Wednesday, January 9, 2013

On the Farm - Harmony Garden


We wanted a quiet place on our farm where we could be part of nature as it unfolds throughout the day.  We enjoy watching our flying friends frolicking and drinking nectar from flowers, frogs hopping in and out of the water, birds chirping in nearby trees, water fowls flapping their wings as they skim the surface of the pond water, and sunlight slowly receding behind the mountain.  Before we began designing our garden, we decided that it would be simple and everything within the garden would have its own characteristic, yet be connected to one another. We named it Harmony Garden.  

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Harmony Garden

Cedarmere Farm
Harmony Garden


Harmony Garden
from our beveled glass dining room window

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Harmony Garden


our flying friends are perfectly comfortable
sharing their space with us

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Harmony Garden

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Harmony Garden

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Harmony Garden

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Harmony Garden

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Harmony Garden

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Harmony Garden



Garden Shed

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Harmony Garden
The spot we chose happened to have a very old
and run down shed that was used to store firewood. This shed was built with materials available on the farm.  We stripped it
of all its add-ons over the years and discovered that it was a very sturdy and quaint structure.  We decided that this rustic shed would be the cornerstone of our garden as well as
our shelter from rain and summer heat.



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Harmony Garden
   With a constant breeze, a beautiful
   view of the mountain and the
   reflections of the mountain and trees
   on our pond, this is one of our
   favorite spots to relax on our farm.



Boulders

Next, we decided that boulders would be the anchor of our garden.  Kenny Lowry and his crew from Southern Grace (Madison, Virginia; see Kenny's 12/7/12 Post) found beautiful boulders in our woods and artfully placed them in the center of our garden.  We used lots of stones of all sizes from both the mountain and the river throughout.  We love stones because they give our garden structure and something interesting to look at in the winter.

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Harmony Garden

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Harmony Garden


Walkway

From these boulders, a gently winding walkway, loosely resembles the Yin & Yang symbol, takes us to various smaller gardens within Harmony Garden.


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Harmony Garden

each little garden within Harmony Garden
has its own theme and unique features 


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wild flower garden



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dry stream

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stone bridge over dry stream flanked by lavender















Some flowers from Harmony Garden


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in the photo on the left, my husband is feeding our cows

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Can you believe that all of these flowers bloomed a few months after they were planted?  And from seeds and bulbs, no less!  Flowers thrive in the rich soil and temperate climate of this part of Virginia.  It was hard work preparing the soil, but incredibly exhilarating and rewarding.  We have added more seeds and have planted a number of perennials.  We can't wait to see what our garden will look like in the Spring.  


Our view from Harmony Garden

pond and mountain
From Harmony Garden, we have a beautiful view of our pond and the mountain beyond.

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Harmony Garden
   

The Adirondack chairs you see in the picture above are right next to the garden shed.  This is where we sit when the weather is nice.  In front of these chairs is a sunken stone fireplace to keep us warm (it's large enough to have a pig roast too!).  This is also an ideal gathering place for late night stories around a bonfire.  From these chairs, we can look across our pond and be mesmerized by the gentle flow of water coming down a waterfall into the pond from a little hill beyond.  The waterfall is to the right of the wooden shed.

waterfall


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waterfall across the pond

It's difficult to truly appreciate how beautiful the waterfall is from this picture.  I will share with you pictures of our waterfall in a few weeks; it will be a treat, I promise.

some of our visitors

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A pair of geese visited briefly, but didn't stay.  While we hope they would come again in the Spring, we dread the mess they will make.  A great blue heron and a bufflehead duck have also discovered that we had just stocked our pond with fish.  We are sure they will come back for more.  Now that our pond is full of fish, we can just sit back and wait for more visitors to come and partake in the feast. 


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A fantastic sight that we love to watch is when several Purple Martins dive bomb from the sky and skim the surface of the pond water.  It's amazing to see how fast these little feathered creatures can fly and the splash they make when they skim the water.  Purple Martins are the largest North American swallows: they average about 20 cm (7.9 in) from bill to tail.  They are agile and incredibly fast.  It's simply mesmerizing to watch them enter their housing.  They would dive from the sky at great speeds, their wings tucked, then, with uncanny accuracy, disappear behind the holes to their housing.


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We are very blessed
to have been able to create
a little piece of heaven on earth

                   Christa

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos Crista! All your lavender sachets sold and Marnie hopes you can make some more for us.

    xo Jane

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    1. Thanks Jane. We had so much fun designing the Harmony Garden. It's still a work in progress. I would love to get some advice from you. I hope you will have a chance to visit our farm in the Spring. You will love it! I have ordered more organza bags and will make the lavender sachets as soon as they arrive. Would you let Marnie know I will make petite Valentines wreaths for her too? I will see you soon. Christa

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