Monday, August 6, 2007


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Each day I pass by quite a few barns on my way to work.
One day I had a 'lightbulb moment' and I finally decided to count them.
There are no less than 25 barns…most of which are in varying states of disrepair.

I’m a bit of a barn freak…I pretty much love
all of the barns I see, whether they’re in good shape
or bad. There’s something magical about a barn, about what
could be inside the barn. And the decrepit barns always make
me wonder how they must have looked in years gone by, when
they were new. I think old barns have character.

Here is a sampling of some of the barns I pass by each day.

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June 2007 125

TONS upon tons the brown-green fragrant hay
O'erbrims the mows beyond the time-warped eaves,
Up to the rafters where the spider weaves,
Though few flies wander his secluded way.
Through a high chink one lonely golden ray,
Wherein the dust is dancing, slants unstirred.
In the dry hush some rustlings light are heard,
Of winter-hidden mice at furtive play.

Far down, the cattle in their shadowed stalls,
Nose-deep in clover fodder's meadowy scent,
Forget the snows that whelm their pasture streams,
The frost that bites the world beyond their walls.
Warm housed, they dream of summer, well content
In day-long contemplation of their dreams.

Roberts, Charles G. D. (1860-1943)

More views from Fordhook Farm…….

Burpee Bouquet

I had such a hard time deciding which photos to post yesterday, so thought I’d add more today. Here for your viewing pleasure….

Secret Pathway

Hidden Pathway

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A bit out-of-focus, but I couldn’t resist…….

Seed Barn

Antique Seed Barn

Purple Smoke Bush

Purple Smoke Bush – (I thought the foliage was so pretty)

Porch view 1

Side porch view

Shade Garden

A Carolina Shade Garden

Ligularia Dentata Othello

Ligularia Dentata Othello (for MaryPat)

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Saturday at a Special Garden......

Yesterday and today, Fordhook Farm
home of W. Atlee Burpee, scion of the famous Burpee Seed Company, celebrated ‘Fordhook in Bloom” and was open to the public. The property, 60 acres dating from the 1700s, is vastly beautiful and includes a large farmhouse, a huge antique seed barn, spring houses, greenhouses, a cook's garden, test gardens, a pond, vegetable and kitchen gardens, just about everything a garden-lover could want. There were garden tours and plant sales, and hot dogs, hamburgers and cold beverages, served at tables decorated with beautiful bouquets of flowers, under the shade of a huge white tent. The heat and humidity didn’t seem to keep the plantaholics away. For sure, it didn’t deter us.

This wonderful place, (which is right around the corner from my office), is open to the public only a few times a year. The main farmhouse, The Inn at Fordhook Farm, was in the past a Bed and Breakfast, but now is only used by the family for out-of-town guests. We were tickled when we found it open to the public today. Rumor has it the inn is haunted by the ghost of a Hessian soldier, but we saw no signs of him.

Our trip to Fordhook Farm was a refreshing way to spend a hot, muggy, sunny Saturday morning in August.

Enjoy the photos!

THE Lord God planted a garden
In the first white days of the world,

And He set there an angel warden
In a garment of light enfurled.

So near to the peace of Heaven,
That the hawk might nest with the wren,

For there in the cool of the even
God walked with the first of men.

And I dream that these garden-closes
With their shade
and their sun-flecked sod
And their lilies and bowers of roses,
Were laid by the hand of God.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,--

One is nearer God's heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.

For He broke it for us in a garden

Under the olive-trees

Where the angel of strength was the warden

And the soul of the world found ease.

~~~~Dorothy Frances Gurney