It is almost Spring Time again and even though it is only February, today we had a 77 degree surprise after the 30’s last week. It is never to early to begin planning this years Spring beauty. We will soon be sharing our lovely gardens again with you! Until then, Get ready for your Happy Spring Gardening!
We are out and about on this lovely day watching the tulips and bulbs pop out everywhere. Soon we will have the incredible beauty of them!
A little remembrance… How wonderful to see the sunshine this morning after drenching rains yesterday which watered the gardens so beautifully and the flowers just popped out with joy, the leaves drinking up each drop and of course, most importantly, the roots just as happy as can be. How precious is the rain and sunshine to the gardens…very…and they show their appreciation by happiness in color, buds and giving joy to their caretakers.
This is another image from the Promise Gardens Spring & Summer photoshoots. The plants (common name) are from left to right: Tulips, Mock Orange, Rose of Sharon, Peony, Hollyhock.
Tulips: Everyone loves tulips, a must have in your spring garden/planters.
Mock Orange: An amazing bursting forth each spring of incredible white flowers with glorious aroma.
Rose Sharon: Breathtakingly beautiful and each year more abundant.
Peonies: No garden is complete without an array of peonies. The yellow is new to our gardens this year…sensational!
Hollyhock: The “red” hollyhock is a favorite and just breathtaking in the garden. We have both single/double and prefer the historic “single” version. These are heart stopping!
Spring is just around the corner and the rain and spring bulbs popping up in the Promise Gardens are a true indication that spring will soon be here. Along with those lovelies that we patiently wait for during our cold and snow-filled days of winter, comes the work and preparation to ready the gardens for their best show of the season. We love spring and summer months and although the Promise Gardens are filled with plants and trees for all seasons, it is our favorite garden time. Why you ask? As you can see from this image, the roses, peonies and flowering plants that pop with color and shout out to be loved, shared and photographed! In this view is a favorite spot for our wedding, engagement, bridal portrait photography. All of the gardens within the Promise Gardens have special places for every photographic session and opportunity. Filling the gardens with furniture, props of every type and description make it a lovely and serene place to photograph and enjoy. We will share features from each of those specials places this year on the blog. Do you love “secret gardens” “children’s gardens” “romantic spots” “reading nooks” “statuary” “alees” “water features” “floral scents” “chirping birds” “garden tea parties” and paths filled with “lovely surprises”? If so, come and visit our blog and enjoy the “Promise” of the season with us.
Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies. Song of Solomon 6:1-3
“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
‘Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.”
Here are a few of the photos of our hollyhocks this year. They are continuing from our historic Hollyhock seeds. We harvested many seeds over the last four years and have shared them all over the country with friends and family.