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.
I featured Jan’s surrey a couple of months ago here,when I introduced my creative brother to you.
Here is a peek at the pocket garden this past August. This garden is in full glory in the summer!
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.
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.
I will leave you with one last winter view of this scenic farm.
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?