Monday, August 30, 2010

Whimsy in the Garden

Hello everyone,
We are having an amazing summer here on the Island with lots of sunny hot days(but not too hot) and cooler evenings. It has been awhile since we had a summer this lovely.
Today, I am sharing some whimsy in the garden. Every garden needs a little touch of whimsy don't you think? the little woman above was a gift from my daughters last year and she is sporting my apron and straw hat .
I love this little fairy that moves around the garden.
Our garden is large so we have a few statues to add some interest here and there.
I got this old cement birdbath at the Restore a few weeks ago.

A pretty teacup adds a little whimsy to the garden.
I love birdhouses and find them hard to pass up.

This old iron stove was sitting on the side of the road for junk day a couple of years ago- a little spray paint and a Fairy rose and it added some interest to this corner of the garden.
What could be more charming then a real little fairy in the garden?
I like to have a few birdbaths scattered around the garden.
A mirror behind the statue adds a little intrigue.
I love this birdhouse from tjmaxx.
The same spraypaint on this obelisk draws the eye into this bed.
A place to put some seed for the birds and welcome you into the garden.
The little woman decked out for a wedding- our grandneice and nephew were in a wedding recently and they came to the garden for photos so I thought it would be fun to add more whimsy.
I love this birdhouse also.
Mary tucked into the virginia creeper.
Cute little cement rabbit.

And finally this bicycle from our local Winner's and spray painted pistachio green adds some whimsy as it gets moved around the garden.
Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers for my Mom. It has been a difficult road for Mom as at 87 bowel surgery is always major. I am happy to say that Mom is showing improvement but it will be slow. She still has a tube in to drain her stomach and has not had anything to eat in 12 days except a little sugar and water in her iv. She was smiling today but we are still waiting for that cup of tea-hopefully tomorrow! I pray after going through all that she has, she will make a good recovery and be back at the home where she has lived for the past few years.
Thank you so much from Mom and I for your kindness. I have not had much time for playing with my camera lately but these are some pics from over the summer.
Take care,


Sarah said...

Carolyn, it is always a delight to see photos of your beautiful garden. Love the whimsy that you add here and there. I want to add more whimsy about our garden, so am always looking for something suitable. So happy to hear that your mom is making progress. I do hope that cup of tea is in store for tomorrow.
All the best ~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn! I was just thinking about your mother and was wondering how she was doing! She is the same age as my mother! Prayers still going up for her and you as you tend to her!
Now your garden is gorgeous as always! I'm always amazed at how dreamy it is!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lenore said...

What a beautiful garden you have made full of beauty and peacefulness.
Sounds as if you are having the perfect summer...we are having a very cool summer and it's not to my liking!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Your pictures are always beautiful!
Prayers and best wishes for your mom...

Tammy said...

It's always such a blessing to see pictures of your garden, thank you. You and your family remain in my prayers.

g.suzie said...

Stunning pictures, I love the whimzy you have added, just another element to your beautiful garden. Blessings to your Mom, I hope she has a smooth recovery. . .Suzie

ღ M@ddy ღ said...

Ciao dolce Carolyn, come sono felice di sapere che la tua mamma sta un pò meglio!
Continuo ad inserirla nelle mie preghiere...
...abbracciala da parte mia!

E, ti giuro, ogni elemento del tuo reportage fotografico di oggi è una vera gioia per gli occhi...non smetterei mai di guardarli...

Un carissimo bacio! ♥

♥ Maddy

It's me said...

Beautiful pictures Carolyn....!! i hope your mom recover soon...wishing you and her all the are still in my Ria

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carolyn, I'm so happy to hear your mother is recovering. I do hope she gets her cup of tea soon! I love all your whimsy throughout the garden; makes for a very magical place. I especially love your birdhouses! We're sure enjoying this summer weather we're getting!


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Carlolyn,

Priority, above the Whimsy... is your Mom and I am glad to read she is managing so well, considering her age and the major impact of such a surgery! May God continue to bless her with the strength and the PATIENCE for slowly recovering from this. For every day in the hospital, at that age, it will take probably weeks to fully restore health back to the stage before (without the ailment that is). So Patience is a tough thing but with love and attention she will get there. And she's lucky with such a daughter who cares already so much for her garden; what must that mean for the loved ones in her life...
Love the garden pictures, you truly have many areas to place these things. Love the 'Live' fairy and the bike...

Lots of love and likewise sunny and warm greetings from Georgia/USA


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn....I just love all of your garden ornaments that set off all of your beautiful flowers! They intermingle beautifully together! I am happy your mother is making a steady recovery and has you close by to comfort her.~Hugs, Patti

Amy Chalmers said...

Loved visiting your garden, you are right we are having one amazing summer!

Heaven's Walk said...

Hey Carolyn ~ First of all, I will be sending up prayers for your mom. I know how difficult it is to be tending to an aging parent, and you have alot of support out here in blogland. :) Second, of all - your garden is just breathtaking. I could wander around in it all day long. Your magical touch is so evident and beautifully displayed. :) Glad to hear that you're having the perfect summer up there. Down here it's been hot and humid and just dreadful for our flower gardens. So.....I'll just sit back and enjoy yours!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Linda said...

Every garden needs a little whimsy, and yours is lovely. contuinued good thoughts for your mom.

Deanna said...

Enjoyed the whimsy in your beautiful garden!!!

Always a pleasure to visit your place in this world. Your pics are always so nicely done and inviting.

You take care dear Lady and may the rest of summer be a sweet one.
God Bless,

Sandi (Meme) said...

Carolyn, so sorry to hear about your Mom, but things can go well with that type of thing. I'm sitting (right now) in a motel, awaiting my MIL's bowel surgery tomorrow morning. She had an illeostomy put in because of a bowel blockage in April, and is having it reversed tomorrow! What a blessing that will be to us all! I will keep your mother in my prayers too. Sandi

Linda said...

