garden

garden inspiration… #crocus

Hello, lovely friends. No, I’m not dead. I’ve just been hibernating apparently, lol. As spring approaches, however, I find renewed interest in all of my creative outlets & thought it high time to dust off my blog. I hope this finds all of you healthy, whole & happy. Much love, s. xoxo

“Fair-handed Spring unbosoms every grace; throws out the snowdrop and the crocus first.” ~James Thomson

 

purple woodland crocus

purple crocus

striped crocus

dewy crocus

pink crocus

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garden inspiration… #greenhouses

Let’s just say I have greenhouse envy. I have neither the space nor the amount of sunlight needed (big trees, lots of shade) for one, but oooh! they look so nice! I hope that in another life I not only had a greenhouse, but people that made it all fabulous for me and did all of the work, so I could just pop in and admire the orchids and perhaps take tea there. I mean, come on… If I’m wishing & whatnot. These are a few of my favorites… Enjoy these & your lovely weekends, my friends. xoxo

lovely greenhouse

greenhouse

dream greenhouse

perfection

classic greenhouse

greenhouse interior

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garden inspiration… #hellebore

I’m making this snappy today as it’s Friday and it’s been a crazy busy week. As our weather has fluctuated between bright & crisp to blustery & wet, I’ve only managed a few magical moments in my garden this week. I planted a few bulbs and made sure to mulch my hellebores. They are looking very sturdy and dull at the moment, but I know that they will repay me in the next few months with big drooping heads of lovely blooms (that I will share on Instagram, as usual). The following images are some of my very favorites, a few of which I actually have. TGIF, my friends! Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

single pink hellebore

single purple hellebore

"Blue Metallic Lady" hellebore

lime green hellebore

double pink hellebore

spotted hellebore

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garden inspiration… #bougainvillea

I frequently get comments on my gardening pins tinged with sadness that they don’t live in a plant hardiness zone that will allow them to grow the loveliness portrayed in the photo. Whether it be hydrangea, peonies, wisteria – someone somewhere can’t grow it. Now, usually, I pin my own garden favourites so this isn’t an issue for me. There are a handful of exceptions, however, and the lovely vine bougainvillea is one such exception. If it could run wild up the back side of my house or take over a corner of my garden, pure joy would beam out of my eyes. Here are a few of my favourite shots… (And have a lovely weekend, my friends! Do something you’ve never done before and report back on Monday! xoxo)

bougainvillea close-up

bougainvillea balconies

lovely bougainvillea

bougainvillea

bougainvillea

bougainvillea + cactus + succulents

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color of the day… #yellow

I can guarantee you that even one small year ago, I would never have written a post on the color yellow. It was the only color in the spectrum that I disliked. (I’m tempted to use the “h” word, but it’s the only word I’ve forbidden the kids to use, so hey, rules are rules.) Even now, you won’t find it anywhere in my house. Or garden, for that matter – except maybe in the center of a bright pink peony. But, what the heck. It’s a new day. I’m wide open to new possibilities. With that thought, here are a handful of fabulous photos featuring a color I’m warming up to… Enjoy your day!

golden celebration (Ausgold) rose

yellow beach umbrellas

Marc by Marc Jacobs bucket bag

 

yellow stairs

yellow blooms

hairstylist in Paris

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summer lovin’… #poolside

Poolside is one of my very favourite boards. It is also where you would have found me this week, if you’d only known where to look. I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer every bit as much as I have. Please reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram and share your summers with me. I’d love to connect! xoxo

oasis of calm

tropical minimalism

potted perimeter pool

the. best. pool. ever.

hol(ida)y dreamin'

symmetrical loveliness

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garden inspiration… #dahlia

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ~Claude Monet

My love affair with dahlias began much later than with other flowers. My dad adored them, but I always found them a bit… tidy. I tend to prefer flowers that sprawl a bit or self-seed or just generally misbehave. Dahlias do none of these things. They are particularly particular. However, two things changed my mind forever – one being the dahlia border at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, which is beyond stunning; the second being a little self-serve roadside stand (also in Victoria) that sold fresh bouquets of dahlias throughout late summer and into fall. At the time, you could get a single bunch for $3 or 2/$5. They came in such an array of colours, shapes & sizes, I couldn’t help myself. I used to buy them by the armful. And, between the two, I was hooked. As I live under massive trees, surrounded by tall hedges, I don’t have a spot at present that would accommodate these sun-lovers so I have to be content with pretty pictures like these… (Have a lovely day!! xo)

dahlia

dahlia

white & purple dahlia

stunner

pink dahlias

salmon dahlia

 

