Monday, June 14, 2010

Garden Tour

                                                            Hello everyone,

We had a lovely garden tour today and I thought you might like to come along! It is overcast calm and a little cool - so a good day to see the garden, I think. I am checking out the hillside garden-it does have a few weeds but hopefully nobody cares!
We had a lovely group of 35 from Japan today and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. One visitor handed me some photos of our garden that she took last year when she was here-great to have repeat visitors!
They enjoyed Martha's garden-the deutzias are just starting to bloom.
the viburnum, lupin and iris look pretty together.
The first of our lilacs are still blooming but will soon be past.they will be followed by the Preston Lilacs developed in Canada and then the Japanese ivory silk lilacs. I am happy to stretch out the lilac season.
Our hosta bed under the trees has filled in nicely.
The honeysuckle vine on the cottage has a lovely fragrance as does the Dame's Rocket(mauve and white phlox like flower)
                             There has been a lot of growth in the last couple of weeks.

I bought this tree peony a few years ago and I love the large papery blooms it has.
This is an early peony that my Dad gave me many years ago and it has been divided several times. The color is really a little darker then this in real life.
                              A few hardy roses are blooming-this is Terese Bugnet

I love this Geurnsey Cream clematis. It is in it's third year so it is putting on more of a show this year.

                                           The lupin and allium look pretty together.

                    And now it is time to say goodbye- you all come back now!!!

Hope you enjoyed the tour-we have another tour Wednesday morning so I may be missing for a couple of days.


My Grama's Soul said...

What a beautiful post.....I love coming to see you.


september cottage said...

Dera Carolyn!

I had been looking forward to your garden tour...and it was well worth the wait!!! What a splendid garden you have - it must give you SO much pleasure!!! Absolutely LOVED your hostas and seeing your beautiful peonies made me wonder, will mine ever perform this year - they are still as hard as little bullets, been like that for weeks now....well, we'll see!

Thoroughly enjoyed your garden!

Have a wonderful week!


Tara Dillard said...

Heat/humidity here, Atlanta, over 100f. Your garden is cool respite.

Seeing your dress, today, do you know the clothes by Magnolia Pearl? You will love them. I do.

Alas, pricey.

Have you filmed your garden? Yourself, not anything professional.

My garden has been on TV and that is fine with a camera man & producer but I'm curious about DIY.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

tyziana said...

Carolyn, you are delicious with your skirt and lace hat on his head, in romantic harmony with your garden!
I visited the garden with you in a whirl of flowers and wonderful
The group took 36 pictures! : D
You know, you left a blog comment that I use as evidence for changes from
do about what is the main

but I was very pleased to have the surprise of your comment to my little
I embrace you and follow you forever. ♥. • •. ♥

Virginia said...

Oh my!!! What a beautiful garden and you look so pretty in your lacy skirt. I truly enjoyed the tour……

My Ugly Garden said...

As usual, beautiful, beautiful! Your garden is so inspiring. Do you have deer? I see all your lovely blooms and think my In-laws' property would do well with some of the same plants, but the deer would decimate just about anything we would plant. Always enjoy my "visits" to your lovely garden, thanks for sharing.


A Garden of Threads said...

Carolyn, Thank you for taking us on the garden tour. You are just a lovely as the garden. I hope the weather is perfect on Wednesday for the next tour. Take care:)

maría cecilia said...

Dear Carolyn, I don`t have words left to express myself or leave you a comment. Browsed through the posts I have missed and I just can say that your garden, table settings, details, china, cottage and so more are just PERFECTION !!!!
So, so heart beating faster coming to visit you!!!
Maria Cecilia
p.s and you, well, you look Perfect too!!!!

podso said...

you and your husband look just the part! It looks so cool and lovely, from the perspective of our 100 degree 100 per cent humidty!

Donna said...

What a beautiful garden tour! I love the clematis, I've never seen that color before. You look so pretty in your lacy skirt!


Linda said...

Carolyn what lovely tour and a beautiful person that you are. Thanks for sharing.

Lavender Cottage said...

Having these large tours through all the tme must be exciting, especially if you make new friends.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

What a thrill to have tour buses come to visit your home! You must be well known where you live for people come to see your beautiful gardens!~Hugs, Patti

Cindy said...

What a lovely tour. Japanese people are so funny about picture taking. I have been in parks in Vancouver where we were constantly being stopped because they were taking photos of each other or we were walking in front of them as they tried to take photos of each other. You must have a lot of fun on those tours. I love your get up, you look so pretty and feminine. And I'm sure they had a magnificent time!

Shelia said...

Hi Carolyn! Oh, I guess you do have regular tours of your gorgeous gardens! What a treat for all your visitors and for us too! Your flowers are just amazing as well as how you've placed your beds. Your little summer cottage is precious.
Look at you! You're as pretty as a picture and that photo of you looks like something from a magazine! The cover even!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Tudo lindo! O que você faz?
It´s beautiful place.
What do you works?
Jaqueline Brazil

Ro Magnolia said...

