Two Of My Favorite Things

5.12.2010

are the smell of fresh cut grass and honeysuckle. Today I got to enjoy both. I had to cut the grass today, which most of you may not know is my favorite thing to do, and got to enjoy the overwhelming wonderful aroma of honeysuckle in the air.




I love when our honeysuckle vines bloom, but it doesn't last long enough.



The wooded area beside and behind our house is loaded with these vines.



Then when the wind blows on a warm day like today the scent is pure heaven.



This is the view of our side yard leading to the back and it is just woods as far as you can see.



My other most favorite smell is freshly cut grass. I love when we are going down the road and I will all
of a sudden get a whiff of fresh mowed grass.


Mr. Savvy thinks I am crazy when I point out beautiful green manicured grass when we
are out and about in the car. I am a little OC about the yard.


I trimmed up this over grown bush and was startled by a bird flying out and found


this little nest hiding inside the bush. I think it was a cardinal that flew out. The nest on my porch that I showed in an earlier post I think has been abandoned. I have not seen the mother bird anymore. She 
may have moved to a different spot because some wasps moved in above where she built the nest.


My daylillies are full of buds about to burst open.


The crepe myrtle is getting fuller and fuller, but won't bloom till probably July.



Miss Bailey is tired just from watching me work in the yard.


And this came in the mail today. Another part of something I am working on.


So my favorite smells are fresh cut grass and honeysuckle. What are yours??
Please let me know.


Y'all come back now,

KIM

49 comments:

  1. Oh Kim, this post brings back such fond memories for me! My maternal grandmother had honeysuckle right outside her back porch. I can close my eyes & remember that sweet smell like it was yesterday! I also remember we were afraid to go too close to it because the bees liked it, too.

    I have to agree with you about the smell of a freshly mown lawn, too. Robert Redford once said he thought Ohioans had a love affair with their yards because we spent so much time & money keeping them beautiful. :-)

    Your Mothers day brunch looked extra special & I envy you being able to gather with her & your sister. Her mother's china is exquisite & that was so very thoughtful of you to make use of it for that day.

    ♥ the new Villa Bella plaque, too! My Mom always said a plant wasn't at home until she had moved it at least 3 times so maybe that's true for decor too. LOL

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  2. What a beautiful post Kim! Your yard is amazing! I love the smell of fresh cut grass and honeysuckle too...but one of my all time favorites is at the beach. Every summer when we are in California...they light up the barbecue for the evening festivities...we are all getting ready for the night and that smell mixed with the ocean air blowing through the windows just says...aaahhh...to me! Summer has arrived and life is good! My all time favorite...if I could bottle it I would...and bring it home to Texas with me...it even brings a smile to my face as I type this!

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Cathy

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  3. I've been enjoying the honeysuckle vines the last few days too. We have a lot of those around our house. Unfortunately, it's time to cut the grass again. Dang stuff grows too fast.

    I never realized you lived in Buford either. I was in Marietta until 2 years ago. Now I live out in Carrollton. Have you ever been to the antique store in Alpharetta called the Queen of Hearts? I love that store.

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  4. Your photos are wonderful. I especially like the honeysuckle closeup, the nest and Bailey. Your yard is wonderful. Honeysuckle and mowed grass are some of my favorite smells in the world too.

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  5. We have wild honey suckle that grows on the hillside next to our bedroom window. It isn't blooming yet up here but when it does and we have the window open, our bedroom smells like it! Wonderful smell!

    I found a bird nest that must have fallen down off the gas line from under our porch. I'm trying to figure out what to do with it inside!

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  6. Honeysuckel is such a fragrant smell...dreamy.
    Mix it with cut grass and you've got yourself one DREAMY cocktail!

    You and my Love are both OC about the grass...
    I tend the pretties...
    He manicures the lawn...
    It works!
    Your yard is prestine...
    xoxo~kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  7. Honeysuckle brings back wonderful memories of walking home from school. When we passed the honeysuckle we would pick the blooms and eat the sweet sap in the middle. As I am typing I wonder if that was okay? Either way your post brings back great memories!
    Your yard is beautiful!!

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  8. What a lovely post, Kim~ I can almost smell the honeysuckle from here! Your yard is stunning! My favorite smells are the start of a rain shower, bread baking, cinnamon, babies sweet scent, burning wood, puppy feet, fresh cut grass, fresh ground coffee, and so many flowers... there are so many favorite smells~ what a wonderful sense we have!

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  9. Love honeysuckle and fresh cut hay! My dad always cuts hay every summer on our farm and I love that smell. I think my favorite smell though is an ocean breeze! Poor Bailey... she was just worn out!

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  10. Hi Kim,
    your yard looks great! And your pup is too cute! We have honeysuckle growing wold around here & it's gorgeous. My favorite scents are lavender, lemon verbena, rosemary, and coconut! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your nice comments!

