Happy Spring!

Beautiful Spring!  We are happy to see the flowers begin to bloom and are looking forward to this year’s beauties as they grow another year in fullness and show. The sun is shining brightly here in the Valley which means our flowering trees are popping out all over. It’s a cheerful place and since we all love the colors of spring, a repeated post was in order. This is a combination of my favorite colors and the inspiration color palette for my beach house and formal areas of blue and white. Isn’t it lovely?

Jacy's Cherry Blossom Bliss

At Promise Gardens we are always thinking color, color scheme, color palette, storyboards and especially for each new garden season. What will it be this year? Pastels or bold colors? We shall see!

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Capture the Beauty

Oh the beauty of gardens! There is something totally mesmerizing and special about photographing the creation as it grows, buds and exhibits its beauty.

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As photographers we look for this beauty everywhere and especially at the National and State Arboretums, Botanical Gardens, private gardens and our own Promise Gardens and backyard. As we travel, we always visit large or famous gardens to capture them for our “Art on Canvas” collection of prints. The National Arboretum in Washington, DC is fabulous and the Alabaster backdrop of the city really make beautiful images; the State Arboretum in Virginia (Blandy Farm) likewise has a beautiful backdrop of historic gardens and treasures. If you don’t have large gardens nearby where you live, go to your local nursery and ask permission to photograph the flowers. Most are very generous in allowing you to photograph them and I have donated, shared or published them with the locals, media and with a shout-out to the nursery. No matter how you capture your florals this spring do it for the beauty, fun and sharing. It is a special time to enjoy the creation.

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Oh the Romance of Spring

We are waiting!!  Today is 61 degrees…this means the flowers will soon be forthcoming.  We are shopping for the new plants for the gardens, pruning the roses and chasing rabbits!  The squirrels devoured all the tulips in pots/planters — all 200 of them!!! With all of the snow, rain and wet weather, surely it will be glorious!!

How can one resist such beauty when we are surrounded by it? Isn’t it a romantic time of the year with the colors, aroma and romance of spring? We love spring and with everything popping out in the Promise Gardens, glory be, we are drinking in the beauty and will celebrate with garden tours, tea on the porch, glamorous photoshoots and candlelight dinners. Oh the Romance of Spring!

Blooming

In the Promise Gardens planning, we included many spring-flowering trees and plants: pear, apple, cherry, plum, lilacs, mock orange, azaleas, rhododendron and more. Pair them with spring bulbs and the show wins the season! In your garden plan, include flowering trees, plants and perennials for all seasons so you always have a gorgeous show of color from spring to winter!
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Beautiful Garden Beds

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!

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Image Credit: Pinterest via Antiquers Field Guide

Happy Thoughts Indeed! Tulip Explosion

The sun is shining beautifully in the Promise Gardens today so I took a stroll and was amazed to see how many bulbs were in full bloom before the garden cleanup. Snow here has the garden maintenance for first Spring show two weeks behind. That, of course, sent my imagination reeling as I considered how to photograph the beauty and the mess. Well problem solved, I photographed for our “Art on Canvas” Promise Garden Series and applied art principles to show how chaotic the garden is today. Tomorrow is its first “what-I-call-vacumning-up-crumbs” i.e., dead leaves, broken branches and debris and then the carving, curving, manicuring, mulching and loving! How do you like my artistic interpretation? I think I will create cards for this one called “Happy Thoughts Indeed”!

Happy Thoughts Indeed! Tulip Imagination