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Garden Loves & Me

My gardening friends, you know without a gardening doubt that I love color in the gardens and especially bright gorgeous colors of purples, turquoise, lime, pink, lemon and white.  After painting the flower bicycle turquoise (see the banner), I started collecting “all things turquoise and aqua” at Pinterest.  I would love to have each one of these in the gardens next year so I am on a “paint the gardens turquoise hunting expedition.”

These items I have stashed away and now they will get a makeover!

That lovely huge birdcage and small table one will get a facelift to lime or lemon.

Isn’t this cute and it doesn’t even have a seat! I would put a larger pot in it and stream a lime sweet potato plant with a HOT HOT Pink chair.

This one I have but its bright yellow…I like it yellow.

These truly whet the appetite for color in the garden and inspire me to create more secret  garden hideaways and reading nooks. I hope you are inspired in your garden design too.

Happy Gardening design!

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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…