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Julie’s Place: A Garden Tour

My friend Julie is pretty awesome.  I’ve known her for 4 years, and she’s really been a mentor to me over that time.  She’s given me advice on everything from teaching, parenting, scrapbooking, gardening, marriage and just life in general.  We even took a trip together last summer.
The other day, I was at her house, and as I drove down the lane, I decided I HAD to take some pictures to show you.  Julie didn’t know I was going to do it, so you get a real life glimpse of her yard as it might look on the hottest day of the summer.
After miles of seeing this…

…you are greeted by this lane.  Sigh.  I can’t believe places like this exist in real life!
It reminds me of Anne of Green Gables, when Anne and Matthew are driving through the apple blossoms.  Or Boone Hall Plantation.

You would think that’s as storybook-like as it comes, and then you see the geese crossing the lane to cool off in the pond.
Finally, through the trees, you can see this border
and then the house.

The beds surrounding the house are full of cozy little places to sit.  No matter what time of day, you can find a shady spot to relax.
To the north of the house is the “shop.”  It used to be a gift shop, but is now home to Julie’s Creative Memories business.  It is, essentially a big craft studio/office.
Beyond that, a working farm!
And a working farmer…
To the south, a fenced in area for Julie’s twin grandsons.  These are some lucky 4 year olds!  Who would want to leave Grandma’s with a set-up like this?
And plenty of room for Julie to sit and watch them play.
Farther to the south, the farm pond:
And the lane is equally as beautiful driving from the house as driving towards it.

Hope you enjoyed Julie’s garden tour!  I always do!

Shared at:
Amaze Me Monday at Dittle, Dattle
Farmhouse Friday

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  1. Uber-jealous! I'd love to be able to just drive by and look!

  2. It sure is a lovely place and yes that driveway is pretty amazing!

    Thanks stay cool!

  3. Oh, yes!! What a wonderful place to visit and I'm sure she works hard to keep it that way.

  4. Wow, I love it! I hope our place looks half that good some day! Love the Creative Memories place too. Does she host retreats?

  5. That is beautiful it is like the cover of Home & Garden. THank you for sharing!

  6. Yes I did enjoy the tour. She really has some nice gardens. I an glad you enjoy them also

  7. WOW. I'm feeling something...Yep, it's crazy JEALOUSY! (c: Absolutely stunning! She is one lucky lady, it looks like the perfect little life!

    P.S. I saw your bookcase/dresser on P&P...AMAZING! What a brilliant idea!!!

  8. What a beautiful place! I would LOVE living (or even visiting) such a great place. :)

  9. I did enjoy that tour! I also love the pic of the farmhouse at the top of your blog! Sounds like you have a cozy life too! I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  10. Thanks for the tour! Now I have more ideas for our place----I love the little resting spots she has!
    Come over to visit my new blog at Pine Needle Hill. I have a post about our driveway...we have pine trees in the middle of the Iowa cornfields!
    Hugs from CC, Iowa,

  11. Oh, swoon! Beautiful pictures!

  12. That gorgeous farm ages as gracefully as its owners!

  13. Oh my.

    These photos make me want to meet both of you and to walk around this beautiful place.

    What a blessed friendship to have, and I loved your term mentor.

    Enjoyed visiting,

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