, also on my sidebar with a link to her blog... I first met Sharon some years back through the pages of Country Living and Country Living Gardener... I could hardly wait to read her feature "Heart's Ease"... I still have all of my old copies... I have been a fan and admirer of hers ever since... I loved the name of her column which was also the name of her shop at the time... as my great~grandmother Sarah always called the delicate little violas "Heart's Ease"... I was smitten... Sharon is an author, illustrator, lecturer... and friend... her many talents truly amaze me!... her beautiful blog is called "Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island"... I have learned so very much from Sharon, about gardening and Nature... we are kindred spirits in so many ways... and we also share a very special bond that makes her even more loved by me... and how fun being a member of her club!... we really DO get down and dirty... literally... in our gardens... and it's so much fun!...

If you have not visited Sharon's blog, you are in for a real treat!... she makes you feel so welcome and at ease... just like you were sitting right there with her... sipping tea and chatting... please tell her Julie Marie sent you by... dear Sharon... thank you SO much for my giveaway prizes... I will treasure them always... before I met Jack, he used to work for two dairies as a milkman... one day out junkin', I found two little old cream bottles, each had the name of one of the dairies he worked for... Clover Leaf and Meadow Gold... I think BlueBelle will enjoy having them by her...

And the beautiful blue and white quilt in my photos... it was handmade by my great~grandmother Sarah in the 1800's and she left it to me... like Sharon, my grandmother, great~grandmother and my mama were all wonderful gardeners and besides inheriting my great~grandmother's quilt, I also inherited her love of gardening... my great~grandmother spun so many enchanting tales for me as I tagged alongside her in her cottage garden when I was a little girl... like why "Foxgloves" are named what they are... "why, because the little foxes would slip the glove~like blooms on their paws to quietly sneak into the chicken coop" she would tell me... and I would giggle... and say "tell me again, grandma"... so, Foxgloves in my garden...

For you... great~grandmother Sarah...

My grandmother Delphine...

For you grandma... Delphiniums of course...


And for my mama... roses... everywhere... these are my roses from the little cutting I took from my "secret spot"... I don't edit my photos at all, unless I fade the edges sometimes... so the color really is that brilliant red...

My beautiful mama... Phyllis Ann...


Hanging baskets of Lobelia, Million Bells and Pink Nemesia on both sides of my front porch...


All of God's creatures are welcome in my garden...

Dames Rocket, Gertrude Jekyll Rose... LaBelle Campanula...

Thank you for visiting me today... you are always welcome at my home...

...and my gardens... please do stop in and introduce yourself to Sharon... and once again Sharon... thank you so much!... we'll chat soon!... xoxo... Linking this post to Cottage Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage... also Share Your Cup Thursdays at Have a Daily Cup From Mrs. Olson... and Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground...


18 comments:

Kristin_Texas said...

Love the foxglove story. Adorable! That should be in a children's book.

Kristin

myric andreasen said...

Hello Julie! I enjoyed your post. You have such wonderful home and you got wonderful gifts!

wishing you a wonderful day

xo
Myric

*Ulrike* said...

What a wonderful prize to have won! I love reading Sharon's blog too. Everything around you is beautiful; we are thankful for our former gardeners for teaching us!

Olive Cooper said...

The gift and quilt are perfectly lovely together.

My Grama's Soul said...

What a pocket full of goodies you won from Sharon.....and Julie......your gardens are so very beautiful....I love it so when you share them with us.

xo

Jo

My Grama's Soul said...

What a pocket full of goodies you won from Sharon.....and Julie......your gardens are so very beautiful....I love it so when you share them with us.

xo

Jo

Ann said...

You have a very beautiful garden. The delphiniums are so pretty.

Jann Olson said...

Oh Julie Marie, someday we must visit each others gardens. I love your sweet blooms and the connection that they have to your beloved grandmother. Love the cute cow. I have a couple of vintage milk bottles. I need to see what dairy they are from. My Delphiniums and foxgloves are just about to open. Can't wait, they are two of my favorites. I must go visit your friend, Sharon.
Hugs,
Jann

It's me said...

What a great gift !!!..wowwww your garden is too beautiful !!!...love from a sunny Holland......and now...of to our flowers....customers are waiting....bye bye !!...love Ria...xxx.

Sunray Gardens said...

What nice gifts. I love quilt things anyway.

Cher Sunray Gardens

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Aw Julie Marie, thanks for your sweet and welcome words.

Isn't BlueBelle one lucky cow? She is right at home there.

Sending love across the miles,

Sharon

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your story just like you are Beautiful! It's always so delightful to pay a visit here! Your gardens are stunning! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE all those smiling faces...
How lucky to win Sharon's Udderly fun giveaway! I too have gotten a tin of those seeds from her. "YUMMMY"! I'm going to be BLOGGING about that very soon! Her writing is SO MUCH FUN to read!
Big Squishy Hugs to you,
Donna

NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post! I loved all the pictures of your family and your flowers. They are just gorgeous...BOTH- family AND flowers. Your Mother was just a beautiful woman, Julie Marie. I love your sweet gardens and your sweet home.

Pop by my blog tomorrow- I may (or may not have) used your name in vain-!;>) xo Diana

Dianna said...

Love your post - and your photos. What a special giveaway package you won!

Cottage and Broome said...

Love seeing the old pictures of the women in your family. How wonderful you inherited the quilt and the cow goes so well with it. The garden looks great too! Thanks for stopping by Laura

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Thanks for the lovely garden stroll. I am off to visit Sharon! Love the cow!

Fishtail Cottage said...

oh how i wish you were next door & we could stroll your gardens together! I love how much you love your family and that many of your garden plants are planted in their honor! everything is sure coming up beautifully! xoxo, tracie

Everyday Sparkles said...

Your Mom was stunningly beautiful!