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board crush… #secretgarden

Who wouldn’t want a secret little getaway from the world? A place no one else even knows exists. And, perhaps, a place that once stumbled upon, can’t be entered as it’s not only secret, but private. I’ve been enamoured of this idea since I was a child. Maybe that’s one of the many reasons my current home appealed to me so much – the backyard is 100% private. It’s fenced & hedged entirely, but obviously it’s no secret as it’s a backyard. It is all ours though and we’ve been doing what we can to make it our very own private oasis. Here are a smattering of shots that have inspired me (These are all taken from my Secret Garden board on Pinterest. I do, however, share snaps of my own garden on Instagram regularly.)… Enjoy the weekend! xoxo

English garden

secret blue garden door

lush & private

Rousham Hall Gardens

south of France

secret garden

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garden inspiration… #lupine

Universally admired, the lupine is a true work horse in the garden. Amazingly easy to grow (seriously, I’ve grown them from seed), highly drought tolerant and available in a stunning array of colours. Every time we’ve visited Newfoundland in the summer, the sides of the highway are literally painted by masses of wild lupine. So gorgeous. (And, if they can grow in Newfoundland, they can grow anywhere!) Have a colourful day, my friends! xoxo

pink lupine

lovely white lupine

lupine in the sunlight

purple lupine

purple & white lupine

neon lupine

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summer lovin’… #alfresco

With summer well upon us, it is high time to take our plates (& glasses… Cheers!) outside. Whether your ideal meal outside is a picnic in a scenic locale, lunch at the beach, dinner in the garden or a moment spent outdoors at a food truck in a hustle-y bustle-y city square, I hope you take the time to indulge well and often this summer. The fresh air will do us all good.

I’m going to make a tiny leap and assume that dining outdoors is a popular thing as my Al Fresco board is one of my most popular boards. The shots below are just a sampling. Enjoy your weekend, my friends! xoxo

“Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.” ~Danish Proverb

picnic perfection

to-die-for view

in the backyard

al fresco at its finest

twilight in the garden

loveliness

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garden inspiration… #hydrangea

Having lived in the same plant hardiness zone (8) since I was six, hydrangeas are such a garden staple that it wasn’t until reading comments on Pinterest that I realized that these lovely plants don’t grow everywhere – or at least not easily. I seriously can’t imagine my garden without them. And between hydrangeas & cherry blossoms, it would seem that a trip to Japan is eventually in the cards. Until then, my own garden will have to do. (Btw, several of mine will be bursting soon & I will be sharing those snaps on Instagram. Join me!) xoxo

 

kokoro

“he draws the essence

of his heart – a nascent firefly

in meadow-spun light

and blazing summers arrive 

summoning blizzards

of blue hydrangeas”

~ber

hydrangea, Mimurotoji Garden in Uji, Kyoto, Japan
hydrangea, Mimurotoji Garden in Uji, Kyoto, Japan
hydrangea temple, Kannon-ji temple, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan
hydrangea temple, Kannon-ji temple, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan
lilac-colored hydrangea
lilac-colored hydrangea
white-edged purple hydrangea
white-edged purple hydrangea
hydrangea garden, Yoshimine Temple of Kyoto, Japan
hydrangea garden, Yoshimine Temple of Kyoto, Japan
blue hydrangea hedgerow
blue hydrangea hedgerow

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color of the day… #orange

“Orange is the happiest color.” ~Frank Sinatra

Well, it certainly is juicy at least and you have to admit, it exudes confidence. So, grab some orange and strut your stuff. 😉

Rene Caovilla crystal heels
Rene Caovilla crystal heels
orange English rose,
orange English rose, “Grace”
Dior lipstick
Dior lipstick
orange peonies
orange peonies
Marc by Marc Jacobs drawstring bag
Marc by Marc Jacobs drawstring bag
orange sweet rolls
orange sweet rolls

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garden inspiration… #magnolia

“Inside plum trees stood in a row, flowers lifted their pale throats to the moon and stars, a magnolia held its tight-closed buds like white candles in its green hands.” ~Marisa De Los Santos

Mine is just so, with large white candle-like buds about to burst into saucer-sized blooms of creamy white. I’ve shared a snap on my Instagram account, but for here I’ll share some shots via Pinterest. Enjoy. xo

pink magnolia

white magnolia

pink magnolia

Magnolia soulangeana

Magnolia sieboldii

pink magnolia

 

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color of the day… #green

“The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.” ~Rumi

May your love gardens be ever green, my friends. xxx

structured
structured + contained
green office chair
green office chair
green magpie
green magpie
green velvet chair
green velvet chair
lush deck area
lush deck area
labradorite necklace
labradorite necklace

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garden inspiration… #white

Further to last week’s post on all things white (including the White Garden at Sissinghurst), I thought I would pull a few of my favorite images from my Pinterest board, The White Garden, to share with you. Please note that these are merely inspired by the famed garden and not necessarily of it. Enjoy!

