Deck the Halls but not the Yard


OK, what’s this all about?  You “deck the halls with”?

That’s right, “boughs of holly.” But I can’t stand the scragly looking weed holly trees in the yard. They’re sooooooooo ugly.

Look at this one that flanks the east side of the house.

Holly Invader

 Here it is again with the offender highlighted. See the snaggle tooth turn it takes at the top?

Holly Schmolly

 From the front it looks even worse!

Holly Tree

 Oh, yeah, and ivy grows up the trunk. We have a few other places in the yard where we’ve tried to remove holly trees.  They always seem to return.

Weed Holly

 Now you know where I stand, I’ll leave you with the poem “The Holly and the Ivy” by Harrison S. Morris

The Holly and the Ivy,
Now both are full well grown;
Of all the trees that spring in wood,
The holly bears the crown.
The holly bears a blossom
As white as a lily flow’r;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour.

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good.
The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas Day in the morn.

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.
The holly and the ivy
Now are both well grown;
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

I hadn’t known this poem in its entirety before. Think ye upon it. And have a great and blessed day.

On the Outside

East View of The Glade

Here is a layout of our property known as The Glade.  (Double click the picture to enlarge and read labels.)

Layout of The Glade

The whole thing is about two-thirds of an acre.  The house sits towards the front and the rest is garden, grass or woods. Note the desperate need of landscaping from the street view which used to be hidden by a fence.

Street view of The Glade

In the spring the trees and azaleas bloom profusely followed closely by iris and day lilies.

East Side Yard

Looking at the house from the east side yard are some bushes, trees and groundcover that will be removed or repositioned after the renovation.

East side of House and garden

I have a lilac bush which is green and lush but only puts out a few blossoms. The daffodils and primroses are almost gone.


In addition to the house the stationary structures include Glade Cottage.

Glade Cottage

The Wee Little House (shed)

Wee Little House in Morning Light

and the Woodshed.


Sort of semi-permanent are the vegetable garden

Vegetable Garden Layout in the Landscape

and the compost bins.

Double Compost Bins

In a couple of weeks we’ll add a rain barrel to that list. In the photo below you can easily see the shed but the compost bins are hidden under the trees.

Back Yard with shed and compost bins

Looking back toward the house is the eyesore of our heating oil tank which really needs some camouflage.  I have always meant to at least paint it to match the house but only got as far as the primer coat which looks like rust. Ugh. This view is from deep in the back yard.

House (left) Cottage (right)

Back in the west side yard we’re working on a shade perennial garden. This is the part of the property you see as you approach the house from the street.

West Yard Shade Garden

And another view.

Shade Garden viewed from the West

And that is the comprehensive tour of outside of The Glade.  We are really set in a clearing in the woods which, I believe, is the very definition of “glade”. Thanks for taking the tour.

Have you appreciated your yard lately?  Share a few photos, it’s lovlier than you remember.

I’m in the link party here.

Wye? Wye Not? But Wye!

Maryland’s State Tree is the White Oak. It was symbolized by the Wye Oak that stood at Wye Mills on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Wye Oak had been a landmark in Talbot County, Maryland, since the first settlers in the 1600s. It was more than 100 feet high, had a branch spread of 165 feet and a circumference of 31 feet, 10 inches.

 It was one of the largest in the world until on June 7, 2002, it was felled by powerful thunderstorms that also downed power lines throughout the area.

After the storm

 In 1973 the former owners (I have removed their names from the reproduction below) of The Glade acquired a seedling of the Wye Oak with an official certificate and planted it in the back yard.

Wye Oak Seedling Certificate

A mere 38 years later, here’s how it looks.

Wye Oak at The Glade

 And here’s a close-up of the leaves.

Leaves of the Wye Oak

 This large and lovely tree reminds me of the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer which I have not heard for many years.


I THINK that I shall never see  
A poem lovely as a tree.  
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest  
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;  
A tree that looks at God all day,          5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;  
A tree that may in summer wear  
A nest of robins in her hair;  
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;  
Who intimately lives with rain.   10
Poems are made by fools like me,  
But only God can make a tree.
Wye Oak in the afternoon sun

What’s your state tree?  Does it have a story (or a poem)? If you can’t grow the tree, can you preserve a leaf?

Revival – Everyone Welcome!

Linthicum Baptist Church is hosting a 5-service Revival starting Sunday, May 1st at 11 am featuring Refuge Ministries. You’re welcome at one or all of the services.

Linthicum Baptist, Easy to miss while you're driving


The full schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, May 1 at 11 am
  • Sunday, May 1 at 6 pm
  • Monday, May 2 at 7 pm
  • Tuesday May 3 at 7 pm
  • Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm

 A revival service can help your spiritual walk by allowing you to focus on an area of your life or situation that needs prayer and support from God, other Christians, and your own actualization of Christian precepts.   

Presenting the revival is Refuge, a vocal quartet of 2 husband and wife teams (John and Karen Harrington and David and Beverly England), who sing Southern gospel style songs of praise and encouragement inspired by God.

Refuge Ministries


John Harrington brings an exciting word of revival through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Won’t you lay your burdens down and join us?

Whimsey on the Royal Wedding Day

Yes, I rose at 5 a.m. to be part of the Royal Wedding, but that’s not about which this post is. (Either that last sentence is verrry propah or makes no sense at all.)

You have seen our woodshed in different shots from time to time.

Woodshed half full

 Or more recently.


How about these transformations that I snagged on Pinterest. (You can see my entire pin board by clicking on the Pinterest link at the right side of the blog.) Below is a toally cottage-cozy, glammed-out woodshed.


Then I’ve been considering where to put an outdoor chapel.  Is this not our woodshed reconceived as a beautiful chapel?


Have you got a dream or vision that others just can’t get?  Love it, work on it, it’ll come.  After all, a commoner became a royal princess today.

The Big One

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend April 30th and May 1st is a Giant Yard Sale (and Bake Sale) at Marley Station Mall. That’s MARLEY STATION MALL PARKING LOT near the former Boscov’s store. Last year more than 70,000 people attended. Hope it’s a beautiful day and you can make it.  Charlie and I are planning to have a table.  Come look us up.

We have a few things left from our former yard sale here, here and here.

Oooo, Old Silver Stuff
Aaaah, More Silver and Precious Stuff
Mmmm, Cool Clothes

 Hope I sell more than I buy!  What’s the chance of that?!!