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06 March 2009

More Garden Goodness

The weather today was picture perfect, and I should have been painting, but the yards were in such dire straits and they cried out for some much needed attention. Everything seems like it's spinning faster and faster, and so I'm glad the days are getting longer --
there is
so much
This morning, I planted lavender along the trash enclosure -- doesn't the purple look fantastic against the new exterior paint color?

This jasmine is about to explode into bloom. I planted it next to the side door of the Guest House - it will grow up and over the little porch, and smell wonderful.

I have 3 Pride of Madeiras and they are bursting with buds - this will be riot of purple within days, and the bees will come calling.

The monster POM in the backyard by the deck -- it's about to get a huge trimming. I was so afraid it wouldn't make it when I transplanted it -- Look at all those buds!

I'm so happy to see new leaves on my grapevines! I thought I lost these guys. They ended up getting covered in paint dust when we sanded the guest house, and lost all their leaves.

I have 4 grape vines that are in pots at each post of the pergola off my dining room. White geraniums spill from the pots towards the ground, and Elijah Blue keeps it company. The grape vines will form arches along the upper perimeter, and a Pauls Musk Rose or a Cecile Bruner will cover the top.

The wisteria continues to fill in the pergola off the bedroom nicely.

It's trying to make its way over to the shed ...

The bush lilies burst into bloom today, too! I was very surprised to see this yellow one -- they all were supposed to be orange...

These poor things have been living underneath the pepper tree with dirt piled over their roots while we decided where they were going to go permanently. Poor things. ...and they still bloomed. Thank you little flowers for hanging in there.
It's coming along ... little by little, we travel far. --j.r.r. toilken


niartist said...

It's really beautiful! And the pictures came out great.

once in a blue moon... said...

oh now you are talking my language! you know i adore all this stuff! i can smell it all! wisteria, jasmine, prides, poms, lav, its like you are calling off my best friends!

i am glad you had a garden day, its soul stirring to me!

hope you are happy after your great dinner and dos x's, relax and soak it all in, like scarlet says, tomorrow's another day!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Isa, thank you for sharing a bit of spring! We're a bit behind your season, but your beautiful photos give me hope.

Lovely, lovely photos! xo~m.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I love outdoor living and dinning. The summers are very short here in the Northwest. So, I greatly appreciate it while it's here. The aromas of Lavender, Jasmine and Wisteria are the intoxicating perfumes I anticipate each year.

Sweet Wishes,

Cindy J. said...

Beautiful photos, I am a California girl too, so enjoying all the promises of spring. cindy

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh what a riot of sight and scent! These little beauties that persist through so much are great reminders, eh? Your place will be stunning...stunning I tell ya!

Thanks for the show...BEAUTIFUL pics!!

Ryannan Bryer de Hickman said...

Isa, thank you for the walk through your garden!
Such a beautiful space.

vicki archer said...

Isa - your garden must be beautiful, these pictures are so evocative. It looks like Spring is underway, xv.

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...


How beautiful!!! Love seeing your blooming plants. My son is going to build me a veggie garden on our property and your lavender reminded me that it will have to be incorporated in our around the area! Thank you for sharing :) Cheryl

Miss Kris said...

What BEAUTY Isa! Your garden is so LOVELY in all its shades. I LOVE your wisteria!!! And yes, your lavender looks fantastic against the new exterior paint. FANTASTIC!!!

May you have a Bon weekend!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, this makes me want to get my hands in the dirt so badly! Alas, still too cold. But we are getting there!!


jerseygirl211 said...

Hi Isa,

The photos were beautiful. The best I could do outside today was put some nuts in one of our bird feeders and pull some dead leaves out of the planters on the porch. No sign of flowers around here yet, but it did get warm enough to go out without a jacket. :)


Helen said...

Great photos ... you have to be thrilled with the changing of the time tonight .... let's hear it for more daylight!

Catherine said...

You have such a beatiful garden! Lovely pictures, great quote!

Velvet and Linen said...

I can't tell you how jealous I am of your wisteria!
I planted a vine on my home when we built it
7 years ago, and I still barely get any blooms. I am definitely losing patience, especially when I see how gorgeous yours is!
Your garden is just beautiful, Isa.


Fifi Flowers said...

You have an absolutely lovely garden... you have inspired me to go out into mine tomorrow... I hope it is a sunshiny day!

alice said...

I am in heaven here on your blog!
You have such beautiful pictures.
Would you mind sharing the color you painted your exterior? I am immersed in paint books right now trying to find the perfect shade and you're looks so pretty!