Thursday, April 27, 2017

Love Grows Here

When I retired, my dream was to have a lovely cottage garden, but the multi-year California drought and the fact that I know nothing about gardening means that my dream garden is yet to be.

When my garden grows up, I would love for it to be this lush.

Early this morning I headed to the hills to the home of one of my dearest friends.

Wendy, (I shared her home here), is hosting a baby shower for my daughter KC on Saturday and I went to help her with the floral arrangements.

My helped consisted of snipping off the stems while Wendy created beautiful arrangements.

After lunch and before we began setting out china and silver on the tables, I grabbed my camera.

I've been busy getting our house and garden ready for a big family BBQ on Saturday night and hadn't planned on writing a blog post any time soon,

but after looking at the photos, I decided Wendy's garden needed to be shared.

I love all the statuary tucked here and there.

Wendy's favorites are the angels tucked all through the garden, 

but some have become hidden from the colorful explosion in the garden after abundant rain this winter.

 Wendy and her gardener have created a beautiful oasis for her to enjoy from both inside and outside the house.

The roses are just beginning to bloom -

isn't this rose a gorgeous color.

It's early yet and I can't wait to see the garden in May.

 It has been so windy lately and I hope the wind behaves itself on Saturday so guests can sit out in the garden for the luncheon.

As I left, I snapped a bunch of photos of the front garden -

 The variety of colors and flowers amaze me.

Just a few years ago, the front was a slopped lawn, but with the drought Wendy had the lawn removed to save water.

Yes, love grows in Wendy's garden,

 but while selecting photos for the post, I came across photos of my own garden.

 The quote, "Comparison is the thief of joy", came to mind

and I was reminded that love grows in my garden too!


bobbie said...

Yep ~ Wendy's garden is beautiful, but as I recall, even drought stricken, yours was enchanting too!!

Hope you guys have a great weekend ~

Linda said...

Yes, it does!!!! Her garden sure doesn't look like there's a drought! How does she DO that??

Sarah said...

I've always admired your garden, Carol. I think both are lovely. Each garden is a work of art and love. Thanks for sharing.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful garden, makes my heart sing.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And it takes passion to create and cultivate a garden. Oh what BEAUTY, CAROL! And I am always reminded to look into my own garden after having been inspired by others. There is always something changing and growing, dying back or surprising me...such a metaphor for life!

Rhondi said...

What a beautiful garden! So excited for you that your daughter is having a baby!

ANNE said...

oh how gorgeous! What a beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wendy's garden is lovely, BUT, so is yours! Both of your gardens inspire me to keep working in mine.

What a great quote, one to remember when the green eyed monster lurks. :-)

Have a beautiful weekend and celebration.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

NanaDiana said...

LOVE that quote! Her gardens are just beautiful!!! And if she has a gardener that helps her out that helps to make it, and keep it, that way!

Your gardens are equally lovely in their own way--maybe not as lush or large but beautiful!

Hope you have a great weekend- thanks for taking the time to post these pictures. xo Diana

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wendy's Garden is lovely and amazing but I love your garden also. Love grows there for sure. I'm so excited for you and your daughter! A baby is a wondrous thing. Hugs!

podso said...

It looks like lovely team work to create the beautiful centerpieces. You have a wonderful weekend to look forward to. Enjoy every moment!

Pamela Gordon said...

Wendy's garden is so beautiful and lush. I'm glad you got the much needed winter rains to restore growth in your part of the world. The baby shower sounds wonderful and I know you will all have a lovely time. Enjoy.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Chuckled over that quote. How apt for the subject. Be cheered with the thought that some of us look at your garden with longing! There's always someone with less talent and ability.

Jen Kershner said...

My favorite thing about her garden is...all of it! Wow. I long to have a beautiful garden too but I am on a very slow journey to get there. I guess we should just enjoy the journey!

Connie said...

Gorgeous!!! There is nothing more to say, just absolutely gorgeous!

Laurie said...

Your friend surely does have a beautiful garden, but I always thought you did, too.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Yes, hers is gorgeous. But I prefer yours actually. My garden space is about to be flooded if this rain doesn't let up. My yellow rose blooms were close to opening before this deluge.

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful lovely to have the baby shower at your friends...and I love those pretty floral arrangements. And of course I love your own garden too, Carol, and you always have some wonderful original little detail that makes me smile. Have a lovely time!
Helen xox

jackie @ travelnwrite said...

There is simply something magical about gardens and you've captured it with this post! I too have dreams for mine, still far from realized!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Wendy's garden is stunning, but I love your also. She certainly has lots of flowers and love all the statuary that she has.

Hope the shower went well and you didn't get blown away. It was terrible here in Fullerton.


Jacqueline said...

I agree with that quote and needed this reminder! Thank you. Jackie

Renee said...

Both gardens are beautiful.

Junkchiccottage said...

Good morning Carol. Wendy's garden is gorgeous and what a great setting for your KC's baby shower. It will be so beautiful. Wishing you the best weather this weekend to enjoy that beautiful garden for the shower.

Melanie said...

Beautiful gardens...hers AND yours! How exciting that this weekend is your daughter's baby shower. :-)

Sue said...

What a wonderful garden post and I just loved seeing your friends garden and the statues. Your garden is always lovely to me to see. Looks like the nicest parties will be taking place.

Rue said...

Both your gardens are beautiful and an expression of each of you. What is that quote...“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” Yep. That pretty much says it all :)


Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It's a beautiful garden and I appreciate you sharing it. BUt comparison isn't something I like. My garden is very poor if I compare it to hers... But there's love there too!

Down by the sea said...

Yopur friends garden looks amazing it is so full of beautiful plants! Sarah x

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you for such a wonderful mini-vacation for the mind, love every photo, what a pleasure to have visited such a magnificent garden.