Wednesday, February 10, 2010

White Wednesday @ 7 Gates Farm

Since today is another one of Kathleen's White Wednesday's AND it's getting colder and colder here in my part of Texas, I thought I would show you one of my favorite books that I read all throughout the year, "SEASONS AT SEVEN GATES FARM".  It's one of my favorite books published by Country Living and you can get ideas for each season.  Living in Texas all these years, you get used to having an occassional cold day or two, but not as many cold days as we've had this year.  It's been a really cold Winter (can we blame it on 'El Nino').  Anyways, I thought I would show you some of my fav Winter pics from this book.  

I know some of us have received snow this year, not much in my part of Texas, this is just such a pretty Winter Garden House:

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I have such a passion for bird houses.

Since it's so cold today, it makes me long for Spring and to visit gardens such as this:

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Or maybe sit under an arbor such as this, sipping a glass of sweet tea:

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And then again you could have a green house such as this and a garden to be digging in:

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A pretty garden Angel for your garden:

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We are never satisfied with the weather, before long we'll be wishing for cooler days when the temperature rises to over a 100.  Hope you all are having a great Wednesday and be sure and visit Kathleen's blog for other White Wednesday partipants.


  1. Hey Teresa, those pictures are like 'old friends'....I have looked through this book soooo many times. It's also one of my favorite all-time books. I think I may have shared this with you before, but...

    Quite a few years back, my girlfriend Pam and I were driving back from a very long antiquing week in the New Enland states. We were driving through Maryland and decided it might be fun to find 'Seven Gates Farm'. We looked up Dean and James' phone number the night before and called, leaving a message that we would love to stop by the next day for a short visit. So...we find the house, park out front and walk up to the front door. My heart was pounding (I felt like throwing up...I was so nervous). So, James comes to the door and we talk a bit and he tells us to feel free to roam around the property. Whew...! After a few minutes, he came out and joined us and we had the most wonderful time sharing and talking about gardening. Dean was busy inside with a meeting, but he and Jimmy both graciously signed my copy of their latest book "Window Boxes". This was a memory, I'll never forget.

    I sure miss their awesome, creative style, books and articles in Counry Home magazine. I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Dean several years back.

    Well, that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.


  2. It's beautiful! And, oh, how I long for spring!


  3. ooooh, i am swooning over your honeycomb heart...that is so sweet...that farm looks like a little slice of heaven to me!!!

  4. I'm with ya! I am longing for spring and heavenly gardens such as the ones you pictured. I would give anything to dig my toes into some warm dirt about now!

  5. Oh my you have done it now! Those pix are gorgeous and I must find a copy of that book! Thanks for sharing!! Happy WW!

  6. Oh my you have done it now! Those pix are gorgeous and I must find a copy of that book! Thanks for sharing!! Happy WW!

  7. What beautiful pictures. I love the one with the snow, so pure and clean looking. Of course, I don't have to live in the snow so I can enjoy looking at the picture!
    Take care, Sue

  8. Those garden settings are just like looking at heaven to me. The trellis and chair, oh I just love it all! I've browsed thru that book with a friend. I need to find it for myself. The farm is just such a gorgeous place! Have a wonderful week, Miss T!

  9. G'morn Teresa ~

    What lovely pictures to entice spring to arrive quickly!

    Happy Valentine's
    Have a great week!
    Hugs, Marydon

  10. Beautiful!!! We were hoping to get a little snow here also, but no such luck. I think that San Antonio hasn’t seen any snow since the 80’s. Oh well, a girl can dream…
    p.s. you always leave the sweetest comments on my blog, thank you. You always seem to put a smile on my face.:)

  11. I have read that book! Yes, it's one of my favorites too! Thanks for sharing the photos again, I haven't seen it in a while!! Enjoyed visiting with you today.

  12. The pictures are so beautiful! Love the arbor! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Those's garden pictures are bueatiful. I enjoy a great garden. And all the TLC A gardner puts in to there garden. Have a great day. Julian

  14. I, too have had this book for years and just love it. I've been dreaming of having a greenhouse just like this on my own property for so long. Maybe one day.

    Enjoy your day.


  15. I can't stand it! I just love these pictures! Love the old warn and yet feminine look! You rarely see pictures like this from California. I just love this look. what a great post. You have a great blog too!

  16. Theresa, these images are beautiful. I can't believe I don't have this book. I laughed when I read what you said about us soon be complaining about the weather being too hot. You are so right! We are so fickle.

  17. oh I love your garden even in the winter...

  18. Hi Teresa,
    Always love your posts on everything. I too have this book & have always loved it. It is so inspirational!

  19. Theresa,
    Just stopped by to say hi... love this post... and I will pray for Witt.

    Gates are fun...

  20. Hi Theresa
    Love the about funny weather. Went to bed with a snowstorm brewing and woke up at 4 am to an earthquake! Looked outside and yep it was still snowing so I went back to sleep.
    Wasn't bad enough to even put another crack in this old house but it was weird for Chicago
    I am praying for the little one

  21. thanks for the book recommendation. beautiful pictures. Your blog is so full of great info.

  22. God Bless little Witt. I have said a prayers that God holds him in his hands. The garden house is delightful. Joan @Americana By Candlelight

  23. My favorite decorating book of all time! I wrote James and Dean a note after receiving it and received the nicest note back.
    Continued prayers for your little one.

  24. Boo Hoo! It's not looking like I am going to get to go to Warrenton. I soooo enjoyed your blog party. I am hoping to get to make it back up there in the Fall.

    Love your blog,

  25. I have that book and it's one of my favorites too. Jim has changed the look of it now...not so primitive anymore.
    Happy Valentines Day!

  26. I was just going to go to Amazon and look for a copy of this book - I've got the copy of Country Living so dogeared that I decided to treat myself. I would have to say that this issue (January, 1993 - yes I still have it~) may just have been the starting point for my rabid addiction to rusticity!

    So sorry to hear that one of this incredible duo has passed away.

    I'm off to gather some greens from the woods, and hopefully find a few rustic baskets that aren't already in use to put them in! That has to be the greatest legacy of all, that people are still inspired by the look of Seven Gates Farm!


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