Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Blast of Color!

Hello everyone,
   I just popped in to share some colorful pictures of our garden that I took mostly last summer but a few are older ones. I see from reading blogs that many of you are starved for color so I thought I would give you a little shot of color today. I am starting to get excited about the return of the garden but living in Canada I know I will have to be patient for awhile yet, but still I enjoy looking back at past summer with a cup of tea in hand.
The photo above is our allee garden path- the lovely blue is six hills giant nepeta .
The arbor that my husband built several years ago.
Graham Thomas - a beautiful David Austen English rose.
The rose blooming here is Therese Bugnet- a hardy no fuss rose.
our garden  in June.
Phlox gives a good shot of color in August and September.
Lots of color in the mid summer garden
I love these tree peony blossoms- they are the first of many peonies to bloom in our garden.
Love that first shot of color in the spring garden!
How I look forward to lilac season!
I am looking forward to picking bouquets from the garden again.
Love this Japanese peony but sorry I have forgotten the name so I call it beautiful!

How I love those big beautiful peony blossoms.
The garden in full bloom.
Miss Kim lilac standards in the foreground and a Canadian lilac behind.
Vile de Lyon clematis growing up around a birdhouse.
August has so much color in our garden.

One last blast of color for you- a beautiful bouquet!

Well, now since you probably already know I love to show off our little bit of garden paradise I am joining Hakan (who has a beautiful rose garden paradise) for Show off Saturday over at Maleviks Rosentradgard in Sweden. This is my first time entering and there is so much beauty-garden and otherwise to see.

Thank you for visiting me today,

Enjoy your weekend,



Rose Garden Malevik said...

Hi Carolyn
THANK YPU for your kindliness :)
I just LOVE your Garden and your Style...
Hugs from Håkan

Tino said...

So beautiful!! Your blog is so lovely, love your photos!
Have a nice evening!

Sheila said...

Your gardens are spectacular !A lovely sight to see on a winters day .

Peeters Liliane said...

You have a beautiful and romantic garden!!! I am in love with your arbor! In my garden I have also peony but only the white one. I enjoy reading your blog!!!
Greetings from Belgium,

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn,
What a paradise you have, oh, how you must long for Spring. I love lilacs always have and I'm hoping the weather this year in our part of Canada doesn't freeze the blooms like they did last year. I especially fell in love with your June picture. Now!!! We wait for Spring.
Have a wonderful Saturday,

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn, Thank You!! I needed that blast of color.Your gardens look so beautiful. I can't wait till spring.


Anonymous said...

Just the dose of color I needed to get me through another grey, cold day here....thank you my friend!


Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh, look at all that beautiful color. It's so intense and gorgeous. I was really taken with the indigo colored flowers, especially :) :) Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Rowan said...

What a beautiful garden you have and the colour and sunshine are just what is needed on a bitterly cold night in January.

Miss Rhea said...

Wow ! How Blessed you are to live on a little slice of Heaven :) :) :) Gorgeous !!

Vintage Gal said...

Your gardens are absolutely beautiful. Ohhh to get lost in that garden right now ~ alas ~ it is snowing again. I can't wait for spring to smell the lilacs ;-)

Divine Theatre said...

Thanks! My soul needed that!

Millie said...

Oh I needed that today! Everything is sooo white here....but I do like the pure white of new-fallen snow rather than the bleak gray without snow (or old snow). I guess that is why I don't think I'd like to paint any rooms gray... your garden is so lovely!

Custom Comforts said...

Stunning ~ just stunning! What a feast for the eyes. Thank you so very much for brightening my day.

maría cecilia said...

Hola Carolyn, I´m absolutely spechless at beauty of your garden... my god!!!!!

Doni said...

Carolyn, Oh what beauty! I can't wait for this spring...color and smells of fresh flowers....
Ahhhhhh....thanks for the teaser!!!
Blessings, Doni

Roberta said...

molto belle queste foto !è bello pensare al tepore della primavera in queste fredde giornate d'inverno...ciao LA Sportina

Raffaella said...

Your garden is wonderful... I would like a garden like yours...

Zwierciadło said...

Your Garden is beutiful!!!When I see Your photos I have a nice day!!!You are Women Angel!!!

Unknown said...

Dear Carolyn,
Miss Kim sure is a show stopper and she has won lots of awards. I love mine and she is right next to my you have any problems with Deer visiting your gardens? What about bunnies?
We are planning on lots of remakes in our garden come spring..I need a gazebo..
Lovely gardens..

Adrienne said...

Your garden is absolutely breath-taking! What a gorgeous display for a winter day. Thank you for sharing it with us. I'd love to know what all is planted under the tree in the Spring photo. I have a tree that needs a garden underneath and you have inspired me.

sweetbay said...

Your garden looks fabulous!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn
Just beautiful and makes me want my gardens to return as soon as possible too. Our winter is much too long, istn't it?