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  11. Mmm...I love Honeysuckle!! How I long to have some of my very own in my garden!! XXOO

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  12. would you believe freshly ground coffee and Murphy's Oil Soap? (not necessarily together) Oh, and I love the smell of wood stain too! Strange, but true!

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  13. My favorite smell? Roses and cookies baking in the oven! I can smell those honeysuckle, Kim. We have them too climbing the back fence and climbing everything in the front yard. Do you think they will harm the crape myrtles? Do you know that I have never mowed in my whole life? LOL! Have you ever seen a snake while mowing?...Christine

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  14. Kim, I love the photos of your yard. I could almost smell those honeysuckles! And that photo of Bailey is sooooo adorable!
    I love the smell of Gardenias in my yard when they are blooming & the smell of freshly cut wood. I love going into newly framed houses when I measure for cabinets! I love that wood smell!

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  15. Beautiful Yard! i always loved the smell of fresh cut grass and honeysuckle where I use to live. Here - I do not like the smell of privy hedge blooms. :( It also drives my allergies crazy.

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  16. The scent of honeysuckles is heaven! It reminds me of when I was little and my friend and I would gather a whole bowl full of blossoms and try to fill a cup with the "honey". I think we gave up by the 50th honeysuckle!

    Great pictures, Kim. And Bailey is looking cute as always :)

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  17. Your yard looks amazing. I think I can smell that honeysuckle from here. I have a dog who gets tired out watching me do all the work. Go figure.

    Take care,

    Kathleen

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  18. Kim,
    Bailey looks so cute "seepin" on the sofa. I hope you have a riding mower. You yard looks large. I still push it at the cape house, as the yard is not that large and alot to mow around. The Inn, however, we have to use the rider. Your lawn looks great!
    Robin

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  19. Kim- love the yard- what a home- would love to see a picture of the front.
    I LOVE the white colonial homes-with shutters- i use to buy southern living (i think is the name) just to see the homes for sale in the south- We love them... Beautiful Lawn- i can weed eat my backyard- instead of use the lawn mower-that is how small the grass portion is- the rest pool-
    thnks for the kind words on my toile chair.
    Karryann

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  20. Kim, You have quite a yard to mow and it's beautiful. I love the smell of grass too but am allergic..Do you know how to suck the honey out of the honeysuckle? We did it growing up and now my grands love to do it..

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  21. Beautiful post Kim! Those are two smells that I adore as well. I think I know what you got in the mail...but I won't blow the surprise! Can't wait to see what you do with it.


    -heather

    ps Bailey is too cute.

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  22. Oh I love the smell of honeysuckle too, and it is smelling so sweet this year isn't it? My all time favorite is the smell of gardenias in bloom! I also love Rosemary, love to get that smell on my hands, fresh lavender is another favorite (store bought) but I can't grow that! And the smell of our house when we come home from vacation! There's no place like home!

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  23. Oh lets see Kim, I love the smell of Jasmine, and the Beach, those are my two favorite smells. Your yard is look better than ever.

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  24. I love the honeysuckle too, and it's a blast from my childhood. I think my favorite scent is also from my childhood. My father planted a gardenia bush at the back step because it was my mother's favorite flower. Nothing smells more delightful than the blooming gardenia. Heaven

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  25. Ooooh!!What is my favorite smell, that is a hard one but the first thing that comes to mind is a baby after their bath all wrapped up in a warm towel. As far as flowers I love the sweet smell of allysum on my front porch or my french perfume rose in the back and then the Jasmine growing around my kitchen window. I told you it is hard for me to pick just one. I have a very sensetive sense of smell according to my hubby, I smell everything pleasant and unpleasant sort of a blesssing and a curse, if you know what i mean,Kathysue

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  26. Hmmm so many great smells. Hubbie Lynn is our yard man. I had to mow for a couple months in Louisiana while he had already moved to Texas. Made me appreciate him even more. I love to vacuum... call me weird I know, but I love the accomplishment of the sound of stuff being sucked up into the vac. Haha

    Now about those smells... Tyler candle scent, High Maintenance... Easter Lilies.....fresh roses.....cookies, any kind baking....the beach....the mountains....incense at high Mass.....My Mom's house.

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  27. Lovin that yard of yours, I think I'll be right over with my hammock and sweet tea!
    My favorite smell would definitly be the ocean breeze. I grew up in Orange County and we lived on the beach so at night the tide would come in and the smell would fill the house. When I go home for a visit and I catch that smell at night it brings back so many happy memories.
    Be Blessed!

