In the Promise Gardens we not only grow beautiful Roses, Peonies, plants and trees but each year we also grow our own wonderful herbs for our Beyondtheyum meals. They are great but also fun as we decorate the Promise Garden porch and potting tables with cute ways to display them. We even display them on a Herb Bike”!! Whether in small/large pots, in-ground or containers for the window sill, we love to GROW herbs. They are easy plus fresh herbs complement our recipes. So “Don’t Forget the Herbs” in your Summer garden and display them in fun ways including hand-painted pots and other container displays!
One of the most important aspects of gardening is the ability to create beautiful art work for your home, to share, gift and cheer. As Master Gardeners and Artists, we take great care and joy in creating beautiful art for our homes and to share with others. These images were photographed this morning after rain so that I could create art for 2018 Rose & Garden Show. The backdrop is my handpainted window which overlooks the Promise Gardens and which adds additional impact and beauty to the vases. So then, it is not just the creating-tending gardens but also the sharing through giving, designing, creating art and memories. Art extends the life of what we have enjoyed from our gardens in color, light, aroma and beauty. It is no wonder that our famous artists were lovers of gardens as well! Happy Gardening! @jacyjoypals @JayJacyPhotography
It is almost show time again in the Promise Gardens and we are preparing the plethora of show pieces of colors, textures, flowers of every kind and description. Grabbed a quick shot of these right before the deluge that is upon us. This is definitely our favorite time of the year with the beautiful colors of spring, the trees blooming and happiness abounding in taking it all in. Enjoy the season!
Wow, every year I am amazed at the natural beauty of the Promise Gardens in bloom. The colors this year are vibrant and the plants have taken on super-size (perhaps from our very cold, snowy winter) and I cannot bring enough cuttings indoors to enjoy in every room. Even with the many large walls of windows and glass doors, the views are spectacular from within, the aroma and close-up vases filled for indoors is a must too. How many ways can we adorn and show off the beauty of flowers in June? Here are several from my Promise Gardens that I designed and enjoy. Be encouraged to create beautiful vignettes for your garden too. Happy Gardening!
*** Indeed I feel as if I came too soon To round your young May moon And set the world a-gasping at my noon. Yet come I must. So here are strawberries Sun-flushed and sweet, as many as you please; And here are full-blown roses by the score, More roses, and yet more. _Christina G. Rossetti
It’s a beautiful morning in the Promise Gardens. After the rain the flowers and color are popping out all over. A walk through the gardens gives a beautiful scent of peonies, roses, the incredible citrus aroma of Mock Orange, rain and rich earth! What a little piece of heaven on earth. Come and take a “turn” in the garden with me and Christina…
“CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD.”
Flowers preach to us if we will hear:– The rose saith in the dewy morn, I am most fair; Yet all my loveliness is born Upon a thorn. The poppy saith amid the corn: Let but my scarlet head appear And I am held in scorn; Yet juice of subtle virtue lies Within my cup of curious dyes. The lilies say: Behold how we Preach without words of purity. The violets whisper from the shade Which their own leaves have made: Men scent our fragrance on the air, Yet take no heed Of humble lessons we would read. But not alone the fairest flowers: The merest grass Along the roadside where we pass, Lichen and moss and sturdy weed, Tell of His love who sends the dew, The rain and sunshine too, To nourish one small seed. _Christina G. Rossetti