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Painting the Gardens with Awesome Eye Candy

Painting the Garden…It’s All About the Flowers

Update!  This summer has been beautiful with every color of the rainbow and what a great place to be during this Covid-19 season!  It’s is always difficult with confinement of any kind but the ability to spend time in your garden catching up on overdue chores has been a true blessing!  There is nothing like being in the gardens!

Flowers and color, where would we be without them in the garden?  We have the lovely greens of grass, trees and leafy plants and the varied blues of the sky as our backdrop so each year for the Promise Gardens Rose & Flower Show, we have every color/hue imaginable on display.  In our container gardening areas and special beds, we mix it up each year with new color combinations and plants to create “awesome eye-candy” for our visitors, friends, family and of course, our photography.  This is a special treat for me as a designer deciding what “new” and “old” creations I can design for a visual and aromatic feast.

A friend recently shared that their favorite part of visiting Promise Gardens was “just as I enter the gate area, the aroma of roses and flowers entice me in and then my eyes just take it all in and I swear each time I will recreate this myself at home so I can see and smell it all day long.”   Well, that is also one of my favorite things too!

Are you painting your garden?   “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”__Claude Monet

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Promise Gardens Autumn Song

Autumn Song*

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

And how the swift beat of the brain
Falters because it is in vain,
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf
Knowest thou not? and how the chief
Of joys seems—not to suffer pain?

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the soul feels like a dried sheaf
Bound up at length for harvesting,And how death seems a comely thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?
*Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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For the Love of Purple

…and lavender, orchid, pinks and lovely flowers in my garden.

At long last, I am assembling the images from the summer garden photoshoot. Spring and early summer flowers were stunning and then…the storm … so many of the gorgeous flowers including the historic hollyhocks were ripped from the ground; trees uprooted, broken and down so recovery is in process. These images from the early photoshoots remind me of the beauty of the gardens and how with a little more work this summer than usual, it will be restored to its early summer beauty. As new buds appear, later summer flowers bloom and God provides the wonderful rains from heaven, lovelies will soon appear again to our delight. @jacyjoypals #PromiseGardens #WinchesterVA #Repost

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A Beautiful Ride with Flowers

As you might have guessed from my new banner, I have completed the garden bicycle and it is exactly what I anticipated it to be…simply lovely!  As I blogged on my design in earlier posts of “Promise Garden Color Guide” and “A Lovely Ride” the flower bicycle is a favorite focal point for the 2012 Rose & Flower Show with lots of exclamations of “wow” with praise and “I want one”!

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A few notes:  My final decision was Turquoise as the color for the bike (see Color Guide link above) and Purple for the Herb Tricycle (photos forthcoming).  The flowers will grow out and cascade over the bicycle in several weeks which will enhance it even more.  I used many different annuals and perennials that trail, cascade and give an ever-blooming display.  Watch the blog for more on the bikes, trikes and potting tables.  The slideshow gallery for the 2012 Rose & Flower Show will be posted soon.   Be inspired to create and happy gardening!!

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The Gardener

The Gardener

The gardener does not love to talk.
He makes me keep the gravel walk;
And when he puts his tools away,
He locks the door and takes the key.

Away behind the currant row,
Where no one else but cook may go,
Far in the plots, I see him dig,
Old and serious, brown and big.

He digs the flowers, green, red, and blue,
Nor wishes to be spoken to.
He digs the flowers and cuts the hay,
And never seems to want to play.

Silly gardener! summer goes,
And winter comes with pinching toes,
When in the garden bare and brown
You must lay your barrow down.

Well now, and while the summer stays,
To profit by these garden days
O how much wiser you would be
To play at Indian wars with me!

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Robert Louis Stevenson

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“The Gardener” from the Art on Canvas  Collection of Jay&Jacy Photography  ©2018 All Rights Reserved