snow covered farm relics in flower bed

Wintery Farm Pocket Garden

Today’s friendship feature is a striking and creative pocket garden. Amongst the many hats that Jan wears, her role as farmer’s wife takes on many dimensions. She and my brother have lived on their farm all of their marriage and have developed it to a large multifaceted operation. When they got married they had a modest house and a large garden. Later, when they built a sizable home, she created manageable flower beds and a narrow pocket garden beside their shop. This small garden is a great place to showcase farm relics and decorative metal interspersed with flower and vegetable plantings. It provides creative function beautifying their farm. Viewed multiple times a day, the garden borders the driveway and the shop, the hub of their farm operation.


snow covered farm relics in flower bed

Snow covered farm relics and decorative metal add winter interest in this pocket flower bed.


decorative metal corn in flower bed

The decorative metal corn stalks are a perfect addition to this corn and wheat farm flower bed. It really adds winter interest under the newly fallen snow. I love the little caps of snow on the heads of corn.


Antique corn sheller

Antique corn sheller is a perfect addition to this farm scene. The colors  pop in the snow, and stand out against the bright red building.


Antique bench

This antique bench would be something I would add to our flower beds. Love the detail! It’s especially beautiful in this snowy setting.

I featured Jan’s surrey a couple of months ago here,when I introduced my creative brother to you.

Surry on scenic farm

Jan warms up Moe to give rides to the family in the surrey. She and brother hosted a prime rib dinner celebrating Mom & Dad’s 60th wedding anniversary.  Everyone enjoyed the lovely dinner and the short ride around their scenic farm.

Here is a peek at the pocket garden this past August. This garden is in full glory in the summer!

vintage pocket garden

This pocket garden runs the length of the shop and provides a creative landscape opportunity on the farm.

Recently Jan and Phil worked on a new project together. Phil and hired hands built a life-sized stable for a live nativity and Jan supplied a menagerie of miniature animals. This new ministry for their church blessed the community this past Christmas.

living nativity

Living nativity standing post in the well-built stable. The lighting makes an attractive backdrop. It lends a magical betrayal of the historical event introducing Emmanuel to the world. God with us! (Photo credit to Mom.)


Living nativity needs a shepherd.

Every flock needs a shepherd to tend to their needs. My brother plays the role well! (Photo credit to Mom.)

Adding these new animals has created an interesting petting zoo for their 4 grandchildren who frequent the farm. I look forward to a visit to their farm to meet Delilah (the miniature cow) and the rest of the new pets. They have the gift of hospitality and welcome a visit anytime we make the trip to visit our folks who live minutes away. The winter scenes in this post were taken just over a year ago when we were back on Christmas Eve. The new fallen snow was a true bonus.

Worship on Christmas Eve

Worship on Christmas Eve with Phil and Jan.

I will leave you with one last winter view of this scenic farm.

winter scene with red barns

Winter scene of the pocket garden filled with sleeping plantings and farm relics. The iconic red barn is majestic accented by new fallen snow.

I love the beauty and creativity of this garden. I’d love to hear what you have in your garden that makes you smile in every season?

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6 Responses to Wintery Farm Pocket Garden

  1. Gretchen Carlson January 14, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the farm/garden tour! Live nativities are a lot of work, but so special for children! The metal corn and stalks for “garden art” are eye-catching and perfect for a Nebraska farm! Did your brother make them? (And, gotta add…the cow’s name,Delilah, is hilarious!)

    • withendlessgrace January 15, 2017 at 8:40 am #

      Good morning, my farm loving friend! I don’t believe Phil made the corn, but I agree that they are very striking! They live on the divide where they dry land farm, but have acres of property on the river bottom as well where they irrigate corn.
      He and his crew worked several weeks on the stable. Jan traveled gathering animals and worked hard to acquire or make the costumes. They had such great feedback from their efforts. The volunteers said they were eager to help next year also. One visitor asked for a Bible, which made their efforts very rewarding!
      Ha, ha, I agree about Delilah! I need to get the full scoop on her story, but it’s something to the effect that when she came to the farm, she apparently had been pampered and would only eat a certain type of feed. They had the outlook, “if she’s hungry she’ll eat”, and sure enough, after a few days of refusing food in her new home she surrendered!

  2. Janet Bamesberger January 15, 2017 at 8:04 am #

    Another beautiful post, Joanne! You pick up that winter beauty so well! Thank you for sharing your creative writing and photos!

    • withendlessgrace January 15, 2017 at 8:45 am #

      Thank you for your sweet and encouraging words. I look forward to sharing the images on your farm that I took from that same snow. I’m thankful we were able to spend that precious Christmas Eve with you and enjoy the new fallen snow together. We don’t have snow here now, but fog and rain instead. I love to enjoy the beauty snow adds to a setting, especially a setting I love so much, like the farm!

  3. Rhonda January 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    I love Phil and Jan’s place and their farmy, creative flair. Their living nativity is outstanding! You captured it all so well. What a special farm and family!

    • withendlessgrace February 7, 2017 at 7:00 am #

      You share a lot of the same loves and would probably be friends if you lived in the same community. I knew you would love all their menagerie of animals! Thanks for sharing sweet words.

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