Scenes of Garden Beauty

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

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Now That’s Garden Design Inspiration

My follow-up to yesterday’s post on inspiration for the 2013 Promise Gardens “Rose and Flower Show.” These are my inspirational idea images for this year.* You may remember that last year I also included a vertical wall garden which by mid-summer was more work than beauty and too much upkeep. I recommend if you use them make sure they are in an easy to reach and maintain spot in your garden. Mine required a ladder/step-stool to keep up the top rows so I have eliminated it from the design plan and opting this year for the “Flower Towers” for the “vertical” look in the gardens.

The Pink Dresser: Who knew a pink dresser could have such impact!! I thought my new darling potting table was perfect for my antique and shabby chic containers and décor but WOW! POW! this makes me want to paint an old dresser and put it in the garden. A trip to the flea market is to find one of these and paint it a shocking pink or some outrageous pastel and place it in a prominent place in the garden! The alternative would be to paint the smaller potting table on the porch– now that’s a possibility that is easy and free!  Or how about that 1860 sideboard currently showcasing my antique teapots and cups?  Probably not but it sure would be pretty and unique!

The Pillowed Bench:  A Jamie Durie project which I used in my garden last year only for the wicker sofa.  (See images in earlier post.)

The Wicker Baskets:  What a fun idea and very useful for herb gardens.  I use the potting table and a tricycle for my herb pots but this is certainly an excellent idea for this year.  Speciality stores (Pier 1 Imports, Home Goods, Michael’s) have very reasonable baskets in fabulous designs and colors so perhaps to show off the green herbs they would be a great and different “look” addition to the garden.  The dilemma would be where to place them close-by the kitchen without having to mount?

The other pictured ideas I have:  the elee, bicycle, perennials galore and lots of purple but they do inspire!

Another project is my 9 ft.  Lydia statue in the main Promise Garden.  She is now “antique blue” and I want a new color.  What color should I paint her?  I’ll post about her soon.

*Image Credit:  HGTV  and Pinterest

In the Promise Gardens Fall Mums…

What would fall be without the beauty of Chrysanthemums in the gardens? The beauty of their colors of red, gold, orange, rust blend so well with the changing colors of the foliage. Each year I purchase new colors and varieties from our favorite garden center and divide the mums from last year thus multiplying them every year and now have a large display throughout the fall in the Promise Gardens.


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!


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!