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The Gardener

The Gardener

The gardener does not love to talk.
He makes me keep the gravel walk;
And when he puts his tools away,
He locks the door and takes the key.

Away behind the currant row,
Where no one else but cook may go,
Far in the plots, I see him dig,
Old and serious, brown and big.

He digs the flowers, green, red, and blue,
Nor wishes to be spoken to.
He digs the flowers and cuts the hay,
And never seems to want to play.

Silly gardener! summer goes,
And winter comes with pinching toes,
When in the garden bare and brown
You must lay your barrow down.

Well now, and while the summer stays,
To profit by these garden days
O how much wiser you would be
To play at Indian wars with me!

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Robert Louis Stevenson

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“The Gardener” from the Art on Canvas  Collection of Jay&Jacy Photography  ©2018 All Rights Reserved

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Flowers, Garden Design, Garden Photography, Promise Gardens, Roses & Flowers

Lydia Of The Promise Gardens

The beautiful bronze Lydia adorned and boasting beautiful coleus flowers shows off her beauty as the sun shines on her.  This is her new color for 2018 as she lights up the corner Promise Garden.  From original white to blue to bronze she always shines and perfects the show in the Promise Gardens.  She models in frames for 2018.

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Beautiful Golden Copper Lydia

Beautiful Golden Copper Lydia has been wonderfully dressed in a brilliant golden copper for 2018.  She spent many years “natural” then to “dressed in blue” and now exquisitely dressed in gleaming golden copper.  When the sun’s rays shine on Lydia she takes on a totally surreal beauty that only the light, sun and color could capture.  Remember as you garden and tire of the “old look” you can always rejuvenate and beautify those sad garden statues and features to new again.  Isn’t she lovely?  We think so and even though the photos do not do true justice to her, the eyes do.  Happy Gardening and be sure to add a “Lydia” to your gardens too.

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Don’t Forget The Herbs!

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!


A few helpful sites for growing herbs:  Better Homes & Garden and Burpee.

“And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” Genesis 1:29

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The Art of Gardening

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

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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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Spring Promises & Morning Sunshine

It is almost Spring Time again and even though it is only February, today we had a 77 degree surprise after the 30’s last week.  It is never to early to begin planning this years Spring beauty.  We will soon be sharing our lovely gardens again with you!  Until then, Get ready for your Happy Spring Gardening!

We are out and about on this lovely day watching the tulips and bulbs pop out everywhere.  Soon we will have the incredible beauty of them!

A little remembrance… How wonderful to see the sunshine this morning after drenching rains yesterday which watered the gardens so beautifully and the flowers just popped out with joy, the leaves drinking up each drop and of course, most importantly, the roots just as happy as can be.  How precious is the rain and sunshine to the gardens…very…and they show their appreciation by happiness in color, buds and giving joy to their caretakers.

This is another image from the Promise Gardens Spring & Summer photoshoots. The plants (common name) are from left to right: Tulips, Mock Orange, Rose of Sharon, Peony, Hollyhock.

Notes:

  •  Tulips: Everyone loves tulips, a must have in your spring garden/planters.
  •  Mock Orange:  An amazing bursting forth each spring of incredible white  flowers with glorious aroma.
  • Rose Sharon:  Breathtakingly beautiful and each year more abundant.
  • Peonies:  No garden is complete without an array of peonies.  The yellow is new to our gardens this year…sensational!
  • Hollyhock: The “red” hollyhock is a favorite and just breathtaking in the garden.  We have both single/double and prefer the historic “single” version.  These are heart stopping!

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