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In the Garden of Sylvestermouse

Updated on May 23, 2016
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I find peace in gardening and spending time in my own backyard. Take a walk in my garden and see the beauty of my surroundings for yourself

My Garden In My Own Backyard

Join me for a walk in my garden, which happens to be my own backyard.

Everyone needs a great away. A place where peace and serenity can readily be found. For my husband and me, we can find that place in our own backyard.

We both appreciate the great outdoors and all of the animals that live there. If we can just clear our minds of the days stresses and the little jobs that still await us, we can enjoy our own little paradise by simply slipping out our own back door.

All Photos by Sylvestermouse

Jane Magnolia by Sylvestermouse
Jane Magnolia by Sylvestermouse | Source

One Precious Gift in My Garden

Jane Magnolia in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

While some people struggle to find gifts to give to one another, around our home you really don't have to look very far to figure out what would be the perfect present. We love trees and flowers. When the two are combined, it is truly precious.

In the linked article about our Jane Magnolia, I tell the story of one perfect gift and one precious giver!

Flowering Pear Tree by Sylvestermouse
Flowering Pear Tree by Sylvestermouse | Source

The Dancers in My Garden

Flowering Pear Trees in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

Perhaps it is a little fantastical, but when I watch these lovely limbs blowing in the spring breeze, they look like they are engaged in a dance.

I only wish I had the grace, poise, beauty and charm of this magnificent enchantress.

Please visit the linked article to find out more about our Flowering Pear Trees.

Alexander Magnolia Tree by Sylvestermouse
Alexander Magnolia Tree by Sylvestermouse | Source

So Much Beauty in My Garden

Alexander Magnolia Tree in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

To help create the peaceful setting in our backyard, we surround ourselves with beauty.

This lovely Alexander Magnolia tree blooms in the Spring and makes our hearts rejoice.

I would love to tell you about this tree and why it is one of my personal favorites.

Yoshino Cherry Tree by Sylvestermouse
Yoshino Cherry Tree by Sylvestermouse | Source

The Messenger in My Garden

Yoshino Cherry Tree in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

You never know what will bear a special message and speak directly to your heart. Because it is unexpected, it tends to take your breath away and leave you moved beyond words. That is exactly what happened to me on Good Friday, 2010.

As I stepped into my backyard that morning, I was not anticipating anything out of the ordinary. I just planned to take a quick picture of our Yoshino Cherry tree.

Follow me to the article link below the photo and let me tell you about my little messenger.

Red Maple Tree
Red Maple Tree | Source

Brilliant Beauty in My Garden

Red Maple Trees in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

My Red Maple trees are indeed brilliant beauties! Each year, in the fall, a gorgeous portrait is painted by the hand of God in our front yard.

Over the years, we have been "gifted" a few more Red Maple trees that we, ourselves, did not purchase. They just "arrived" in my flower pots and we transferred them to our yard.

Red Maple trees can share your life with you, literally, because their average life is 70+ years. Oh, and these trees will get gigantic! They grow up to 60 ft. tall. You can learn more about the Red Maple tree in the article linked below the photo.

Join me as we take a closer look at my Red Maple trees.

Just a Few of Our Friends Over for Dinner

Just a Few of Our Friends Over for Dinner
Just a Few of Our Friends Over for Dinner
Bat Plant in the Garden of Sylvestermouse
Bat Plant in the Garden of Sylvestermouse | Source

Flower Gardening in Containers and Pots in My Garden

Container Gardening in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

I will readily admit, container gardening has saved my sanity!

My pups like to romp all over the back yard. Nothing on the ground is spared from their paws and other actions.

Not only do the pots allow me to have flowers that will co-exist with our pets; I love the versatility of pots. They can easily be moved or rearranged in order to ensure a beautiful presentation.

Be sure you take a close look at the Bat Plant featured in this article. It is a very unusual flower!

Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon | Source

Inviting Guests to My Garden

Rose of Sharon in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

My lovely Rose of Sharon is literally right next to my back door.

It's blooms serve as our home's welcoming committee, but not only does it greet guests as they enter our home, it invites them.

