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21 June 2009

Sunday in the Garden -- Favorite Combinations

Lavender, stone and those pencil Italian Cedars... it's one of those combinations that elicits a sigh of delight and makes my heart sing.

Add a wall donned in lush creeping fig and an archaic door ... well, now you are singing love songs to me!

Pamela Pierce via Cote de Texas

Responding to the water shortage and mandatory rationing here in Coastal Southern California, we have even more motivation to do away with much of the grass. I love the ideas of meandering paths that weave through rangy vignettes -- breaking up and replacing much of the regular lawn.

Martha Stewart

A field of lavender surrounded in green (and peppered in Santa Barbara Daisies in this photo) would be great instead of your traditional yard.

A drive lined in sentries of cedars and lavender is heart stoppingly beautiful. The cedars we have are far too big for the property and our McMini, so we will be ripping them out, chipping them for mulch and replacing them with the smaller "Tiny Tower" versions and flanking each one of them in lavender.

Catmint makes a great alternative or addition to lavender, as Erin showed in these stunning photos last week at the garden party.

I love the stone walls and stairs -- I wish I could have a tiered yard!

Pea gravel pathways are beautiful, and will definitely wind through Museville.

The Guest House backyard will look very similar to this -- I love the simplicity. Beautiful. A cup of coffee, the paper, sea breezes and the songs of the birds -- does it get any better?

Well, if it were designed by the dynamic duo of Giannetti Architecture and Interiors , then yes, I think it could get better - this property designed by the Giannettis was featured on Brooke's blog, Velvet and Linen, and it absolutely takes my breath away.

via Velvet and Linen

Equally stunning in casual layouts...

... or more formal.

Giannetti Architecture and Interiors. via Velvet and Linen

Waiting for you at the end of the newly laid paths in Museville will be a bench to curl up in. A place to sit and read, have your coffee, or just drink in the view and the gorgeous weather.

Doesn't get any better in my book.

Yep, sounds ... and looks ... like heaven to me.

Be sure to go by Arties and see what's going on in his garden world and who else has joined this week's Share a garden Sunday!


niartist said...

Oh twin! This is MAGNIFIQUE! Right out of the french countryside. Even though some of them are in places like HOUSTON!!!?!?!?!? Love that Pam Pierce garden. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that catmint post that Erin did last week - this is so you, and I know that one day when I win the lottery and buy that compound perched high upon the hills of the south of France, you'll spend your days creating gardens just like these. And by creating I mean pointing where you'd like for things to go to the hunky, shirtless Pierre, while Sven, our blonde, blue eyed swedish servant brings us French Martini's with Chambourd on the lawn. Tres chic!

Deborah said...

Oh My. That was so relaxing...so ZEN. I am at peace with the world! **blows kisses** Deborah

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Stomps foot and say,with a whiney voice,"I want a garden like that!!!"

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I had to look through the pictures verrry slowly, cause I was mesmorized by Mad world song...It was just amazing together.

Thanks darlin'. Made my morning!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Beautiful. And I can just imagine the amazing fragrance.
Alas, lavender does not thrive in my climate. That's why I love to see these photos!

Kimberly said...

These are absolutely stunning images. My hubby is in the irrigation business. His company is based in Phoenix and they are water conservation gurus. I will share your post with him, and I'm sure it will be appreciated. Garden on my friend!!! :) KIM

Brenda said...

Nope, doesn't get any better than this. Beautiful surroundings, aromatic lavender swaying in the breeze. Gorgeous gazebo down meandering pathway... Nope, it really doesn't!

Tracie said...

This is so dreamy....I may continue to visit it all day and pretend that I am there :>....I may go out and get myself some lavendar today too...I love your blog..such a great feeling to it...thanks for sharing!

Carrie said...

Wow, a beautiful collection of engaging gardens. Thanks for sharing!

Velvet and Linen said...

I can't imagine a more beautiful place to spend a sunday than in these gardens. John Saladino is so inspiring. Thank you for including one of Steve's gardens!


Linda said...

Lavender....Love it!
Thank you for sharing today.
Beautiful photos for Sunday!

Bonnie said...

What beautiful garden photos! So inspiring and full of lovely ideas. I have inherited a big tiered garden in LA with large mature trees, a variety of plants and flowers, and meandering paths. However, it requires a lot of attention and sadly it has become overgrown, the lawn is so sad... and its all becoming more than I know how to manage. It all needs help and guidance. Your post offers some great ideas and inspiration... thank you! Im not giving up!

imjacobsmom said...

Give me that field of lavendar and daisies and I'd be in heaven....Robyn

Mary said...

You've created a really lovely meme just filled with beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing these lovely and relaxing spots with us.