Oh Carolyn your gardens are just a lovely as ever. I'm happy to hear there is progress with your Mom. Tea always soothes the soul.

Bohemian said...

What an enchanting Garden you have! And beautifully photographed.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Beautiful pictures of summer! So refreshing to visit. Glad your Mother is doing better.


NanaDiana said...

Hi Carolyn, I am glad to hear that your mother is continuing to improve. It will be nice when she is able to finally eat something...and sip some tea.

Seniors do take longer to recover but many of them do make full recoveries...and she has lots of people praying for her...and you.

Your gardens are as beautiful as always.I never tire of looking at them.

Blessings to you both- Diana

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Carolyn
Thank you for updating us on your dear mother..
Your garden is so lovely! Take care and enjoy the rest of your week. Give your mom a hug for me..

miruku said...

very beautiful and interesting garden you have!
best wishes to your mum,

maría cecilia said...

Dear Carolyn, hope your mum can have tomorrow that cup of tea she is longing to have!!!! and that she returns her home completely healed.
Lovely post and most of all that real fairy so pretty and beautiful in your garden!!!
maria cecilia

Susan said...

Oh, Carolyn, your garden statuary is just stunningly beautiful. And I loved the old stove that you painted and the birdbath from Restore. Fabulous! Wonderful, wonderful post.

So glad your Mom is hanging in there. Poor dear heart. She is feisty. God bless her and you! Susan

Erin | Bygone Living said...

Everything is so beautiful-- you continually outdo yourself! :)

I'm glad your mom is slowly recovering; she'll continue to be in my prayers ♥

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Hearing about your mom's bowel surgery brings back very sad memories of my own mother's suffering. I hope your mom gains strength everyday and recovers quickly.

Your garden whimsy is delightful and you have the perfect touch for garden decorating.

French Kissed said...

Your gardens are beautiful as ever and I love all of the whimsical elements you featured here. Best wishes to your dear mom for a successful recovery.


Betty said...

Your garden is so lovely and so are all the whimsy. I want to add more to my garden next year.


June said...

Oh Carolyn, everything is so beautiful in your garden. I love the old stove and the color you painted it and the obelisk is my favorite blue for the garden. You have so many interesting additions to the garden and everywhere one looks there is a surprise. I love that in a garden.
What amazing photos you have taken this Summer in your garden. It is such a treat for me to come here and see what you will post next.
I read your previous post about your mother and I do hope that she heals quickly and feels better very soon.

Thank you for your comment Carolyn. It meant so much to me and I appreciate your friendship so much.
hugs said...

Hi Carolyn

I love all the whimsy in your garden which is always so refreshing to visit. It must be a lovely place for you to go and relax and unwind with a cup of tea and hope and pray your mother continues to recover. Blessing, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Ola said...

Fairytale Garden!!!!Greeting for Mom

chrissi said...

Wunderschöne Gartenimpressionen. Dein Elfengarten schaut einmalig aus. Aber das kleine blonde Elfenmädchen finde ich am besten. Sie schaut so süß in ihrem Kleidchen aus.
Liebe grüße, chrissi

awal.ny said...

Oh I hope your mom has a speedy recovery. Your pictures of the garden are beautiful.

Andi's English Attic said...

I'm so glad your mum is recovering - slow as it may be. She is SO going to enjoy that cup of tea when she's allowed it!
Thank you for taking time out to show us more photos. Your blog has been so much an inspiration (I believe I've said that many times now) that I'm having a pergola built in our garden, based on your beautiful one (I hope you don't mind my using the idea. It's not going to look exactly the same, just 'inspired by', and when it's finished and I show the pics on my blog, I will post a link to your site and let everyone know what gave me the idea in the first place.

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

Your touches of whimsy make the virtual tours of your garden totally enchanting...Always a pleasure to let my eyes wonder thru your blooms and imagine just how delightful it be there in person.

Glad your mom is making her way to a full recovery and closer to that cup-of-tea daily.

So glad to see a new post and update from you.

Miss Jean said...

One of the things on my bucket list is to visit your lovely island! Maybe one day my wish will come true. Your garden is just so lovely!!

Best wishes for your Mom. She is exactly the same age as my mother.


Anonymous said...

It is so good to see your post! Your garden is stunning, as usual. I am glad to hear your mom is making progress, will keep her in prayer.

Miss Merry said...

What a wonderful, whimsical garden of treasures. I hope that you feel the joy and relaxation that you shared with us. Your garden is lovely.

I am happy to hear your mother is doing better. I know we have all been thinking of her. Hopefully she will be able to enjoy that cup of tea soon.

John'aLee said...

I want to come and walk in your garden! It looks so serene. You should be a photographer for a magazine. Your pics are amazing!

Reginas Cottage said...

hi carolyn,
your garden is sooooooooooooooooooo
beautiful.i love all the pretties that you add here and there.
here we have colder weather with rain
but i hope for sunny late summer days
have a nice time in your garden,
greetings from germany,

CIELO said...

Hi Carolyn... I too love love statuary and whimsical touches in the garden... and you know what? I have the exact same little birdbath with the doves on it... isn't it lovely! And I can't believe I got it on sale for only $4.00

Have a lovely day my dear!


Anonymous said...

It is nice to hear that your mother is a little bit well.
Keep confidence, I am sure all will be better in the coming days.
I wish you all the best for you and your mother.
Bonjour de France
Hélène Glehen

Rosy Inspiration said...

Hi, Carolyn,

You've added the most beautiful "interests" in your gorgeous garden.They are such eye candies anytime. Also I can see your real garden fairy has grown more every time I see her in pictures.