What a lovely, lovely garden tour. I so enjoyed strolling along with your Japanese visitors through those gorgeous flowers. Thank-you for taking us along for the tour. :)

Lacy said...

Oh, my hostas look like babies compared to yours.

What a gorgeous place!

and I so love your skirt!

Bella said...

Hello Carolyn, You and your garden look so lovely! Lupines are always a favorite of mine, they feel magical.. the allium has so enhanced that! What a beautiful companion!

Anonymous said...

Your garden deserves a tour indeed. If I were there I am sure I could not wait to take my brushes and make a few sketches. You have a dream garden.

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

My dear Carolyn,
your garden is incredibly beautiful!
Do you take care of it all alone???
Must be huge and hard work!
Congratulations for all this beauty.
p.s. You look sooo lovely in your "garden tour outfit"!

Jackie said...

Hi Carolyn, you and your garden are beautiful, thanks for taking us on the garden tour. It doesn't seem so long ago that you had so much snow, and now it is so beautiful. Nature is wonderful isn't it!!

Hope all goes well for the tour on Wednesday, which I was on it!

Jackie in UK.

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

What a nice visit from the Japanese in your lovely garden! I have been lucky to have visited Japan in 2007 and they are master gardeners and very much so in the details. But your garden looks also perfect and so lush. Hard to achieve that in the southeast here...
BUT a surprise for you: please have a look on my blog!

Lots of love from Georgia/USA


Anna said...

what a wonderful post about a wonderful garden!!!
thanks for sharing!
XXX Anna

Willow said...

Your garden looks so lovely. An inspiration for all us beginner gardeners.


Marja Visscher said...

Dag Carolyn,
Wat een prachtige tuin tour. Mooie foto's. Ook wij maakten in het weekend een tuin tour. Bij ons heet dat Open Tuinendag. Je moet maar eens op mijn blog kijken wanneer je tijd hebt. We bekeken 7 tuinen en ik zet elke dag een tuin op mijn blog. Die van vandaag ben ik zelfs een beetje verliefd op. Hij doet denken aan mijn eigen tuin. Maar ook de tuin met de witte rozen is schitterend. Wat ben je trouwens prachtig aangekleed. Het staat je allemaal zo mooi!
Fijne dag nog en lieve groet, Marja

Suzann said...

I love your photos so I can only imagine how amazing your gardens would be in person.

Carolyn said...

Carolyn, your garden is the loveliest ever. I only wish I could see it in person. Your garden attire is just perfect! It is in the high 90's here with humidity to match. Your garden looks so cool and inviting, thanks for taking us on the tour.

Georgianna said...

Oh, Carolyn, this is truly idyllic! You and your husband have created such a fabulous retreat – straight out of a lovely dream. I admire you for opening your garden to the public and for being so generous with your time. And your lace skirt is divine! Look forward to the fun you will have with your macro lens! – g

Brooke ~ SummerBrooke Gardens said...

Thank you for the lovely pics, your garden is absolutely inspiring!

Bernideen said...

Amazing what a couple of weeks has done there! Breathtaking!

Elzemhobby said...

Here paradaise.

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

I enjoyed your garden tour! It must be special to show all those garden enthusiasts around your garden. I always love to talk about the flowers and plants and can imagine you do as well. You look lovely on the photo. Almost English :-)! Is that your husband beside you? You make a fine couple!

I will be sending a parcel for your mother soon. I will keep you posted through the mail. Good luck with your next tour!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Monica@The White Bench said...

a heartfelt thank you for your sweet message about my hands. I feel so blessed because I met you! Your garden and decorative skills are so inspiring to me, and I hope I will be able come to visit you on PEI, one day!

Ro Magnolia said...

Hi Carolyn,

I've left you an award on my blog today. Hope you enjoy receiving it as much as I have enjoyed reading your blog! :)

Southerncook said...

This time of year in N FL my garden looks really poor. It is such a pleasure and an inspiration to visit your blog. Oh how I wish we could grow peonies and lilacs here. Yesterday afternoon I got in my car after leaving the grocery and my car was showing an outside temp of 109*. YIKES!!! Very little plant material can survive those temps and I am not one to grow lots of tropicals.

I do enjoy visiting your blog. It takes me to a different place. I truly appreciate you sharing with us your garden.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Ingrid DeVilliers said...

Absolutely lovely! What more can I say..?

Molly @ Star Cottage said...

Gogeous Garden tour. I especially love the peonies. And if I didn't know any better, the elegant picture of you in your garden tour outfit looks like a movie still of Susan Sarandon in some old romantic film. What a lovely time you must have had ;)
Many Blessings,

Andi's English Attic said...

You give me so much inspiration for my new found love of gardening. Thank you. xx

LillyB said...

I am so thrilled when I read your post. I have surely missed visiting with you!! Your gardens are amazing!

Kansas Amy said...

What a wonderful garden!!