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
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.
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!
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
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 ~ ~ ~