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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Hovander Homestead

My last post was about Hovander Homestead with pictures from the barn. Today I'm sharing some photos of the house and gardens. The home was built in 1901 by Hakan Hovander, a Swedish immigrant and architect. He and his wife raised their 7 children in this 6800 sq. ft home which is situated on 260 acres along the Nooksack River in Ferndale, Washington.

The gardens are old-fashioned and very romantic. I didn't take too many pictures though, as I am becoming a little bored with photographing flowers. But this bean-pole birdhouse was just too charming to pass up! This would be fun to make, but I have to wonder if then birds would poop on the beans?? On the other hand, they'd surely help eat the bugs!

This charming succulent garden was planted in a birdbath that was tucked under some foliage.
Meet witch Hazel. She lives in a children's garden with about 10 other delightful scarecrows. She's my favorite. BTW...did you know that Witch Hazel is wonderful astringent that is effective for acne, psoriasis, hemmorhoids, eczema, and bug bites? The branches of the Witch Hazel tree is are commonly used as divining rods.

Love Mr. Broomstick scarecrow's flat top.


allisamazing said...

I love the scarecrows! I really need something like that in my garden :)

ellen b. said...

Very nice. I drove through Ferndale on I-5 twice on Saturday. Now I know there is something interesting in Ferndale....


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