Want to know how it invites guests? You can see exactly what I mean in the article below :)

Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You! This Was Our Guest of Honor

Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You! This Was Our Guest of Honor
Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You! This Was Our Guest of Honor
Morning Glory
Morning Glory | Source

One Good Morning Greeting in My Garden

Morning Glories in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

Another precious gift!

This sweet little flower represents so much more to me than just a morning greeting. When I see the Morning Glory blooms I can still remember my precious little boy planting it for me years ago.

Each year it returns to send greetings of love!

Even In the Winter There is Beauty in My Garden

Even In the Winter There is Beauty in My Garden
Even In the Winter There is Beauty in My Garden
Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree | Source

A Different Kind of Christmas Tree in My Garden

Christmas Trees in the Garden of Sylvestermouse

Some of my favorite memories of my childhood surround our many Christmas trees, not just the lights and gifts, but the gift of life.

As a child, I was taught to respect life, even the life of a tree.

The article below will give you a brief glimpse of one way we celebrate Christmas and life.

Perhaps, it will even give you a few ideas for gifts.

One Last Look at All That Is Here in My Garden

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Jane Magnolia TreeFlowering Pear TreeAlexander Magnolia TreeRose of Sharon BushMorning GloryChristmas TreeRed Maple TreeContainer GardeningYoshino Cherry Tree
Jane Magnolia Tree
Jane Magnolia Tree
Flowering Pear Tree
Flowering Pear Tree
Alexander Magnolia Tree
Alexander Magnolia Tree
Rose of Sharon Bush
Rose of Sharon Bush
Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree
Red Maple Tree
Red Maple Tree
Container Gardening
Container Gardening
Yoshino Cherry Tree
Yoshino Cherry Tree

Plan Your Own Back Yard Garden Paradise

How to Paint Your Own Garden Figurines
How to Paint Your Own Garden Figurines | Source

Decorative Painted Concrete Figures in My Garden

Like my Little Friends in the Introduction Photo

Many years ago, I started painting my own garden figurines to set around my garden. Now, my work can be viewed in several gardens in our area as I have gifted friends and family with their own Hand-painted by Sylvestermouse originals.

It is not that hard to paint them and I find it rather therapeutic. More than anything, I enjoy sharing my work. Since I cannot send a figurine to all of my friends and readers online, I have shared How to Paint Your Own Garden Figurines. I truly hope you have as much fun and get as much joy as I do out of painting and decorating your own gardens.

Your Walk in My Garden

So Tell Me, Which was Your Favorite Feature

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Thank you for stopping by!

Do Come Back and See Me Again!

~ Sylvestermouse ~

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      A beautiful garden. I'm looking forward to the new additions in our garden this year. Getting excited already :)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      You have created your very own paradise. Everyone needs an oasis to soothe the soul. It was a pleasure to absorb this beauty and spend a few moments soaking up the serenity.

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      7 years ago from UK

      What a lovely garden and a beautiful magnolia, I love magnolias! Love your guest of honor too !

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      7 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Thank you for the tour! I really enjoyed being here and I won `t forget to come back and relax :D

    • LluviaDeArte profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you, I feel like I went to your house directly to visit. I love this, great photos. Thank you for writing it.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      8 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Such a lovely garden! I would want to sit in it all throughout the year. :)

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      8 years ago

      What a lovely garden. I have been in my garden today and feel as if I'm now awaiting a sudden burst of color. I'm looking out of the window and I see two little plump robins having a great time feeding on all the insects I have disturbed!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Your garden truly does look like a very relaxing place to rest and relax (and if you are a bird or a chipmunk then to grab a snack lol.) We have many birds visit the fruit trees in our backyard and it helps to keep the bug population down on them. I would love to put out feeders but one of our neighbors has a few cats that roam the neighborhood so I don't want to put the birds here in any more danger.

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      8 years ago

      So beautiful ! My boyfriend and I live in a small bsmt suite and were just discussing having a garden in the future. Your garden and knowledge give me inspiration:)

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      Allison Whitehead 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the walk around your garden. Curious to see what other people's gardens look like!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful! The picture of the frozen ice is Stunning.

