English Roses & Promises

In the Promise Gardens, rose promises come true.  Our English roses are successful here because 1) they are loved and cared for 2) the have a healthy garden environment and 3) they are David Austin Roses.

We have over 250 roses and 70 are English roses and we absolutely love their prolific blooming and rambling look of pleasant softness and sweet aroma.  They are an integral part of our rose gardens.

Pictured here is Skylark…a beautiful luminous pink that is perfect in the garden and next to lavender, white peonies and lime green/silver foliage a knock-out color combination that will wow both outdoors and indoors.  The description of this lovely rose is here.

Visit David Austin Roses and you will see why I love them so!

Arches, Arbors & Other Such Things

Are you looking for a lovely Arbor, Arch, Trellis, or fixture to show off your climbing roses?  Jackson&Perkins has lovely ones.  After the wind destroyed our natural tree arbor, we are on the hunt for new ones.  These are lovely.  Find one that’s just perfect for your garden.

March Awakens the Promise Gardens

Spring is just around the corner and the rain and spring bulbs popping up in the Promise Gardens are a true indication that spring will soon be here.  Along with those lovelies that we patiently wait for during our cold and snow-filled days of winter, comes the work and preparation to ready the gardens for their best show of the season.  We love spring and summer months and although the Promise Gardens are filled with plants and trees for all seasons, it is our favorite garden time.  Why you ask?  As you can see from this image, the roses, peonies and flowering plants that pop with color and shout out to be loved, shared and photographed!  In this view is a favorite spot for our wedding, engagement, bridal portrait photography.  All of the gardens within the Promise Gardens have special places for every photographic session and opportunity.  Filling the gardens with furniture, props of every type and description make it a lovely and serene place to photograph and enjoy.  We will share features from each of those specials places this year on the blog.  Do you love “secret gardens” “children’s gardens” “romantic spots” “reading nooks” “statuary” “alees” “water features” “floral scents” “chirping birds” “garden tea parties” and paths filled with “lovely surprises”?  If so, come and visit our blog and enjoy the “Promise” of the season with us.

Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies.  Song of Solomon 6:1-3

September Tranquility in HDR (via Classy Wallpapers)

September is here!

September Tranquility in HDR Preparing for September travel, we look again at the beauty of the rolling hills, green valleys and mountaintop vistas as we sojourn to new places and photography adventures. The Shenandoah Valley is breathtaking in all seasons and we wait in anticipation for our favorite — the colors of fall foliage in October. Until then, download this beauty! … Read More

via Classy Wallpapers

Snow Storm by Night in the Promise Gardens

The Promise Gardens have been buried in snow for weeks and today another 10 inches over 4 on the ground and expecting another 20 or more!  Photo at night depics a section of the Rose Gardens from indoors spotted and glowing with the beauty of winter.   Sitting indoors in front of warm fire makes the scene complete!