“She walks among the loveliness she made, Between the apple-blossom and the water – She walks among the patterned pied brocade, Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter.” ~Vita Sackville-West

"Winchester Cathedral" ~ David Austin white rose
“Winchester Cathedral” ~ David Austin white rose
The White Garden, Sissinghurst, Kent, UK
The White Garden, Sissinghurst, Kent, UK
white lotus
white lotus
white peony walk
white peony walk
lady in white
lady in white
mock orange
mock orange

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garden inspiration… #wisteria

I must have blinked because it seems that just yesterday my lovely wisteria was blooming and now there is one last lonely panicle. As a reminder of what I seem to have (mostly) missed and an inspiration to another weekend in the garden, here are a few truly extraordinary wisteria pictures I’d like to share…

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Andersen

lovely wisteria

wisteria arbor

pink rain (wisteria)

pink wisteria

white wisteria

wisteria

 

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summer reading… #foryou

With my daughter home from university, my son finishing finals in a week, & the weather being positively glorious, all of my thoughts throb with one word… summer, summer, summer. And with that siren song, I find myself writing two lists, one a summer bucket list for me & mine, the other a summer reading list. Now, this list is recommended reading for you, being favorites of mine. I’ll make & publish my own in the next day or two. Until then. xoxo

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ~Oscar Wilde

"The Gardener of Versailles" by Alain Baraton
“The Gardener of Versailles” by Alain Baraton
"The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
"Marie Antoinette: The Journey" by Antonia Fraser
“Marie Antoinette: The Journey” by Antonia Fraser
"Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel
“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Mohsin Hamid
“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid
"Behind Closed Doors" by Rob Meyers
“Behind Closed Doors” by Rob Meyers

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color of the day… #white

You could say that my love affair with all things white began when my best friend gave me a copy of “Portrait of a Marriage” to read. Compiled by their son, Nigel Nicolson, the love letters of Vita Sackville-West & her husband, Harold Nicolson, stand as an enduring testament of their love & partnership. This collection also first introduced me to their lovely garden, the White Garden at Sissinghurst – a garden, I might add, that I missed due to poor planning on my part (Sissinghurst is only open sporadically throughout the week and I missed it by a day. Don’t make the same mistake.). White, to me, is the colour of possibility & eternity. What are your associations with the colour white??

“White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black… God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.” ~Gilbert K. Chesterton

white peony
white peony
white living room
white living room
white wisteria
white wisteria
white chocolate raspberry mousse cupcakes
white chocolate raspberry mousse cupcakes
white lace tunic
white lace tunic
white horse
white horse

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garden inspiration… #roses

Today I thought I’d add a few photos to inspire your weekend gardening plans. Whether your plans involve getting your hands dirty, sipping a cold drink, or taking a picnic to your favorite park or beach, have a lovely weekend, my friends. I will definitely be raising a glass to all of you! Cheers!

“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.” ~Rumi

pink rose
pink rose
"Burgundy Ice" rose
“Burgundy Ice” rose
rose walkway
rose walkway
pink roses
pink roses
rose garden
rose garden
lavender rose
lavender rose

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color of the day… #turquoise

Was there ever a more feminine or lively shade of blue than turquoise? For me, the answer is unequivocally no. I know that smell is the sense that is most often associated with memory, but it is color that evokes memories for me. And all of my turquoise memories are good. Very, very good.

“The tones of gray, pale turquoise & pink will prevail.” ~Christian Dior

blue poppy
blue poppy
Tory Burch sandals
turquoise sandals
painted turquoise
turquoise streets
turquoise bracelet
turquoise bracelet
turquoise macarons
turquoise macarons
turquoise chandelier
turquoise chandelier

 

dreaming of summer… #gardens

What a lovely spring we’re having here! I have been out and about in my garden for weeks & weeks now and am no longer waiting for things to grow as they are already blooming. It’s always nice to have a vision to inspire you and below are a few images pulled from my Envy board on Pinterest. I hope they inspire you as much as they have me.

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James

 

perfection undercover
perfection undercover
garden hideaway
garden hideaway
lovely pergola
lovely pergola
bench + wisteria
bench + wisteria
chairs by the fountain
chairs by the fountain
hammock heaven
hammock heaven

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