Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hi! This is my first time to participate in Outdoor Wednesday! Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan @ http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.comWe've had a very rainy Spring this year! I finally finished planting everything I was going to plant this year. I took these pics of my front yard. Hopefully soon I will have some before and after shots once all my perennials start blooming and the annuals fill in some! I'm really trying to make Tootsie proud of me!

This is my front yard. I used to fill this flower bed with begonias every year but I decided last year to make it into a perennial flower bed. I have 3 kinds of daylilies, purple cone flowers, black eyed Susans and various others I just picked out at the nursery and didn't pay attention to the names. I filled in with some double bloom impatiens, coleus and pink begonias. Dusty miller and blue salvia come back every year. I really hope everything blooms well this year!

A little closer look from a side angle.

This shot is from the side of the front yard and encompasses the flower bed on the other side of our creek bed. I wasn't thru cleaning this bed out and I've got to do a little work to it so I'll save that for another Wed. You can see a little of the creek bed on the other side of the oak hydrangea.
Here's my little pond. Yes, I've had fish in it before and I've had plants in it, but the fish attract racoons or get caught in the pump and the plants were getting too big! I like it without them. You see more of the water.

Here's a little of the backyard. I'm trying to little by little extend the flower bed around the pool. Last fall I planted some ferns and wild phlox and a purple leafed bush I can't remember the name of! I bought the bush at our zoo's plant sale and my best friend gave me the phlox and ferns from her yard! All the daylilies are from my father-n-laws daylily collection he had when they retired in Arkansas. They moved back to Memphis several years ago because of his health and he came over and got daylilies from me this time!
Thanks for dropping by and be sure to go over and check out the other outdoor pics at Susan's!


  1. Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday! I'm so glad you've joined us on this fun day. Your yard is so lush and green, and how blessed you are to have all of those daylilies. My grandmother used to have some beautiful lilies, and they remind me so much of her.
    I also love your water feature. Very pretty!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


    Sheila :-)

  2. Oh I love your little pond! I'd like to add one to my garden someday. :) Your garden is beautiful.

  3. Your garden looks great, Laura Lu, plants are so lush and healthy and I love the creek!...Christine

  4. Yea! A post from Lauralu! I LUV your pond and the waterfall. Your yard looks beautiful. And I'm loving your blog look! So fresh and so summery! laurie

  5. Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday Laura Lu! You have a beautiful yard...and I love your pond! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

  6. WOW WOW WOW!! Your gardens are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! :-) You have a lovely home!! L~

  7. Hi Lauralu, your gardens are lovely and the little pond is beyond adorable. Just so pretty! Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  8. WOW!! Girl your yard is just beautiful and I know you will make Tootsie very proud..that girl wear me out with what she can do with a few seeds and a greenhouse ha ha!! love your pond..We just bought a big one that Len still needs to put in...also will not have fish...just water..Hope you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  9. Oh, these are wonderful!!! Your garden is sooo pretty and I love your little pond!!! You have given me some ideas for my yard!!!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!!

  10. Hi Laura,
    Your yard is gorgeous and I especially like your pond. I have been switching over to perennials myself and I am trying to get the mix right. I want to have blooms spread out over the season with good colors.

  11. What a beautiful landscape. One can tell by looking at it how much you love your home. It looks well tended and cared for - like your family. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. Have a wonderful day.

  12. It is beautiful! YOur place looks wonderful!

  13. What wonderful photos. You have such beautiful landscape around your home. I love the water feature the best.
    I also love your blog background. Have a great day!

  14. Hahaha!! You're funny! I might just be the slowest blogger in bloggyland! :-) Let's just say it was a hard year at school and I finally had to let blogging go for awhile. I can already start to feel myself relax more and I hope to post in a few days...or that's what I'm saying now! :-)
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! :-) L~

  15. You have a beautiful garden. This is my first time to participate with Susan's outdoor wednesday.

  16. What a beautiful yard! Thank you for sharing it. I loved looking at it.

  17. Hi Laura Lu! OH, how lovely everything is! I love perennials too and they can really be a gardeners best friend!
    I'd love to see that Fish Jug of your friends. Isn't that funny! I'm sure there's been a time in my life I would have laughed my head off at these silly things! But I'm in a sillier mood now in my life so I get a kick out of them!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  18. I will trade you your yard for my tablescapes. What a gorgeous surrounding. You are indeed blessed. We are currently working on our backyard which I hope will look as beautiful as this. Thank you for the kind words and the inspiring post.

  19. Hi Lauralu!!

    Your yard is just so pretty. So much greenery~it will be beautiful in full bloom!! I think you will be happy with the perennials. I am trying to put in more so I don't have the time and expense of annuals. And love how easy the daylilies are.

    I love your pool, pond and that wrought iron fence. How awesome and elegant!!

    Hope to see you again on Outdoor Wednesday!


  20. Laura your yard is gorgeous.. I love everything about it especially the pond! You have such a wonderful, creative gift...it shows in everything you do. We are doing so much better and I so appreciate your prayers and checking up on me! Love, Cindy

  21. good gracious!!! you live there???? what a wonderful place! it is like a park! I have to go look again....might steal some ideas! WOW...that just blows me away!
    My energy did me in...I officially have not much more than a whisper for a voice...don't feel sick...just can't talk...incidentally my kids think it is fantastic!

  22. Everything is so beautiful and lush!
    I would really like to have a small pond. What brings the water up and over for the waterfall effect?

    It is awesome!


  23. Hi, I'm visiting from Tootsie's place. Your beds are fantastic. You'll be blessed with tons of blooms soon. LOVE LOVE the pond with the fountain - looks great!

  24. Hey Girlfriend...

    Oooh...I have never seen photos of your yard before! Girl, it's gorgeous!!! Ohhh, your front yard is so well manicured...I love all of your pretty shrubs!!! All of the flowers that you have planted are going to be beautiful!!! Okay...I have to tell you...my favorite is your little waterfall and pond!!! Russell and I would like to do this in our backyard...but never seem to get to it! I'll have to show him your photos...maybe that will inspire him...wink! Thank you for sharing your beautiful yard with us...I know that it takes lots and lots of work!!!

    My friend, thank you so much for the sweet note that you left me about my water tablescape! I'm so glad that you like it (and I don't have to move a thing! Hehe!) Girl, you just crack me up! I love you, Darlin'! You always make me smile!!!

    Have a great weekend...enjoy that lovely yard!!!



Hello and God Bless! Thank you for visiting "Hidden Promise"! It's wonderful to get comments from you all! I think they are a great way to show our love, care and support of each other! Have a wonderful day! Lauralu :)