Suzann said...

Whoa! That was a surprise. Color in January!? Unheard of in Chicagoland. : )

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Gorgeous pictures and each one is a feast for the eyes! I am longing for spring!

The Gilded Cherub said...

Beautiful!! What a site for sore eyes in January! Thank you for sharing. I have to look at your blog everyday, it helps with the winter blues.
Thanks again.

The Gilded Cherub

Pamela Gordon said...

Gorgeous pictures of your garden. I could just imagine walking down the allee and in and around all the pretty spots then stopping for a glass of iced tea and one of your sugar cookies. :-) It looks like you and I and a couple of others had the same idea for this mid winter's day. We'll keep on dreaming until spring...Pam

deb mills said...

i just discovered your blog and it is truly a thing of beauty. i'm enjoying working back through all the posts. thanks for sharing your spectacular garden.

Susan said...

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Carolyn for the whiff of spring and the bright, sumptuous blooms....ahhhhhh,I can envision spring now. Wouldn't it be fabulous to look out the window tomorrow morning and see all the snow melted and peonies in bloom? Ahhhhhhhhhhh, we must be patient. Susan

lvroftiques said...

Gorgeous!! Vanna

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Hi Carolyn
That was exactly what I needed right now. Thank you so much for the holiday for my eyes! Your garden is just breath taking.
Take care

Lounging with a Latte said...

Everytime I visit your blog the words 'Just Beautiful' come into my thoughts. Your latest post is no exception...your colorful garden is 'just beautiful'! Thanks for sharing.

Broceliandes Gartenträume said...

Hallo Carolyn,
you show us soooooo beautiful garden pictures. I hope the spring will come soon - here it's so cold. Thank you for your pictures. Greetings from Germany

Margot said...

Hi Carolyn! I think you have the most beautiful garden I have ever seen!! A real paradise, I just love it!!
Hugs from Margot

serial tiller said...

I thought gardens this beautiful were only in magazines. A friend sent me a link to your blog. I love everything about it. Thanks for sharing...I'm truly color starved.


Dear Carolyn,
you already know my mouth stays open for a while everytime I look at your garden so.....
I'M IN LOVE with the Therese Bugnet looks so rustic and so chic.
Is it one of David Austen's?
I want it....I've to search for it now.


No, no. It's not Austen's. I've just found a shop here in Italy that sells roses on line and....they have Therese (Bugnet was the name of the hybridator, wasn't it?).
I'm going to buy it.
Thank you Carolyn for this inspirational post.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn! Oh, my goodness! Your garden is just Heavenly! It's so gorgeous and you do have the most beautiful flowers I ever seen. Your blog is a blast of sunshine!
Bless you,
Shelia ;)

nanniepannie said...

So, so beautiful, can I come live with you...I'll be your garden girl.

Rita M said...

What a beautiful garden Carolyn.
I love all these colors and your allee garden path is so beautiful.
Hugs - Rita

nanniepannie said...

Your "Blast Of Color" was so inspiring I had to link my Sunday post to it. I so hope you don't mind. Your garden is so beautiful.

Madelief said...

Dear Carolyn,

A blast of color indeed! Thank you! It's just what I needed.

You really have green fingers. I wish I could come along in summer and walk with you through the garden. You know so much! I love the way you combine plants/colours.

When I look at your pictures I realise I am just a novice, but hopefully my garden will look as beautiful as your one day. Meanwhile I will just keep on looking 'how you do it' and learn from my mistakes!!

Happy new week!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Kathy said...

Thank you, I needed that! You have a gorgeous garden.

Anonymous said...

What lovely photos on a dreary and rainy day here. Your gardens are simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing some summer with us.

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh Carolyn.....I could just smell the peonies, lavender, roses, and bee balm as I scrolled through your beautiful photos. Just breathtaking, friend. You must not have any bug problems in your gardens. There's not a leaf with a bite out of it. lol!

xoox laurie

Bohemian said...

This really is like the magical Secret Garden of my dreams and that arbor your Husband built is magnificent! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful blast of natural splendor and color... Spring is certainly on our minds now!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Pétales de fée said...

Oh merci merci pour cette explosion de couleurs et de fleurs ! Toutes plus belles les unes que les autres ! Je rêve devant un si beau jardin !

Shabby soul said...

Darling Carolyn, your garden takes my breath away! Each time I see it my heart makes bum bum...!
Thank you darling friend for share with us all this beauty and colors, in these gray day we all need something colored and welcoming like this wonderful "nest".
ps.:I've the same nepeta, but it doesn't look as blue as yours...
Stunning peonies, and roses, and delphinium and...
Have a nice day

Candylei said...

Woohoo! These beautiful pictures bring a gardener to tears in February! The siberian iris, peonies, weigela...And the one of the first pictures with your arbor. I love that. Did your husband make that?
Have soil, will plant,