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  28. Oh, Kim, your yard is so beautiful and so huge! I love seeing your home and grounds. I too love the smell of honeysuckle and as a little girl we had a huge bush and we would pull the little stem out and then lick the sweetness off the bottom. Have you ever done that? So silly!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  29. Kim, I finally had to get a google account just so I could send a comment. First, I love your blog, it is wonderful my favorite. I feel like everyone on here are my friends. Leaving NC and moving to MD has been truly hard for me. My girls were going into HS and it has been hard to make the friends that I have in NC so your blog is a big part of my morning routine. I wish you lived closer. Whenever I want to decorate I always think of what would you do with this room Etc..One of my favorite smells is freshly brewed coffee. I also enjoy most of the scents from Yankee candles burning. I always have to have one burning in my house. I think Cucumber melon and Barlett Pear are my favorite! I also love the smell of the yard after it has rained and lately that has been alot. I too will be an empty nester and need to find a new career. I love home decorating and would love to persue something in that field. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas

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  30. Pam, what a very sweet thing to say. I wish I could email you back, but you have no-reply comment on your comment. That is hard moving to another state and leaving friends behind. I did that so many times growing up. Here I am a grown woman with no close friends. I have my mom, sister, and daughter to do girl things with, but not that close girlfriend like I had growing up. Blogging has given me cyber friends though. I am so glad you can find inspiration from my blog.

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  31. Two of my favorite smell too! Your lawn is lovely.

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  32. Kim, I am not that great at computer things but the email I use most often is pbeck_moore@hotmail.com or I just opened a gmail 4carolinagirls@gmail.com You can never know how much I enjoy reading all of things you write!

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  33. I loooovvveee honeysuckle too! Yes you are right, we are building a new house on that land and can't wait! We have been in our current home about 9 yrs now.
    Your home and property are so beautiful! I have been looking around your blog and love what you have done with your home! :)
    Kristi

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  34. Fresh cut grass is right up there near the top of my list too! Lilacs, roses and lily of the valley - I want to buy my nose in a bouquet of any of them!

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  35. Your grass is amazing! My husband would be jealous!

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  36. Wow, Kim... I love to cut the grass too! There aren't too many of us out there so we gotta stick together. (I have a push mower and it just kind of feels like free exercise)

    Honey Suckle is heavenly! Happy reading your post today!
    Kindly, ldh

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  37. Great topic and visuals to start us thinking Kim! My favorite smells are mostly all related to family..In no particular order: Lilac, freshly mowed hay, coffee(all of these remind me of the farm and more importantly-grandma's house), Estee Lauder's Youth Dew(my other grandma always wore this) and horses(NOT their poo, but them)-again the farm and good, good memories. Thanks for the topic. BTW, your yard looks fabulous!

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  38. Your yard is amazing! And Bailey is too adorable!! I'm working on another blog for my music ministry, and I would love to know how you get you photo stretched out across your header. I have tried everything, looked everywhere and I cannot figure it out. I also could not get the font larger either. The joys of blogging!!

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  39. Wow! Gorgeous Kim! Your back yard is to die for! Thanks for all the gorgeous pics!

    ~Morgan

    Meet Virginia!
    Meet Virginia!
    Meet Virginia!

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  40. Oh Kim i wish we could grow jasmine here in ny to cold i love it .Well in the winter i have my chanel no 5 lol

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  41. Hi Kim!
    I love the smell of freshly mowed grass too. In fact, I just bought a candle in that fragrance. It is delicious, but there is nothing like the real thing!
    You have a beautiful lawn and I really enjoy your blog.

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  42. I grew up in rural Alabama, surrounded by wonderful smells - honeysuckle and freshly mowed grass are two of my favorites too...brings back so many sweet memories and also some hard yard work memories!!! Another favorite was summer rain - the first 5 minutes or so after it started falling...love it still!
    Right now, I have one scrawny wild honeysuckle vine in the empty lot next door. I have to go over and get a good whiff every time I go outdoors!
    Great post.
    Rhonda

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  43. I LOVE the smell of rain and pluff mud from the marsh.

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  44. You make me want to move back to Georgia.

    Georgia on my mind:)

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  45. Your yard is soooo beautiful!!! My husband want let me touch a lawn mower!

    Oh! I wanted to tell you this, since you love pillows!:) They have big red pillows at Walmart for $4.50 each! I needed 2 for my porch! That was the only color that was that price. There on rollback! lol!

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  46. What beautiful pictures of your lovely yard. We have lots of jasmine in our yard. I love the smell of the pink jasmine that is just outside our bedroom.

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  47. Would you please tell me how you have such beautiful grass?! What do you do to have such a perfect yard?!

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  48. Carol, my grass is so far from perfect this year. It is actually full of weeds. It just looks better in pictures. I should go take some close ups of all the weeds. We haven't even fertilized yet this year. That is my husband's job and it hasn't happened yet. Thanks for the gracious comment.

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  49. Kim, this is the comment that didn't show up earlier. I wanted to tell you that the smell of fresh cut grass is also a favorite for me as well as the experience of seeing the lawn become neat and tidy when one mows. I also like to iron clothes for the same reason. Strange I know! LOL
    My day lilies are also in bud. Shouldn't be long now. One of my favorite garden scents is that of geraniums. I love the fragrance when I break off a spent bloom. The smell of fresh herbs, too.
    Sorry this didn't show up earlier. Thanks again for your helpful suggestions today. ~ Sarah

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