the changing garden

No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~Hugh Johnson

I am amazed at how quickly our garden changes. We are in it every day and every day is different from the one before. And it will be different, yet again, tomorrow. I wish more people would garden, whether flowers or veggies or both. There is a fascination and a wonder and a sense of God’s presence in a garden.

This morning, the plants were covered with dew. So pretty! The camera just doesn’t capture that well enough, but I tried. Maybe it’s one of those “you had to be there” times.

The ‘Forest Pansy’ redbud tree was beautiful with the sun shining on the leaves.

Redbud 'Forest Pansy'

Columbine…dripping with dew…

dew coated columbine

Peony ‘Little Medicine Man’…isn’t that the prettiest shade of pink?

Peony 'Little Medicine Man'

peony buds

The spirea ‘Gold Flame’ was covered with dew…so pretty!

Spirea 'Gold Flame'

The peony ‘Flame’ is in full bloom.

Peony 'Flame'

The garden is looking lush and full. And there are so many more flowers to come…makes me wonder where they will fit.

fenced garden

Just north of the fenced garden, the snowball bush is heavy with bloom.

snowball bush

Hosta ‘Gold Standard’ gets a moment in the spotlight.

Hosta 'Gold Standard'

Plenty of water in the birdbath following the rains we’ve had.

kitchen birdbath

The kitties like to use the birdbaths for drinks, but they also like the little pump fountain, as Oreo demonstrates.

Oreo's water dish

The morning light gave a glow to the seedpods of the Honesty plant.


Every corner of the garden seems to have its share of beautiful blooms.

front yard

front birdbath bed


front yard

west side of front yard

And tomorrow, when I visit the garden, it will be changed again. New flowers, colorful foliage, butterflies and birds, all bearing witness to the wonder of God’s creation. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

If you’re nearby, please stop by and enjoy our garden.


One Comment

  1. Posted July 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Dear Christmas Notebook

    I work for the Department of Conservation in New Zealand which is responsible for looking after New Zealand’s precious native species and natural areas.

    I need an image of the plant honesty with green seed pods and in an Internet search have found your image on this webpage, from your website, and also on Flickr.

    I need the photo for a publication relating to a pest butterfly we are trying to remove from New Zealand as it would severly damage native plants. We want to show gardeners an example of an honesty plant with seed pods as the pest butterfly’s caterpillars can be found on such plants.

    Unfortunately, it is winter here so not a good time for us to be able to get such an image ourselves as the flowers and seed pods are not out.

    I need a high resolution image for publication purposes.

    I wish to ask if you would please allow us to your image for this purpose and, if so, if you could please provide me with a publication quality copy of it. We would of course credit the image to you.

    If you are able to help with this it would be much appreciated. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at if you wish to ask me more about this.

    Your garden looks beautifully abundant from the photos I have seen in your collections. I am sure it gives you much joy.

    Thank you.

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