Monday, July 14, 2014

Vintage Garden

I have written two posts about my friend Lisa's gorgeous home - here and here.


As much as I love Lisa's house, her gardens take my breath away.


We should start the garden tour here at the cottage right outside the living room, but I am saving the best for last.


Instead we will begin in the Secret Garden, right outside Lisa's bedroom.


From the front, it looks like a little house, but you can see on the left that it is just a frame.


Fun architectural pieces and vignettes 


are placed all along the garden walls. 


My favorite part of the Secret Garden, other than the fantastic doors, 


is the hammock all dressed and calling me to sway in the breeze while reading a book.


If I had a hammock and a Secret Garden at my house, I don't think I would ever get much done.


But, Lisa can't entertain in the Secret Garden so a vintage wicker sofa with comfy pillows sits on the patio outside her bedroom doors.


This view of the patio shows the beautiful border of flowers all along the edge of the yard.


The patio is filled with fun vintage pieces gathered together into sweet vignettes.


I am in love with the grapevine and mason jar chandelier hanging on the patio.


Beyond the patio is a large lawn space


with lush flower borders - a closer look at the borders shows all sorts of eye candy.


Old gates and bed frames are tucked into the greenery with flowers weaving through the openings.


Rusty metal sculptures are hidden behind lush vines.


Statuary is hidden all throughout the garden.


And just like on the front porch, birdhouses are on display.


I am enchanted with Lisa's garden


and dream of the day when Lulu stops digging up flowers and allows my garden to thrive.


I said I was saving the best for last, but there are already 22 photos in this post, 47 if you count each photo in the collages.


So, I am going to end today's garden tour with a sneak peek at Lisa's little garden cottage - you will have to come back in a few days to see the inside and get the scoop on where she bought it.

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62 comments:

Ms Misantropia said...

Such dreamy beauty, like something from a gorgeous romantic movie!

greenthumb said...

Such a very pretty garden, I can see they love to work and spend time there.

Linda at French Hollow said...

Such a lovely garden - thanks so much much sharing! And to Lisa too of course. I'm inspired.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

That garden cottage is PERFECT! I love my enclosed patio, but it's not painted white, and probably never will be since my husband would think it ludicrous to do so! But that's all I think it needs to give that last lift of perfection, that I see here. She has the same wicker bench I do, and I am loving my life in the garden these days!

Her garden is fantastic my friend. LOVE!

Carla from The River said...

I love it. I love the yard and how the flowers make the boarder around the yard. Beautiful.
Thank you for sharing her work.

Heather - New House New Home said...

Wow! What a gorgeous garden. I adore that Secret Garden doorway - how ingenious.

chateau chic said...

I truly am enchanted with Lisa's gardens. They are absolutely heavenly!!! I want one just like hers!
Mary Alice

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I have so enjoyed seeing her home and gardens. They are so pretty. I would love to be lying in that hammock right now.

ANNE said...

lovely...

September Violets said...

REALLY??!! You couldn't show us inside the garden cottage today?! I wasn't counting the photos, I was just loving the tour you gave. What a beautiful, tranquil, inviting garden Lisa has. I agree with you on the hammock, it would be calling to me all day long. What a lovely summery place (well I guess it's summery all year long!). Thanks so much for sharing, I love every bit of this, and it has given me food for thought to add sculptures and bedframes to my own yard! Wendy x

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

"vintage"

"secret garden"

magic words!

you had me, with such magic words.

:-)

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

hon, has any other blogger, other than me, told you that your photos take a long time to load?

now of course, this may just be my experience. so that's no-never-mind, for you.

but if it is happening to more than just me... and if no one else is telling you... and if this is causing some new readers, to not-stay-till-all-pics-load... then that could be a problem.

as i said, no-never-mind, if no one else is having this problem!!!

tessa
(who wants readers to tell her, of any issues they encounter, with her blog... :-) )

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh my, that is just lovely! Can you imagine living in that garden? Dream!!!
hugs, Linda

ps I don't have any problems with your photos loading.

Stacey said...

I can see why you would be enchanted! I always admire people who have the ability to take all the stuff and make it look so amazing. I love it all! Garden tours are my favorite. :)

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol I am just swooning. That secret garden doors are gorgeous. I had to go back through the pictures a few times. I was like looking through my favorite garden decor book. How absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to see the inside of her garden cottage. Please get that post up fast. I cannot wait to see in there.
Kris

Stacey said...

Your photos load fine for me too.

Poppy said...

Lisa's home and garden are absolutely lovely! I bet that hammock could solve my sleep deprivation; so comfy looking!

Poppy

Dawn from We Call It Junkin.com said...

What a great garden! I love the hammock especially.
Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

jinxxxygirl said...

Omgoodness i love the hammock and the birdhouses... After all this touring of Lisa's house and garden i'm realizing that the distressed look may not be for me... I have the desire to give everything a good coat of paint... Funny how you realize things about yourself out of the blue... I think this was just a little bit of distressed overload for me. One or two or even a few distressed pieces are fine but everything? Thanks so much for opening your home and garden Lisa and Carol for sharing the photos. What fun! Hugs! deb

angie said...

ich liebe ihren secret garden!!!!! angie aus deutschland

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

I too am enchanted with your friends garden. So beautiful!o

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

What a magical and lovely back yard!! I love all your sweet vintage touches!! So very pretty, everything is! Happy sweet day to you! xo Holly

podso said...

Wow, what a beautiful garden and yard! I am wondering if those are handkerchiefs hanging in the last photo. The outdoor room looks so inviting! Here where I live we could never have such a thing--it would be wet with rain or dirt from birds or mold from humidity. I guess that is a benefit from living where you do!

