Monday, April 25, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Many colors of azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, oak and pine trees grace the natural area leading up to their home.
The old millstone was under an old oak tree at Joan's grandparents home. Loving old things Dale salvaged it before the home was sold probably knowing he would find the perfect spot to keep it in the family and preserve it's history.
This gorgeous statuary sets the stage for the next vista.
This photo does not do the arbor justice.
To the right of the arbor is a large viburnum full of luscious blossoms.
The splendor of the beautiful day and spring flowers was delightful.
This plant is Mountain Laurel which Dale dug up from the woods at his farm. It is a native species of Alabama and the Southeast.
I told her that my camera could not capture what God's eyes could see. What I was viewing with my eyes was so much more beautiful than the photograph.
This was Joan's mother's bench on the other side of the Japanese Maple. I'm sure many prayers of praise have been prayed here. Close up of ram in background in next pic.
There is a story behind each vignette. A shopping trip together exploring usually is a fruitful addition to their garden. They enjoy traveling together and find great treasures near and far.
The ram depicts the sacrifice God provided to Abraham for Isaac, and is a garden symbol from the Roman days.
These ladies are from Joan's mother's garden. Mrs. Warren toiled in her garden joyfully and it was beautiful also.
It takes tremendous planning and backbreaking work to create a garden.
According to Dale, the 80 gallon cast iron syrup kettle now made into a fountain came from an "old syrup making family " in Samson, Alabama. It was manufactured in Chattanooga. Dale remembers every detail and it is fascinating to hear the history behind all the pieces. Notice the figure in the background.
This antique cast iron jockey holding a lantern was always admired by Dale and was gifted to him by Miss Elizabeth Ballard's estate a number of years ago. It stood at the end of her doorsteps for as long as he can recall. She was a family friend and later a client.
I learned these posts are called bollards. These French cast iron bollards were bought over 20 years ago at an antique store in Montgomery, Alabama. The attached heavy chain was moved from their farm.
As you meander down the brick path various varieties of camellias greet you.
The front porch fretwork for Kate’s playhouse was taken from the Edwards home (Joan's great grandmother and father’s home) at the intersection of Edwards Street and Daleville Avenue where the present Citizens Bank is standing. It was demolished to make way for the bank and the porch columns, baluster rail and gingerbread all came from the front porch of the Edwards home.I had a fit over these cute bunnies!
The gable eve work standing next to the door of the playhouse also came from the Edwards home.
Buckeye plant native to Alabama and the southeast.
Joan adds, "that their garden and all of nature really, feeds her soul." When I walk through it and see God's creation in the flowers and shining through the sun dappled trees I immediately think of the song, Hallelujah by Chris Rice." View it here.
The love and passion for this beautiful garden shines through.
I know you can see how talented and knowledgable Dale and Joan are. They are very special friends of mine. Thank you Joan and Dale for allowing me to share your garden. It was indeed a pleasure for all of us.
Blessings to you today, Bonnie
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