A State of Calm

I’m so glad you stopped by to celebrate Pink Saturday with me! I’ve got some very pretty pinks for you this week. They were a special treat on a recent visit to a friend’s home in California. She loves to garden … and I love her garden!
In our family, Renaissance Man is the gardener — and he loves lots of green space. That style of gardening is beautiful, I agree … but my friend Mimi has my very favorite kind of garden.
The kind with lush beds and meandering paths …



The kind that draws a sigh out of me around every bend…




The kind that includes both classic details…



and touches of whimsy …


The kind that exudes tranquility … and draws me closer to my Creator.

The very best kind of garden.
Thanks, Mimi, for sharing yours with me.

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.

Author unknown, but commonly attributed to Martin Luther


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  1. How I would love to a leisure stroll through this lovely garden.

  2. Gorgeous garden. Stunning shots too! I love to spend my time at your beautiful space..thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  3. Inspiring! Thanks. Cherry Kay

  4. That is a beautiful garden, so big it looks like a park. Wonderful.
    Happy pink Saturday

  5. I’m delighted you shared this most lovely garden with us.. I am with you, like one that I can explore and discover. This is lovely and your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. xo marlis

  6. That is DEFINITELY my type of garden path. I’m just a big old wanderer. I can’t imagine having that at my own home.

  7. wow…this garden is a little bit of heaven on earth…

  8. You’re right, she does have a beautiful garden! I love the pathways!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

  9. Thank you for such a wonderful stroll thru her gardens, & the chat with you. Would you ask her what the name of that exquisite rose it please?

    Have a beautiful PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~

  10. Just discovered you pure delight!
    I believe with all my heart that God speaks to us in nature that is why one of my favorite adventures is to have camera in hand and head out to see “nuggets” through the eyes of the lense. Thank you for your beautiful post.

  11. Stunning garden…wants to be there, reading a book and having lemonade! Heavenly, for sure! Thanks for sharing. Love, FABBY

  12. Dearest Susan,

    Gorgeous looking garden but you are in a better climate zone (guess your friend Mimi too).
    My husband did complete his Senior Management Program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1986. So I’ve visited there and know your area. Beautiful region; you can be proud!
    Enjoy a lovely Sunday and lots of love,


  13. Your friend’s garden is beautiful. I would dearly love to have a garden with a path meandering through…

  14. Marydon, Mimi says the rose was one from her daughter’s wedding years ago and so holds special memories for her — but she doesn’t know its name. Sorry!

  15. Absolutely gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing.