Friday, May 21, 2010

Spring Garden Tour

Hello everyone,

Today is a lovely spring day here with the promise of more sunny warm days for our Victoria Day weekend. We are having such a dry spring here on the Island which is unusual for us. The dust is flying behind the farm tractors as they work the land so I am thankful for the rain we had yesterday.

Today,I am taking you on a little tour of the areas of the garden that have filled in with spring color.

This enclosed garden is named Martha's Garden after the lady statue that my husband called Martha. There is a mirror behind Martha which reflects the garden but the photographer also if not careful to go to the side a little!

The virginia creeper on the back wall has not leafed out yet but soon it will pretty much cover the wall around the mirror.

The climbing hydrangea is finally taking off but I don't see any buds on it yet. They are slow to flower but beautiful when they do. The one on the arbor at the front of our garden will be covered this year.

Along the driveway,I planted yellow and orange tulips for a change but when they are gone for the season the perennials fill in with the purples,mauves,pinks etc. that the rest of the garden has in summer.

This is our hillside garden that we made about ten years ago. That fall there was a big sale on daffodils so I planted hundreds and they have multiplied to the point where we have dug out many large clumps and transplanted them around the garden-even when they were ready to flower with no ill effects.

These old stone steps came from the basement foundation of our daughter's home.

The forget me nots are blooming in with the tulips and daffodils. Some of you may remember that we pulled out several big wheelbarrow loads last summer but we knew there would be lots of seedlings left to bloom for this year.

Well,that is my garden tour for today but soon there will be lots more to share as the lilacs and peonies etc. start to bloom. Did I mention we have over one hundred peonies scattered throughout the garden and over forty lilacs? I am so looking forward to their beauty and fragrance but at the same time I don't want to rush the season-life is short!

I am joining in with Cindy at Show and Tell Friday again at My Romantic Home where there is always lots to see.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend


Thank you for visiting me.



Katy Noelle said...

Carolyn, those steps are so romantic. How do you keep up with everything?! It's just all gorgeous - all of it - happy and beautiful!

Flaviana said...

Carolyn.. your garden is a dream! Have you got a gardener taking care of it or do you do everything by yourselves?? It looks - and am sure is - huge!!
Have a lovely, sunny weekend
xx Flaviana

Ingrid de Villiers said...

Carolyn....what a breathtaking garden! Enjoy it, it is so beautiful!

Carolyn said...

Hi Flaviana,
Yes, we do all the garden planning and work by ourselves.Fortunately,we enjoy being outdoors surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carolyn, your garden truly is a wonderland! Love the stone steps from your daughter's place.
It's going to be a lovely sunny weekend so I imagine we Islanders will all be out gardening.
I'm headed to S'Side and to The Homestead; hoping to find some treasures there. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.


Anonymous said...

Thanks to share your dream garden with us.
Have a nice weekend.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Your gardens are so always!~Hugs, Patti

Lacy said...

Wow! It's so pretty! So much work you've put into it and it's simply gorgeous!

Erin | Bygone Living said...

Wow... so gorgeous!! ♥

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful space you have created. All of your plants and flowers are just gorgeous! I would love to sit on that patio and relax and soak in the beauty.

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a peaceful and serene garden. Thank you for sharing your wonderful flowers! I can't wait to see your peonies, they are my favorite!


Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

Oh my goodness- BEAUTIFUL! I would LOVE for you to share this at the Tuesday Garden Party over at my blog, An Oregon Cottage- you are very inspiring and creative with your spaces. Please stop by, I'd love to see you garden through the seasons!

Susan said...

That was a lovely tour, Carolyn. Oh, I just LOVED the little statue among the yellow tulips. He was sweet. Sincerely, Susan

Crystal said...

Your garden is beautiful! I wish I had one space that looks like yours!

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

What an enormous garden you have! All those different rooms and styles. I enjoy looking at the pictures very much. Love the romantic atmosphere of Martha's garden with all the whites, but like the daffodils as well!

Wish you a happy weekend!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Paula said...

Dear Carolyn,

Your garden is so beautiful and simply amazing! I love Martha's garden!!! I hope to have my garden as full as yours is one day! Thank you for sharing all of the pretty blooming things! I look forward to seeing your peonies and lilacs. Love, Paula… I am so glad you are enjoying nice weather!

sweetbay said...

