Have you ever wondered where the name Thistlewood Farm comes from?
I know you will be totally surprised at this….
….but there’s a story.
Are you rolling your eyes at me right now and nodding?
You knew it….right?
Because around here….it always begins and ends with once upon a time.
It’s a once upon a time that started with a thorn.
And….actually….not just one thorn…
…but hundreds and hundreds of them.
If this is your first time reading the blog you might want to start with this story first.
If this is not your first rodeo….you already know how we moved from the city to the country…and found a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere where we live with four children, two dogs, two cats (who are totally making an appearance in Better Homes and Gardens), a family of deer, half a dozen bunny rabbits, salamanders, and a giant tortoise named Fred.
It’s a menagerie of great proportions.
And you know that we totally remodeled the inside of the house.
You’ve heard how we knocked down walls and pulled up carpeting and stripped wallpaper from twelve rooms in the house and added moulding and painted and removed layers and layers of flooring and added a porch.
And that’s only the inside.
And when we finished the remodel….it was spring.
And we patted ourselves on the back and thought we were done…..
….until we walked outside.
It was a little overwhelming. We had been so busy renovating the inside….that we had forgotten all about what was going on right outside our front door. I mean…all those long winter months the outside had looked fine when it was covered with snow.
And then the snow melted.
And the garden beds were overgrown and the bushes needed to be trimmed and the flowers needed to be divided and everywhere you looked there were thorns and thistles.
(please tell me you can tell where this is going)
And that April my husband started working on the landscaping. He tried to get rid of the thistles that covered everything and the thorny branches that wound their way around plants and trees. He dug them up at the roots and cut them back….but they were tenacious and fierce and unrelenting and as hard as he fought….
…..it looked like the thorns were going to win.
But in the end he triumphed.
(if he was telling you this story….he would say there was never any doubt)
And after the thorns left…..he discovered something amazing. There in the woods….hidden behind where all the brambles had been….
….were the most beautiful purple phlox.
They had been there all along….but we missed them because of the thorns and the overgrown landscaping.
Wonderful, incredible phlox….that grew taller and bigger each year and spread out until they covered the entire path that leads down to the pond.
And every July they bloom and fill the air with the smell of summer.
And while the phlox are amazing and lovely and make July a wonderful month to live in the country….
…..we never would have found them without the thistles.
It’s a little like life.
Thorns can be overwhelming and tenacious….but they make the flowers all the sweeter.
And so to honor the briars and brambles along our journey….
….Thistlewood Farms was born.
PS Oh….and it helped that our last name is Wood.
This post on the blue and yellow farmhouse bedroom would not have been possible without the beautiful Montgomery bedding and embroidered sheet set brought to you by Crane and Canopy….a great online resource for designer bedding, duvets and sheets.
The bedding is amazing. I felt like a princess when I opened the package….total quality from the zippered duvet cover to the detail on the sheets to the lavender sachet that came wrapped in the box.
Hope the thistles don’t see this and plan on moving back in.
disclosure: I was sent this bedding from Crane and Canopy for review…but all opinions are completely my own.
Please see my disclosure policy for more information.