My Garden Diaries said...

Ah boy!!! Thank you for sharing this one friend! I had viewed it earlier and was excited to sit down and actually take my time to look at it again! Her borders really are amazing!!! I am loving the swaths of white in the foreground and her roses are mouth watering!!!! And her individual vignettes so fit in with her unique and beautiful space! LOVE that entrance to her garden...how cool is that!!!!! I would really like to walk this garden in person! Please tell her that I think her space is just stunning! Happy day to you Carol!!! Nicole xoxo

Lorrie said...

There are so many beautiful touches in Lisa's garden - a delight at every corner. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie said...

Gorgeous! Her gardens should be featured in Romantic Homes magazine. That hammock is way too tempting...I would grab a book and go lie in it, and never want to get up.

Kirby Carespodi said...

What an absolutely GORGEOUS garden!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

This garden is like wonderland! I'll be back to see the garden cottage!

fiona anderson said...

It's so enchanting and so inviting. I love the look of the hammock and the sofa and how everything is just covered in blooms.

Jen Kershner said...

I'm in love. That gives me something to aspire to. Thank you for sharing her gorgeous space.

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

Truly enchanting...so much to see and so many great spaces to enjoy! I can't wait to see the rest of that cottage!

Kelly said...

Wow! She really does have a beautiful property. I loved the hammock in her secret garden too. Looking forward to another tour.

Jann Olson said...

Absolutely gorgeous Carol! Your friend Lisa has created an oasis. Love everything about it! Can't wait to see more of the garden house. We are in the planning mode for one up on the hill. You mentioned where she bought it. I thought we would have to build. Would love to find a unique one to buy if possible!
hugs,
Jann

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Enchanting, charming, whimsical, magical, dreamy, sheer creativity! I love it all, the secret garden frame, the cottage, the pretty colorful flower array, the rusted metal creatures and all the fun displays. Thanks for sharing.
XO,
Vera

Vicky Hunt said...

What a paradise! I would feel like was on vacation all the time if I lived in her beautiful home and could walk out into beautiful gardens like that every day! Looking forward to seeing the garden cottage! Thanks for sharing and thank your friend for allowing you to share.
Blessings, Vicky

cynthia lee designs said...

Just Beautiful!!
~Cindy

Kathy said...

Oh.My.Gosh! So much inspiration and I'm with you on that hammock. I don't normally think they look very comfortable but that one bekons!

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

I am enchanted with Lisa's garden too. So full of character and little corners with so many surprises. So inviting and welcoming.

Thank you for sharing.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Lots of inspiration here. Beautiful.

Candy Pop said...

Wonderful!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh, I dream about having a flower garden like this! Love it all!!

Connie said...

Carol, your friend's garden is just enchanting . . . what a beautiful space to relax and enjoy the outdoor life :)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh Carol - I'm dying here - that is one amazing garden - too many details that I love to even mention - but that secret garden is heavenly and I've made up my mind now - I definitely need a hammock!
I'm off to pin roughly 25 photos lol
Thanks so much for sharing - I should show this to John really - he gives me such flack with my garden
" art "
xoxoxo

Janice Kay Schaub said...

just beautiful. I love your taste. I love old things poked in hidden places. I will have to keep looking for more. I have to wait for it to cool down though
Janice

Kristine@Miss Ellie's Emporium said...

There's only one word to describe the garden. Beautiful. I want a garden like that too! XD

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, what a gorgeous secret garden. i love the hammock & the little gnome. what a fun garden. what a fun place. ( :

Missy George said...

Just beautiful. I love the secret Garden. Thanks for the tour of Lisa's Gardens.

BlueClearSky Elizabeth said...

Such a lovely garden and I so enjoyed all the photos. The old architectural pieces and signs are so pretty and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

OMG, Carol it's stunning - such beautiful gardens. Everything works so well together - I love it! Can hardly wait to see the rest.
Mary

Connie said...

It's like in a dream! Love the gardens, they're exceptionally stunning! Thanks for sharing.

lynn said...

thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous and creative garden, carol! the secret garden doors are wonderful!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, what a gorgeous garden. So much to see and be inspired by. I have to go back and view it all again. I've been MIA working on my kitchen project. It's done and I would love to curl up on that hammock for a day or two!!

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely garden! So many pretty ideas! I would love to have a hammock in my yard.. Lovely post, enjoy your day!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Lisa's garden is gorgeous, Carol! You've caught it perfectly with your pictures. It is exactly what I would like. Love the hammock. It made me think of the hammock we had at our old house and how I remade a Queen size sheet into a comfortable cover and pillows for it.

It looks like you have amazing weather there, too. Having just seen Lisa's new garden cottage post, I imagine it does not get too hot where you ar,e so that she can actually be in there working at her desk.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Oh so pretty, I'd never want to leave...
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

Sue said...

This garden tour was simply a joy to experience. I think the border was all alyssum wasn't it? Very dreamy!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Stunning, Stunning!! Your friend's garden is spectacular!!Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Debbie

Nita Stacy said...

Love this garden! I featured it on Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow, that is one charming little garden!

Doreen@househoneys said...

The stuff dreams are made of Carol! What an enchanted garden Lisa has!

So many inspiring ideas...the sculptures, headboard, everything is so creatively done.

Although it's nearly 2 am, I'm so glad I stayed up a bit late to read some of these posts that I've missed the last few days. Now I will dream about them...

Jen Ham said...

Such an amazing garden!! So creative!

Emma Elliott said...

What a stunning lot of photos your friend sure has a fun interesting delightful garden I would spend hours looking around, fab thanks for sharing xxxx