And Heaven and Nature Sings …

The ignorant man marvels at the exceptional; the wise man marvels at the common;
the greatest wonder of all is the regularity of nature.
~ G.D. Boardman

<   What an absolute joy it's been this weekend to watch Nature wake up all around me. Even in the midst of mundane tasks like laundry and taxes, Renaissance Man and I made time for walks around the yard to clear our heads. Even robins know you have to take a rest every now and then! How amazed I am when an overnight rain seems to bring an immediate change in the landscape, with something new to see every day. I haven’t always noticed such things. Maybe I appreciate them more the older I get …
The Birth of the Flowers
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
God spoke! and from the arid scene
Sprang rich and verdant bowers.
Till all the earth was soft with green,
He smiled; and there were flowers.

Won’t you join us for a walk around the yard?
I hope it relaxes you as much as it does me …





It were Happy if we studied Nature more in natural Things; and acted according to Nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable.
–William Penn in The Fruits of Solitude

After working on taxes this weekend, I’d sure like some rules that are few, plain and reasonable …
I’m so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you enjoyed Renaissance Man’s flowers. What’s your favorite flower — even if you didn’t see it here! (Would you ever guess that one of my favorites is the tulip?)
P.S.Cherry Kay at Entertaining Women identified these plates from my St. Patrick’s Day tablescape as Haviland Schleiger 113A. Its makers mark signifies it was made from approximately 1895 to 1931. Cherry Kay was extremely generous and gave me a “Haviland 101” lesson, sharing the wealth of her knowledge of “all things china.” Thank you again, Cherry Kay! I still think you need to write that post and share with everyone. It’s truly fascinating …

I’ll be linking to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House and Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. Won’t you join me?


  1. Your Spring mosaics are beautiful, Susan.

  2. I LOVED seeing your bulbs. Beautiful color. The first shot just blew me away … the wonderful Robin resting … more great color! Have a wonderful week!

  3. Love your mosaics. That first photo of the Robin is wonderful. Oh my…those dishes are just fabulous! Have a great week…

  4. Beautiful mosaics, the spring flowers are gorgeous.

  5. Oh my! These are just beautiful photos. The tulips are just exquisite!!! Well done! Cathy

  6. Oh my goodness, your flowers are gorgeous! You’re so lucky — we can’t plant tulips because the deer eat them. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful blooms at MM. 🙂 xoxo

  7. Beautiful mosaics, your flowers are so pretty! So colorful!

  8. First off, what fun to know what your plates are. Aren’t bloggers just he best for information? Your flower (or HIS flower) pictures are just beautiful. I guess lilacs are my favorite (although that is a bush) and roses are my very favorite. Love tulips, too, though! xo Diana

  9. I have often had a blogging friend identify something for me, including china. It amazes me that some know so much about all the various kinds and designs of china…your plate is beautiful.

    Tulips are so wonderful…graceful and in so many colors. I really enjoyed seeing all the various hues in your garden. If I were to choose a favorite tulip from your garden, it would be those in Mosaic 3. I don’t know that I have a favorite flower. I’ll have to think about it.

  10. The robin is so precious! She stayed at your beautiful garden and smelled your blooms! How lovely!

  11. just love the season~

  12. I love the photo of the robin resting and all of the gorgeous flowers. Like you, I’d have to say tulips are a favourite of mine.

  13. What an awesome photo of the robin! And wow! Your flowers are all blooming. Beautiful. God blesses us with nature! Nothing like it!

  14. Gorgeous nature walk…my favorite flower is the Stargazer lily but I have many other favorites too …tulips, daffodils and hydrangeas! What a beautiful post! Cherry Kay lives near me and she certainly does now her china! Love her tables!
    Miss Bloomers

  15. Hi Susan, Your gardens are beautiful, and yes you have my favorite flowers, daffodils. Beginning in February I start my daffodil watch. This year they surprised me and popped up earlier than usual. I also love your hyacinths and tulips. Your husband did a fabulous job creating your flower beds. Sweet photo of the robin.
    Love your blog, I’m going to take the tour.
    Happy Spring.

    The French Hutch

  16. What beautiful gardens. The lilies are fabulous – one of my favorite flowers!!

  17. This is just beautiful, Susan. I, too, have been outside soaking in the awesome beauty that God has so freely given. Honestly and truly, there are times when creation is so awesome that even I lack the right words.

    This week in south Georgia is such a time.

  18. Susan, this is a lovely entry for this spring weather we are all receiving…just beautiful~

  19. Susan I feel like I have just taken a walk outside! That fat little Robin is so adorable!

  20. These are beautiful plates and I thought to write the other day and just didn’t. Now that you know what they are, you should take a look at some of the Haviland patterns that are so similar. I’ve got the Cloverleaf which is what I thought these were at first glance. Think you’re absolutely right – there should be a Haviland 101 tutorial!!!