So many daffodils and beautiful companions! I love the forget-me-nots and the Martha garden is so elegant.

Georgianna said...

All I can say is that it's stunning, Carolyn! Just a dream come true. I especially love the clumps of daffodils. I can't seem to get ours to grow that way and most of them don't seem to return the following spring. I've resigned to replanting each year. I guess it's either too much moisture or not enough. Thank you for being such an inspiration and most of all for sharing so generously. Have a beautiful weekend! – g

The Tablescaper said...

Simply beautiful, but you must need a FULL TIME gardener to care for all of it. I can't believe you do it all yourselves!!!!!

- The Tablescaper

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, I have been waiting for this! I knew your garden would be beautiful! How brilliant to put a mirror in the garden! The depth it adds is stunning. I can't wait to see the peonies and the lilacs! This is such a treat. Thanks for showing us.

monikaki said...

Dear Carolyn, ithink your garden is simply...perfect! So romantic and right for me! we like the same garden style! Wouldn't you please come to Italy, stay here a little while (I stay on a hill as well) and fix also mine??? Have a nice week end, Monica - Here peonies and lilacs are gone...but roses are coming out in a few days!!!!

A Garden of Threads said...

Carolyn, Your garden is so peaceful and beautiful, thank for letting us have a tour. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and take care:)

Bernideen said...


Betsy said...

Every thing is just beautiful. Do you take care of all of this yourself? So pretty.

birdie blue said...

your garden is lovely.
love the forget-me-nots!

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hello Carolyn... What a beautiful garden you have! I love the mirror in Martha's garden! Your stairway you created is gorgeous and perfectly posed! Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to see the peonies!
I would gladly send you some rain:-) It is still coming down in sheets here... Oh how the weeds love that!
Have a Fantastic Weekend in your lovely garden,

Anonymous said...

Oh, Carolyn! Your garden is the most beautiful I've ever seen! Everything looks so gorgeous and I know it will continue as the season progresses! Thanks for the lovely tour.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Alicia said...

Just out of frame I'm reclining on my blanket & its heaven. Thank God I can mentally travel & thank you Carolynh for giving me the quintessential destination.

Cindy said...

Every time I look at your blog, I just want more and more to go to PEI. It is my life long dream, it really is. I was telling my hubby that last week, I think we may come over in five years for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. When we lived in BC we would go down to Washington state and stay on Whidbey Is. It is such a BEAUTIFUL spot, but it is too far now to go to any lovely beaches and find a B & B. Sorry for rambling. I love your sweet little Martha's Garden, it is truly a magical place.
Hugs, Cindy S

Janean said...

thank you for the's all beautiful!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Carolyn, I love visiting your's soooo beautiful! Always like taking a mini-vacation to view your garden pics.

Betty said...

Your garden looks so lovely. Mine is a jungle with all the rain we have had lately.


Bonjade said...

Oh I loved this sightseeing through your garden.........Oh if I only could smell it too......
Fine days

Lebenslust was sonst said...

Oh Carolyn,Du hast das Paradies auf Erden,ich liebe Deine Bilder,Vielen Dank dafür.Edith.
Bitte zeig uns noch mehr Bilder von Deinem Enkelkindern.Sie sind so entzückend.

Pamela said...

Your garden is pure perfection. I read the other posts as well and I just love your tulips.
Your gardens should be in more magazines!
Happy Victoria day Carolyn!

Paula said...

Lovely tour! thanks for sharing = you should join Fertilizer Friday or Blooming Tuesday - would be great to have you there THe links are on my blog - thanks! paula from Idaho

CatHerder said...

wow....absolutely BEAUTIFUL pics!

Magia da Inês said...

♥♥ Olá, amiga!
Seu jardim é tudo de bom!...
Criativo, encantador...muito florido!!!
Amei mesmo!!! ♥
Parabéns pelo seu trabalho... você é muito talentosa.
Muita saúde e paz!
Beijinhos carinhosos.
♥♥ Itabira

Rhondi said...

Hi Caroline
I have been reading all your posts and catching up with them. Your garden is so amazing. Every time I visit you there is something else beautiful happening! I loved the tea party with your grandchildren.
Hugs, Rhondi