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Rainy Day Promise Gardens

Yesterday we had a glorious day of rain!  The gardens were crying for it and so happy to drink it in.   I could not venture out in the pouring rain so shot a few photos through the windows.  It’s still lovely and I have the blessing of seeing it all day!  I hope your view is just as lovely.

Today it is sunny and gorgeous, crisp pre-fall air, breezy and the time for falling leaves begins. I can’t wait to photograph them and hear them crunch under my feet! Happy Gardening!

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Summer to Fall in the Gardens

How beautiful has this summer been in the gardens?  Just breathtaking!  From the incredible flowers, trees and water features to the seating, secret gardens, potting tables and workplaces; from the outdoor photography studio to the hammocks in the trees, it has been wonderful.  We had storms, downed trees and tree damage, fence damage and drought but all-in-all, still an incredible garden show for the summer of  2012.

This image is another in the series of the Promise Gardens 2012 collection and features the fun and funky bike, porch decor and rose fountain garden.  It is “oh so lovely” to be here…

In a few weeks, the gardens will be filled with falling leaves, amazing color and change before winter sleep.  It is a wonderful time to be outdoors and enjoy such beauty.  Enjoy and capture it!

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I Fell In Love in The Promise Gardens

…that’s what they say…well, BHG has this wonderful new idea for that “other” i.e., #3 potting table for the Promise Gardens and yes, my gardening friends, I am going to do this!  Don’t you just want one of these in your gardens?  Go for it and convert one of those odd pieces that you just don’t know what to do with…I am…

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Promise Garden Color Guides

The Promise Garden color scheme for the 2012 Rose & Flower Show is taken from the image below and the beautiful image of  Alma-Tadema.  [see posts below]  I created a color guide from the images to show those colors that will be used in the decor, flower pots, containers, hanging baskets, furniture, potting & garden tables, benches and more.   Several of  the statuary will be painted in various hues of these colors as well.  The large Lydia in the main Promise Garden is already in the beautiful color of turquoise with silver overlay (images forthcoming).  I will also add shabby chic furniture and draping in off-white.  The secret garden and shabby chic gardens will also have other variations of the colors from this scheme. I am inspired!  I hope it inspires you for your gardens as well.

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Garden Design & Secret Places

Working on designs for the Promise Gardens this week, I have been on a quest to find doors and gates I like to pull together a new design that would incorporate all of the elements including a door to the secret garden.   Each of these have at least one element I love and will incorporate into the new secret garden design.

It’s Tuscan…enough reason in itself!  You know about their gorgeous gardens.

Artistic design in this gate…butterflies drawn to a garden make it complete.

Color and color that draws you in with a “wow” makes a statement in the garden.

Whimsy! No garden is complete without a little whimsy.

Hardscape and stone:  Required elements in every garden, the older the better.

Now on to the drawing board to create. I hope this inspires you to create beauty for your gardens too! Come and see me at @Pinterest and the lovely pins for gardening ideas will inspire you.

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More Potting Table & Arbor Love

It’s that time again…

I am up-to-my-ears in designing the gardens for this year. Spring popped up overnight and we are ahead of blooming schedule even before the mulching, cleaning and trimming are complete! But no worry, the favorite part of gardening for me is designing. This image depicts some of our new porch design for last year…wait until you see the arbors, potting sheds, tables this year…the arbors are already overflowing with stems/buds and more.

There are some really beautiful surprises forthcoming and creative things you may want to try in your own gardens so watch for them. The new potting table will get an update of glorious beauties and the old very large potting table will get a new place with the works in a new spot — “secret dining garden.”  The “Secret Resting Garden” and “Photography Garden” will hold wonderful things and activities.   Oh so fun!

Happy Gardening…treat yourself to the beauty of our world…

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Promise Gardens: A Porch with A View

The Promise Gardens “Porch With A View’ — the new look for 2011 “Rose & Flower Show” and 2011 Season.   What’s new?  A lovely vintage trellis that will soon be covered with Blaze Climbing Roses and Purple Clematis.  A new potting table filled with lovely things and soon overflowing flowering plants.  The theme colors this year:  Purples, Aqua, Cream, Pale & Power Pinks and of course lots of shades of green.  The image reflects just a few areas of the porch…watch for more.   Happy Gardening (and viewing)!