Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

genesis gardens

October 1, 2010

Last Saturday my husband and I took a country drive to a beautiful place in the Loess Hills just south of Malvern, Iowa.

I love ‘getting away’ on a road trip with my best friend in the fall! It’s one of my favorite things to do!

Our destination was the home and business of some friends, Debbie and Tony Huetter.

Their little piece of heaven is gorgeous! Tony and Deb live in a 1914 Craftsman home on which they’ve worked diligently over the years, only increasing it’s splendor. They gave us a tour, which caused me to long for such a classic, historic, well-built home!  Their expansive front porch was lined with boxes of apples, and quaint bird houses. I just wanted to grab an apple and sit down to quietly drink in the surroundings!

Our favorite part of their place was their property. An expansive lush green lawn with giant trees and gardens, Genesis Gardens is what they’ve named their business and it’s gorgeous! Check it out on Facebook!

Even though we were there at the end of the growing season, beauty was still in abundance! There were rows and rows of flowers and plants.

They offer a ‘you pick’ option where you are given clippers and you go around cutting the flowers you want. While we were there, another friend, Pam, was assembling a large bouquet of stunning and unique flowers.

Deb pointed out a freshly mown “lawn” which had formerly been a field of wild flowers, also for u-pick.

We walked past a darling, ivy-covered building which they hope someday to turn into a shop.  It’s the kind of place I’d dreamt

about as a young girl, idyllic and a bit mysterious. We walked past it to a small shed in which Deb had hung bunches of flowers upside-down to dry. In front of them was an artfully arranged chair and door with piles of their harvested gourds and pumpkins.

I just didn’t want to leave! There is a part of me, maybe it goes back to my grandparents roots to the farms they grew up on in Canada, but I found myself longing to have a place like that out in the country to enjoy. The only problem is, to have a place as well-kept and beautiful as theirs, means a lot of back-breaking hard work! There wouldn’t be much time to just ‘sit and stare’ as I imagine I’d do! (sigh)

Tony and Debbie do landscaping for homes and businesses as well as trimming, pruning, clean-up and maintenance. Check them out on their website.

Night was nearing and we needed to return to Omaha, but we weren’t going to leave empty-handed! We took home some pumpkins, apple butter and pear butter, a potted mum and two different kinds of hydrangea with instructions on where to plant them for optimal growth. They even gave us a huge bouquet of basil to make into pesto! We’d hit the jackpot!

I left there feeling encouraged. It was refreshing and restorative to be able to leave the ‘big city’ for a drive to Genesis Gardens and Third Day Nursery. Breathing in fresh air, being surrounded by natural beauty and re-connecting with life as it used to be was just what I needed!

The next day, Les planted our hydrangea and mum and I arranged our gourds as a centerpiece on our table. My daughter washed the pumpkins and placed them on the hearth. Because of our trip to Genesis Gardens, Fall has officially arrived in our home!


garden glimpses

May 10, 2010

Every now and then, I grab my camera and take a walk around our yard snapping photos of plants and flowers that catch my eye. Sometimes I want to document the progression of plant growth. Other times it’s the vivid colors which beckon me to record them. Usually, it’s just that I’m captivated by beauty and want to have a memory of what moved me.

purple columbine

Early one morning a few weeks ago, my husband and I went out to sit in our Adirondack chairs to enjoy our coffee together. Sitting quietly as the sun rose higher, I noticed the dew had drenched every blade of grass and was even balanced at the tips of our hostas. Here are a few pictures from that morning.

dew on hosta

dew on grass

Here are a few more glimpses of garden glory:

creeping flowers

red tulips


tiny blue

Thanks for allowing me to share these pictures with you! And thanks for sharing in my joy!

flowers at our feet

January 28, 2010

I was prompted by a quote I ran across to look up its author and find out who he was. His name is Albert Schweitzer. The son of a Lutheran pastor, he became, with dedicated hard work, passion and persistence, a musician, theologian, author, doctor, philosopher, medical missionary and humanitarian possessing a deep reverence for life. Schweitzer accomplished an unbelievable amount in his lifetime and was not only a man with an incredible mind, but used that intellect to care for the world.

Here is the quote that caught my eye:

“In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.”

How true this is! In striving for what could be, we can forget to enjoy what is. Being able to do both at the same time is a difficult balancing act, but it isn’t impossible.

How often as a child did I wish to be a grown up!  And as an adult, isn’t it tempting to look back and think how good we had it? It’s easy to fritter our lives away wishing we were someone else, or someplace else or with someone else. But there are flowers at our feet waiting to be noticed.

Cancer forced me to face up to that way of thinking. I realized I may never reach the moon, so I’d better start looking around and finding flowers to be thankful for; to smell and enjoy!

I’ve got a vast field of flowers blooming at my feet! I have a husband who cherishes me and whom I adore, children I’d longed for and who are my delight, faithful friends living in authentic community together, including the church where I love to belong. I have returning vigor and joy and delight in being able to feel the shocking cold air of winter on my face while smiling with satisfaction, knowing that spring will return, and with it the fragrant flowers which will blossom once again, at my feet.