Category Archives: garden

Spring: Barren County

Scenes from a day in Barren County, Kentucky…

Sunrise Lilacs. “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” ~T.S. Eliot

Earth Day Lilac Season by OliveLoaf Design

A Tiny Turtle Spotted at the Lake {Box Turtle, Barren River Lake}.

Tiny Turtle by OliveLoaf Design

Delicate Bleeding Heart Blooms.

Bleeding Heart Blooms by OliveLoaf Design

New Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the Valley Blooms by OliveLoaf Design

A Study of Bird and Insect Designed Dwellings.

Bird Insect Dwellings by OliveLoaf Design

A Young Little Brown Bat Visits the Porch.


Be Still…and You Will Hear It.

Be Still by OliveLoaf Design

“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.” ~Terri Guillemets

Tints of Autumn

Fall flowers need love too! This mum plant was small last year when planted, and its autumn blooms this season are now almost four feet around. I hope they last – the weather man it talking frost soon. Happy Friday, friends!

Yellow Peach Mums by OliveLoaf Design

“The tints of autumn…a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier

Fall Mums by OliveLoaf Design

{Photo: OliveLoaf Design}


End of Summer

Sigh, the end of summer. Some final shots of the season from our beloved Bob Hill’s Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Butterfly Chair by OliveLoaf Design

Cabbage White Butterfly in Purple Asters

Cabbage White Butterfly in Purple Asters by OliveLoaf Design

Happy Bee on Aeonome

Happy Bee on Aeonome by OliveLoaf Design

{Photos: OliveLoaf Design}

Weekend Blooms

For your viewing pleasure, a lovely little group of blooms at le homestead {Hot Samba Purslane, Celosia, Lantana & Lavender Vinca, with flowering Basils behind}. I hope you have an excellent holiday weekend friends!

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”  ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Homestead Blooms by OliveLoaf Design{Photo: OliveLoaf Design}

Balanced Universe

A study of bees amongst the Sulphur Cosmos one late afternoon at le homestead…


The word Cosmos is derived from the Greek, which means a balanced universe.


That’s a lovely sentiment for these blooms as they are so low-maintenance; a counter balance to the hard work the rest of le gardens require.


They simply return every year, warmly received by grateful bees and humans.


“For bees, the flower is the fountain of life, for flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.” ~Kahlil Gibran