Floral Baskets, Flowers, Garden Bicycle, Garden Design, Garden Design Color Guide, Nature, Perennials & Annuals, Photography, Promise Gardens, Rose & Flower Show, Roses & Flowers

A Beautiful Ride with Flowers

As you might have guessed from my new banner, I have completed the garden bicycle and it is exactly what I anticipated it to be…simply lovely!  As I blogged on my design in earlier posts of “Promise Garden Color Guide” and “A Lovely Ride” the flower bicycle is a favorite focal point for the 2012 Rose & Flower Show with lots of exclamations of “wow” with praise and “I want one”!

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A few notes:  My final decision was Turquoise as the color for the bike (see Color Guide link above) and Purple for the Herb Tricycle (photos forthcoming).  The flowers will grow out and cascade over the bicycle in several weeks which will enhance it even more.  I used many different annuals and perennials that trail, cascade and give an ever-blooming display.  Watch the blog for more on the bikes, trikes and potting tables.  The slideshow gallery for the 2012 Rose & Flower Show will be posted soon.   Be inspired to create and happy gardening!!

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Art, Art on Canvas, Promise Gardens, Tulips

The Colors of Tulips


“SEE how the flowers, as at parade,
Under their colors stand display’d:
Each regiment in order grows,
That of the tulip, pink, and rose.”
-A Garden
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The Promise Gardens begin their beautiful spring flower display with tulips taking center stage.  What can be more beautiful in the garden than seeing the first blooms of spring in a colorful array of pastels and popping bright colors?  I think that none can take their place.  I am transfixed by them as they swirl and dance in the soft winds and how appropriate to photograph them for the new Promise Gardens 2019 Art on Canvas series.  Imagine this beauty in a mega large canvas in a room designed with these colors!  Stunningly beautiful!  My next interior design project for my @ClassyChicHome will be designed using this “Lavender Spring” Art on Canvas as its inspiration.  _JacyJoyPals

Bulbs & Tulips, Flowering Trees, Flowers, Historic Gardens, Hyacinth, Promise Gardens

Spring Garden Planning

It’s that time again gardening friends to plan your gardens for 2019 season.  We are creating many new garden beds, moving plants to new locations and the favorite part of it all is choosing beautiful new plants from the plethora of gorgeous ones available to us.  This year we will be adding to our four rose gardens new antique, English and modern roses with colorful new borders.  For our original Promise Garden on the rock hill where Lydia lives and oversees, we will plant many new flowering bulbs and low-growing flowering ground covers.  This are  just a few of the additions to the 2019 Promise Gardens so an inspiration storyboard was in order.  As all good gardeners say, “it is never too early to plan for our gardens” and “you can never have too many garden beds and flowers.”  We wish you inspiration and happy planning your gardens for 2019!  #Jacy JoyPals  #PromiseGardens

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Thanks to all of our gardening friends for their inspirational photos.

Art, Historic Trees, Landscape Photography, Nature, Promise Gardens, Snow

Beautiful Sunset and Snow

“But at sunset the clouds gathered again, bringing an earlier night, and the snow began to fall straight and steadily from a sky without wind, in a soft universal diffusion more confusing than the gusts and eddies of the morning. It seemed to be a part of the thickening darkness, to be the winter night itself descending on us layer by layer.”
— EdithWharton

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Garden Photography, Historic Trees, Photo Walk, Promise Gardens

Meadows Dawn


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“Out of the mid-wood’s twilight
Into the meadow’s dawn,
Ivory limbed and brown-eyed,
Flashes my Faun!

He skips through the copses singing,
And his shadow dances along,
And I know not which I should follow,
Shadow or song!

O Hunter, snare me his shadow!
O Nightingale, catch me his strain!
Else moonstruck with music and madness
I track him in vain!”

In The Forest – Poem by Oscar Wilde
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English Roses, Flowering Trees, Flowers, Garden Design, Garden Photography, Gardening, Historic Gardens, Horticulture, Landscape Photography, Nature, Perennials & Annuals, Photography, Promise Gardens, Secret Garden, Vegetable Gardening, Williamsburg Gardens

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

Flowers, Landscape Photography, Peonies, Promise Gardens

Peonies – The Hieroglyphics of Angels

Baskets of Peonies from the Promise Gardens display their beauty in color and aroma that makes the heart smile.  This season they were exceptional and every room was filled with vases and baskets of them.  As they have completed their blooms for this season, we await the full bloom of the English Rose Garden which are so beautiful and we call our “baby peonies” in their petals, softness and glory.  They, as the poet says “speak” in “hieroglyphics of angels” . . .

“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.
They are the hieroglyphics of angels,
loved by all men for the beauty of their character,
though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.”
~Lydia M. Child

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