Thursday, August 29, 2013


FYI: I have joined Face Book and Pinterest. Can't say that I know what I'm doing on either one! I am pinning some lovely ideas, which doesn't leave me very much time to do any thing else! I am addicted. Now, Face Book is another story. I am going to try to enter this blog post. If you see it, I hope you will 'like' it. If you don't see it then it only means I was right - I don't know what I'm doing - and I need to do more homework!!

Teapot, sugar and creamer
Grace Tea Ware
Home Goods

Autumn is in the air and a soft rain has fallen.

What better time could there be for tea on the porch?

We have really enjoyed some of the best times in the Secret Garden this summer.

Whether it was coffee in the mornings, a good book on the porch, or dinner under the gazebo, we have put it to good use.

One of the reasons may be that we have finally finished that last part of the garden.

Well, almost finished.

We moved the iron bench arbor that was being buried by overgrown bushes in the front garden to the lower part of the Secret Garden.

When we first placed the arbor in this spot in the garden it was just perfect. It filled in the corner and added a point of interest.

 We love autumn but, unfortunately, the maple tree that you see to the right of the bench, only turns brown with no extra added fall color. All the color that you see is coming from our neighbor's yard. It is really beautiful and vibrant and makes our garden look so pretty in the fall.  However, it has become a jungle of overgrowth and the arbor was swallowed up and could no longer be seen.

The potting bench has spent a few summers outside and is weathering nicely. It was a gift from the Captain a few years ago.  It was just the right size for this spot against the wood shed.


We hung the old screen door on the front of the wood shed and it designates what the garden is all about.

Now the Secret Garden can be viewed from all angles and once we get some more ideas in place back here it will be a welcome change.

We have something a little different in mind for the fence and will bring more color in and then I think we will have a small area that is pleasing to the eye but will not require a lot of work...

...and at this time in our lives we certainly don't want more work.


"I wouldn't want to make it look like a gardener's garden, all clipped an' spic an' span, would you?  It's nicer like this with things runnin' wild, an' swingin' an catchin' hold of each other."


"Don't let us make it tidy.  It wouldn't seem like a secret garden if it was tidy."

Conversations between Dickon and Mary Lennox 
 "The Secret Garden"
 Frances Hodgson Burnett

I'm sharing today with:


  1. What a G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. garden Judy - the colors - the details - it's just magnificent really - belongs in a magazine ( and in your backyard of course lol )
    I don't see a link for your Facebook?
    I'm on it too - and don't really understand it.
    At. All.
    Pinterest - I'm drowning in pins lol - can't stop myself
    Which is what I'll be doing as soon as I sign off here - pinning all these gorgeous images!!!

  2. It's so beautiful! I love everything especially the heart stones, the blue tea pot and cups, all the flowers and plants. Just lovely! It looks so peaceful and inviting. I can see myself having a cup of tea with you in the Secret Garden while we share...our secrets, of course. Looking forward to more about the Secret Garden. I'm on Pinterest and FB too. My last name is Smith. Be sure to look me up real soon. I'll follow you back.
    God Bless.

  3. Your secret garden looks so pretty. I think I'd spend a lot of time in a place like that and enjoy a lot of dining or tea times there too. I hope you get the Facebook thing figured out. I'm on Facebook but my blog isn't. I just don't have time right now. And I'm also on Pinterest but hardly ever look at it either. I spend a lot of time on my blog and visiting the ones I follow. Commenting and emails take a lot of time. Enjoy the long weekend! Pamela

  4. I love the idea of a Secret Garden! Sounds so fun. Everything looks beautiful and it's fun to change things in the garden too!

  5. Hi Judy,
    I just love your "Secret Garden" and I really like those heart stepping stones, cute! Thanks for sharing your magical space with us.

  6. Your garden is just lovely Judy! What a wonderful place to hide away and read a great book or talk to God. I know you enjoy it. Yes, I think a garden is meant to grow the way it wants...Blessings!

  7. Oh Judy, I just love your secret Garden. It's beautiful and all the pretty things you have in there. I would never leave there. I'm with you, I like things to be natural and growing, not look like they were at the beauty shop all the time.
    Have a wonderful weekend in your Secret Garden.

  8. Congrats on joining FB and Pinterest, Judy. Good for you- I try to stay away from them because I lose track of time and don't get ANYTHING Good luck-
    Your Secret Garden is just absolutely gorgeous- xo Diana

  9. Such a lovely little spot! Makes me long for cooler days and evenings but that's not happening here in OK for a while. We're still experiencing high 90s along with high humidity. Oh, for the cooler days (and beautiful colors!) of fall....I'm anxious for them to be here.

  10. Your secret garden is so beautiful....such a magical place!!!! I can see why you enjoy it so much, I would never want to leave :o)

  11. The garden looks enchanting. I love the lights...they are magical. Even though this isn't FB I am giving you a definite like!

  12. Lovely, lovely. You've done an amazing job of making a charming garden Judy. I do see your blog post and am happy you're on FB because now I can get to know you better. :)

  13. I am in love with your garden! It really is inviting - in fact I think I'll drop over for tea this afternoon! Gardens that look unperfect are the best kind. If a sunflower wants to pop up in the pathway just let it thrive there.

    On the subject of Pinterest... I am a pinterest addict. How am I ever gonna use all those ideas I've pinned? no clue.

    Have a great weekend! Blessings, Edie Marie

  14. I can say this...It is just to gorgeous for words. I could spend the day there, just reading till my hearts content. Ya'll did a wonderful job creating the perfect scenes. I love it.
    Hugs Marie Antoinette

  15. Your garden is lovely and I envy you the sweet little heart pavers. I must find some for my garden.

  16. Such a lovely and peaceful spot!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  17. Judy your gardens could not be more perfect and charming. You and my Mom sure would have fun gardening together. She has the same special touch you do.

  18. Judy,

    Your garden is gorgeous. There are so many wonderful extra touches.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Hi Judy...
    your garden looks just beautiful. I am so envious of your green thumb...I just can't seem to pull anything beyond a window box together. Love that weathered potting is perfect. You look like you are all ready to enjoy some cooler days and evenings in your beautiful outside garden.
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday...enjoy!
    XO Barbara

  20. It's all so beautiful, Judy. I'd love to see it for real!
    Bravo for venturing into pinterest and facebook. I have explored neither, out of fear and lack of time. Perhaps when I retire next year!

  21. Good evening Judy, thank you for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I am now (thanks to you finding me) a follower of your lovely also adding you to my sidebar...One month from today I will once again be steppting into Corgi Cottage, the enchanted home of Tasha Tudor...Sending greetings from Maine, Julie.

  22. You'll love Pinterest and Facebook - a lot of good fun and inspiration there - your garden is so serene - would love to spend time there! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  23. I love your yard and garden, dear Judy! I wish I could share a cup of tea from that beautiful teapot with you.. xo

  24. Judy,
    I am not staking up but I will be catching up a bit with you this morning! I am finally catching a breath since our remodel and then hosting a table at the Harvest tea right afterward plus, as always, working to boot!! I have not idea what I was thinking when i signed on for all of this!!

    Anyways, I LOVE your secret garden and would love to somehow extent the height of our fences to create something like this!!!

    Beautiful, My Friend and I am so sorry that i have not had the time to visit but as i said, i will be spending the day with you today, catching up.....



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