Romantic Gardens Made Simple

Each year as we prepare the Promise Gardens for the Spring-Summer Flower & Rose Show we look for creative and new ways to feature plants and vines that make a “wow, come look closely at me.”  This is especially important when you have large gardens with many trees and ones that “need a little help” in being admired.  We work with the Arborists to clean up, take down and prune trees and utilize and then create new features.  In the above image, this is a small very hard tree that needed help so after pruning we created a trunk structure to house a bird house perch and climbing clematis.  These are always welcome in the garden for their natural beauty and secondary use to showcase climbing roses and clematis.  These natural tree climbers create a “romantic” feature of loveliness in the gardens so don’t give up on your small or sad trees make good and creative use of them.  Soon this climbing clematis will fill out all of the green vines with beautiful purple lavender flowers!  Happy Gardening!



From Gardens to Table, Perfumed Lilacs

From Gardens to Table – Perfumed Land of Spring Lilacs

These beautiful trees are abundant in flowers and aroma and fill the house and gardens with luscious blooms and fragrant aroma.  I am in awe of them as they brighten my Morning Room and smile as I now have eight lilac trees from the mother trees and soon will have a grove of them in my “Perfumed Land of  Spring Lilacs.”  Stunning describes them best when brought indoors to photograph and enjoy.

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I, WHO fade with the lilacs
And with the roses fade,
Am sharing this hour with them
Conferring in the shade.1
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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.