Jun 30, 2011

Tasha Tudor and Wild Roses...

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do you remember the wild roses
from my garden a couple posts ago?


after I cut them,
I started thinking about Tasha Tudor...

I love her cottage garden
 and the complete simplicity of her life...

I often dream or long for such
a quiet and peaceful life....


last week I joined Pinterest
(if you haven't joined yet,
 check out the link in my right sidebar)

and added this photo of Tasha
 to my garden Inspiration board....

I love the humbleness
of the flowers laid on the old calico apron...


so I decided to try my own vignette,

softer in color
and minus my dirty garden feet :-)



I love the nostalgia
of the apron and roses together...

a visual step back in time...



wild and 
unreasonably beautiful...


waste not want not....
in the end,
a bouquet was born :-)

Today I am joining....
and

Thanks for stopping by today....

Jun 29, 2011

Shabby French Flower Bucket and Foxgloves...


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If you remember I told you,
Foxgloves have been loving our cold wet spring...

so it was fun to be able to indulge
 in a big bouquet!


they make a luxurious display in the parlor..




a bold pop of summer color...




this shabby french flower bucket
in the perfect shade of faded blue,
was an early spring garage sale find...

I have been waiting for the right flowers to fill it.....


the buckets stand
is hand crafted from rebar....

giving it the perfect french country feel...




up on the mantle top
the table runner was designed by Gertrude Jekyll....


when her petals fell began to fall from an old bouquet,
I pulled the rest off,
and let them dry in place...

her fragrance lingers...





Today I am joining,

and

Thanks for visiting me today...

Jun 28, 2011

Gardening up Front...

I thought you might like to take a stroll
up in the front garden today?

I have mentioned before that although...
I live in a very small town,
I also live very downtown...

So I usually hide out in the back a lot....

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It looked so pretty today
I thought we would take a peek....


it wouldn't be a cottage garden,
with out a Cottage Rose....


I am crazy for the tall spikes of Delphinium
and this lavender is a favorite....


when you look close,
you see the lavender is surrounded
by a soft sky blue under petal...


another Delphinium,
in the brightest blue ever!

they are always cheery
even on the cloudiest day...


Valerian...


Pincushion Flowers...


up close...


a friend to bees...


the Ballerina Rose dances a pas de deux
with Feverfew...


nearby a rose that was lost over the winter,
has come back as her
wild below the graft original self...

breaking up the soft harmony of the garden,
I really should pull her...


the other side of the fence,
 the last Columbine at the foot of the fence...


a long view,
April in Paris at the front of the line....


the very last of the Peonies,
petals thrown all the way backwards,
she reminds me of a bird in flight...


Ladies Mantle frames a porch view of my


I also lost my Memorial Day Rose,
this wild thing took her place...

she is unruly,
but such a rugged beauty...


I filled my small double bucket with her...

I use this little bucket when I weed and prune,
to gather the snips,
for bringing in to make bouquets....


too pretty to waste...

we should go around back....


so you can get a peek at the Eden Rose...


reflect...


and admire....


The Queen Elizabeth is once again
reaching sky high!

see there are blue skies in Seattle,
once in awhile:-))


The Snowbell tree is in full bloom!
an ocean of petite flowers...


filling the air with their citrus scent...


Today I am joining...

and

Thanks for strolling today....