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Saying goodbye to Promise Gardens summer and its fruits…

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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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The Perfume of Lilacs Inspire Me

My lilacs this year are breathtaking…five beautiful large trees brimming with all the shades of lavender, purples, pinks and white that only God good embellish.  How lovely they are in the gardens and how beautiful and aromatic in the home.  They inspire me in color, perfume and design.  This year’s Promise Gardens theme colors were inspired by these shades.

WITH LILACS

I BEG the pardon of these flowers
For bringing them to one whose hair
Alone doth shame, beyond compare,
The sweetest blooms of richest bowers.

I beg the pardon of this maid
For offering them with hand less pure,
A heart less perfect, needing cure
By Love’s own music, softly played
__Charles Henry Crandall

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A Lit’l Bit Blue

A beautiful full day in the gardens preparing them for the spring show.  It was exhausting to say the least — 30 2cu.ft. bags of mulch in the center garden down; two trees cut down; moved large potting table into a new spot under the Plum Tree (it’s going to be so sassy there) moved and planted two very large rose bushes and more.  It is a ton of  work (pun intended) but worth every minute when completed.  This image depicts some of the new color scheme in the new garden design.  It’s going to be lovely!  Until next time, take time to enjoy Creation and the beauty of each day.

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A Lovely Garden Ride

How absolutely exquisite! This is perfection for that old bike in our garden. At first, I considered new paint in bright primary colors of reds, yellows but after this image, I am captivated by the pinks, lavenders, white and would be so “shabby chic” with the  “purple” or pastel door”!  {see post below}  I am in pursuit…it is all coming together so use your imagination – a pink bike overflowing with pastel flowers parked outside of the purple/lavender doors…such an invitation of delight to enter…the path to the secret garden…

Photo Source: stylemepretty.com via ShabbyNChic on Pinterest

What shades will the doors and flowers be?