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      darciefrench lm 

      8 years ago

      How lovely of you to share your beautiful backyard retreat with us :)

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      8 years ago

      I love gardening too - thanks for sharing the lovely photos ! I used to grow antique roses, one was originated from the kind named after Empress Josephine, one was originated from the War of the Roses, and more -

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      9 years ago

      Wow! What a beautiful garden! I love all your flowering trees. I wish I had the room for them.

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      Fay Favored 

      9 years ago from USA

      Love to have a spot to sit in your yard. So much activity with your guests! :)

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      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      What a blessing to have such a gorgeous backyard! Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed taking a peak at your garden.

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      Lisa Morris 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful Sylvestermouse Gardens.

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      9 years ago

      Your garden and trees are beautiful. My favorite is your morning glory and I am headed to read more of its story now.

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      9 years ago

      I love your garden and the flowers in it! Very beautiful!

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      Winter52 LM 

      9 years ago

      I think that I could sit in your garden for hours and hours. It must be so incredibly peaceful back there!! Love it. (Even love your winter shot!)

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      High Five for the beauty of Spring I find on the page!

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      9 years ago

      Another lovely lens! Love your garden! Is that a chipmunk? He looks big compared to the ones I've seen around here :)

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      9 years ago

      What a beautiful garden! I am dying to have my own garden!!!! Next house definitely (God Willing) :) Blessed!

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      9 years ago

      It was lovely! Thank you.

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      9 years ago

      magnificent. My partner and I also seek solace in our own backyard. Yours is very much appreciated, too.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: Ah, my friend, you are singing one of my favorite hymns to me. Frequently I sing that very song while I am planting my flowers or just walking among the trees :)

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      10 years ago

      "I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses..." Precious, my dear!

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      11 years ago

      What a nice lensography of your backyard lenses. I will have to visit them all. We love our backyard too. We're having a new roof installed, so the birds and critters are pretty mad at us right now. Hopefully things will settle back into a quiet routine soon. Congratulations on your purple star.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      11 years ago from California

      I was sure I read this before...but looks like I didn't. I like your yard...your guests and that one little blue flower that brings you good memories :)

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      11 years ago

      Everyone should have a backyard retreat. I sit in my backyard and watch the birds flutter around the birdfeeder, admire my flowers and watch the weeds grow.

      Thanks for sharing.


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      11 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Enjoyed the lovely trees in your backyard (& furry & feathered friends). Congratulations on your Purple Star! Have a nice summer! :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful lens! Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      11 years ago

      I love your attitude of friendship with flowers and animals! Congratulations on Da Purple Star! Well deserved!

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      11 years ago

      See how wonderful you are, people that show that much love for natures beauty says something wonderful about the person! Congratulations on your purple star, well deserving!!

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      11 years ago

      I love that winter Polaroid shot! What a beautiful lens!

      Thank you for sharing...and thank you for commenting on my

      Strawberry-Rhubarb jam lens...I appreciate it!

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      11 years ago

      Just a truly great story from a lovely person. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and added to Save Planet Earth

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      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      You have so many beautiful plants in your yard!

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      Sue Dixon 

      11 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Really lovely.

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      Indigo Janson 

      11 years ago from UK

      What a beautiful garden. This lens shares its beauty and peace and is a wonderful way to introduce your other garden lenses. Leaving an ~*~* Angel Blessing *~*~

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      11 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Yet another super Garden lens and good to see you are almost at the 100 :-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very nice way to pull together all of your garden lenses. Well done! #99 already...You are almost there!

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      Carol Goss 

      11 years ago

      lovely lovely lovely :)

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      Carol Goss 

      11 years ago

      lovely lovely lovely :)

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      oztoo lm 

      11 years ago

      What a lovely back yard. I can see why it brings you so much pleasure and memories too.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      11 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love your backyard! No wonder you have so many interesting guests, like that cute chipmunk!

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      Holley Web 

      11 years ago

      Your yard is gorgeous! I can see us sitting there in the spring watching as life surrounds us while we have our coffee and cupcakes :)


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