Thursday, October 30, 2014

Good Fences and Virginia Creeper


I loved this sweet little barn and nearby fence. It looks like a happy barn to me, the kind that should be in a children's picture book.

And here is the beautiful Virginia Creeper
and gorgeous weathered barn boards


Entrance to the hay loft




I love this stuff.



And now a word about Virginia Creeper:

My failed trellis experiment

I wanted the trellis on the west side of our house so that Virginia Creeper, which creeps along every other fence we have without any encouragement whatsoever, would creep onto the trellis and look pretty in all it's green/red/purplish leafiness on the side of the house. Instead of waiting for nature to plant it, as it does elsewhere, I actually transplanted little plants to the soil at the side of the house and as they grew, I gently forced guided their stubborn little tendrils onto the trellis. They refused to stay there, refused to continue growing, and after a couple seasons, I gave up. We bricked in the soil to cover any reminder of that disastrous experiment (It had its chance!) and covered it with a barn door and vintage sign. Okay, I don't know that it's vintage, but it could be, for there have been pedestrians ever since Adam and Eve walked in the garden. The sign may have come later.

I have no idea why there is now a ladder against the back door or why an axe is standing there. I tried to pick up the axe the other day and the head fell off. My daughter, standing nearby, accused me of being an 'axe murderer.' 

Yes, that one.
With Darling Snuggly Buggly Baby


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58 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh how that last photo makes me long for grandbabies to spoil!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love the vegetation growing up the side of the barn!!

Deb said...

What a beautiful barn. I notice them all the time when driving in the country. There are some beauties in our neck of the woods, too. Virginia Creeper is a wonderful accent to any building. Is there anything more precious than a grand-baby? Deb

Tanya Breese said...

oh that is a sweet barn and you have a beautiful daughter and grandbaby!

Lynne said...

I really like this Little Weathered White/Gray Barn . . .
and the Virginia Creeper creeping where it wants to creep! And the lovely daughter and snugly baby . . . an extra treat . . . nice fence row too . . .

Pamela Gordon said...

What a beautiful barn! The fence and the gorgeous Virginia Creeper add texture to the whole scene. I tried to grow a Virginia Creeper this summer and it also refused to attach itself to the cedar rail fence that I was expecting it to climb all over. I will protect it this winter and hope it springs back in the spring. Your grand baby is adorable all bundled up on her mummy's knee. Enjoy the day.

Arlene Grimm said...

I love the barn and that briliant blue sky! Beautiful! But any picture of a precious babe all bundled up gets me every time.

Buttons said...

Oh it looks like a happy barn to me so pretty.
Oh you are truly blessed with a beautiful daughter and grandbaby. That shot makes me smile.Hug B

Margaret Adamson said...

I love the old barn and all the beautiful foliage growing around it and the fence. You had a beautiful daughter and child.

magnoliasntea said...

Love, love the barn and Virginia Creeper. Our youngest lives in Virginia so I'm familiar with it. It must have a mind of its own, as they say, lol. Your daughter has a great sense of humor, and the sweet grandbaby is too precious. Have a wonderful day!

Sandra said...

Your photos today get A for Awesome! i love the two fence shots.. wow. bob battles that VA creeper and you don't want to hear his words.. down here it will take over everything in the yard, our pine trees have it 40 feet in the air, he kills it at the root, then the dead leaves blow in the pool. that said it is one of the most beautiful of weeds and i got a big kick out of you trying to force it to grow where you want it to... that snuggly buggly baby is precious

September Violets said...

Your daughter has your same sense of humour! Love the barn with a bit of moss growing on the roof. It looks empty though :( Wendy x

Artsy VaVa said...

I love that barn. The Virginia Creeper will probably surprise you and come up and cover your pretty decor! Have a lovely day.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

axe murderer...SO funny!! Virginia Creeper is beautiful but not on buildings; it'll take down a building in too few years. Lovely barn but needs a roof and a bit of siding replaced...sorry, as a farmer, I see needful chores when I look at buildings and fences -lol-.
Give the beautiful youngin' a smooch for me, what a perfect child!

Debby Ray said...

Judy, these photos are absolutely gorgeous! The whole scene looks like something out of a book. And I just want to pinch those darling cheeks of Snuggly Buggly :)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Sweet daughter and grand! And you know I'm a sucker for a nice barn!

Linda Kay said...

Judy, so enjoyed your pictures of the barn and the fencing and all. I noted the small door in the top of the barn, and it reminds me of hay baling when I was a kid on the farm.

TexWisGirl said...

first off, before i forget, that last photo is so sweet. axe murderer cracked me up!! LOVE the barn, the old weathered fencing, the finicky vinery. that made me laugh, too. :)

Marie said...

Just such a wonderful barn and fence with the Virginia Creeper! So rustic and weathered and Autumn-lovely! Love the shot with your child also, and thought the axe-murderer comment was so clever! :-)

bj said...

Love the little cute barn...we all love olden barns and old fences.....OOO...and babies. :)

Bethany Carson said...

Your daughter is beautiful and the granddaughter is adorable! What a lovely old barn and weathered fence...and awesome colors in the flowers in front of your trellis!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

That is a pretty weathered old barn and fence! And a beautiful daughter and baby!

Tori Leslie said...

