Each year as we prepare the Promise Gardens for the Spring-Summer Flower & Rose Show we look for creative and new ways to feature plants and vines that make a “wow, come look closely at me.” This is especially important when you have large gardens with many trees and ones that “need a little help” in being admired. We work with the Arborists to clean up, take down and prune trees and utilize and then create new features. In the above image, this is a small very hard tree that needed help so after pruning we created a trunk structure to house a bird house perch and climbing clematis. These are always welcome in the garden for their natural beauty and secondary use to showcase climbing roses and clematis. These natural tree climbers create a “romantic” feature of loveliness in the gardens so don’t give up on your small or sad trees make good and creative use of them. Soon this climbing clematis will fill out all of the green vines with beautiful purple lavender flowers! Happy Gardening!
A beautiful but cooler and very windy day kept me out of the gardens today but it called me to photograph from the porch its beauty of colors beginning their opening display and safety from bending-to-ground large trees! I am enamored by its glorious array of color. This weekend should be lovely for photography and watching the gardens grow. This past winter had something special as the gardens are more beautiful than ever so I am sharing a sneak peek before the entire gardens are in bloom for the Rose & Flower Show. Wish you were here to enjoy too! Enjoy your weekend!
This image displays the beauty of garden beds in a true sense of rest! What loveliness is this in this incredible cottage-style garden. Last post we looked at several inspirational ideas for the use of chests and other garden adornments which were charming indeed. What shall we find next on our inspirational journey for this year’s garden? How sleepy is your garden? Perhaps a restful place like this will serve as inspiration for you to create from those items you already have. We are in love with this inspiration idea!
___________________ Image Credit: Pinterest via Antiquers Field Guide
It’s that time of year again and we are dressing up the Promise Gardens for the late-May and June Rose, Flower and Garden Show. You may remember last year, the theme was bright, bold and beautiful color with fun garden toys and props. Today we are on inspiration garden tours as we travel to Arboretum, garden centers, design stores and more to create the inspiration gardens and what fun is that? Lots of fun! Here are my design images from last year. I will have the same colors for the décor and of course historical plants that fill the gardens. The idea is to find a “new” and “interesting” addition to the gardens. I have several places for an “outdoor room” (Jamie Durie style) and more. Watch for the next post which will house my inspiration images.
p.s. Isn’t this fun?????? luv luv luv! Inspiration on its way….!
February brings anticipation of spring as we see the bulbs begin to pop out from under the snow and ice and the promise of their soon arrival and spring lovelies. Planning garden designs brings anticipation of gardening again (not excluding spring cleanup) but the joy of seeing the growth of garden plants. Each year it is different, each year, more flowers, more color and the biennials always bring a lovely surprise. The snow in the gardens thus far this year have not been as heavy as usual but it’s still February so hoping after our damage from the two storms last year, we will be spared more. I hope your plans for spring gardening are underway. Time is getting close now and I am excited — I can almost smell those antique roses now!