Beautiful photos. It would be lovely just to stroll around and see the sights there, just lovely.

Donna said...

What a grand old barn. Virginia creeper is so stunning this time of year with the vibrant red color. I had to laugh about your experiment in planting it. It sure didn't want to cooperate!

Karen S. said...

All beautiful and adorable photos, and I like your play with the title just in time for Halloweenie!

Ginny said...

Your grandbaby is so adorable, I just want to kiss those cheeks all over. Your creeper pictures are so pretty. Very appropriate to show CREEPERS on the day before Halloween! And it IS funny that you transplanted and tried to grow a hated invasive plant! BUT I agree with you, I love most kinds of plants, whether invasive or not! YIKES, you could have cut your toe off when the ax dropped!!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, such a sweet Grandbaby....Love the red vine crawling up the fence, looks great. Blessings Francine.

georgettesullins said...

You can tell you love this "stuff" in this post...the barn, the fence and the feathery pasture grass. I like that you suggested it's the kind of place you would find a children's book. Nice composition in each photo and your daughter and grandbaby photo are precious. Thank you for reminding me about VA creeper.

Ida said...

Very charming barn with the Virginia Creeper. It's such a colorful plant. - Great fence shots too. Sorry about your failed experiment. I bet that would have looked amazing.
Your daughter and grandbaby are very cute.

Lorrie said...

Isn't it ironic how some things grow where we don't want them and others won't grow where we plant them? Nature does have her way. We used to have a Virginia creeper along a fence. It grew like crazy. I loved the colour of it in the fall.
Sweet baby snuggles are such a blessing.

Terri D said...

I always love your photos from around the farm and your beautiful surrounding area. The weathered barn boards are gorgeous. Seriously.

The best photo is that last one, of the snugly little baby with your lovely daughter! I couldn't help but notice that she is holding the baby the same way you are holding your sweet kitty!! :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a precious baby...such happy times. But...I think I would move the axe! lol Enjoy your day! Hugs!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

I used to be quite a good basket weaver back in the day. Virginia Creeper was my favorite weaving material.

Lovely barn. Pretty baby.

Going to go sew a rodent now.

eileeninmd said...

I love he barn and the creeper, it turns a lovely color this time of year! Your daughter and baby are beautiful! Great fence post!

L. D. said...

Such a sweet little bear.

Jeanne said...

Wonderful Pictures!!!!
Isn't it funny how the wild things grow where they want to grow? You can't tame them.

Ruth Kelly said...

Looks like your area has some pretty sturdy fences.

Balisha said...

I've tried and tried to get Virginia Creeper to climb on things in our woods. It always grows where I don't want it to grow. I love your pictures...old barns are the most interesting. They make for beautiful paintings and photos.
Balisha

Felicia said...

that is a great barn, love the virginia creeper oh and that rustic fence is great.

sorry about your failed gardening experience but I had to laugh about the axe.

Snugly bugly is adorable.

NanaDiana said...

Maybe you should have planted WISCONSIN CREEPER instead of VIRGINIA CREEPER? just sayin'.....lol Don't feel bad- I am the only person in the world I know that can't grow Morning Glory! lol

Great pictures and that baby is just adorable! xo Diana

EG CameraGirl said...

Strangely enough, I once tried to plant Virginia creeper on a fence and it wouldn't take. BUT I have Virginia creeper growing in places all over my yard where I don't want it. Love the barn!

Judy S. said...

Great photos, Judy. Loved the one of the grandbaby! Isn't it crazy how some plants will grown wherever they aren't wanted?

Nancy Shuman said...

A happy barn - I love that! :) And what a beautiful daughter and grandchild.

bailey-road.com said...

I love the barn. The red Virginia Creeper looks so pretty against the weathered wood.

Muffy's Marks said...

So I guess it isn't always 'grow where you're planted' That's what you get for fooling with Mother Nature!!!! Happy Hauntings!!

Cattails said...

Such a charming barn and pretty VA creeper. Best of all, I love your daughter and granddaughter. So very precious. Wishing you a wonderful weekend

Nancy said...

I love your daughter's sense of humor!

Fantastic photos.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love the color of the Virginia Creeper in the fall and how it climbs up the barn and fence. Too bad you couldn't get it to climb up your trellis.
Your daughter and her baby are darling!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a lovely weathered barn and fence and I do love your story and vintage sign :) The best photo is that darling duo - daughter and baby - pure love there. Enjoy your weekend! xo Karen

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The Virginia creeper is such a pretty color and looks so nice against the old white barn. I guess it does not liek to be transplanted, but maybe will migrate to your trellis on its own one day?

Your grandbaby is so adorable!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous images!

Denise said...

Awesome.

Michelle F said...

That old barn looks great!

`axe murderer`...LOL

Love the grandbaby!

Roan said...

LOL on the axe murderer. Beautiful last shot! Love the barn, fences, and the Virginia Creeper. Loved your post!

Tom said...

Great shots, Virginia Creeper or Woodbine as we call it sure is colorful in fall. Tom The Backroads Traveller

happywonderer said...

Very nice series of photos. Such a sweet cuddly photo, too. Visiting today from the Barn Collective...

annepayne said...

That's a great barn for a children's book!

Amy Burzese said...

A nice barn with Virginia to adorn it. too bad she wouldn't grow on your trellis.

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