Saturday, February 18, 2012

Now & Then

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning as we had a heavy snowfall overnight and no wind,leaving the branches of the trees laden with snow.

This is the same part of our garden in June.These are Miss Kim lilac standards.

Our little garden cottage this morning.

Then again in June.

The arbor(built by my husband) going into Martha's Garden this morning.

Then again in June.


And then. ( June)

Fence also built by hubby.


Old iron table and chair set on our balcony this morning.

And then it's summer!

South of house now.

And again in summer.

And then. It is early summer here.

There is beauty in all the seasons but as a gardener I will soon be longing to be out there again.

I thought you might enjoy seeing a little bit of now and then.

I am joining The Rose Garden in Malevik for Show Off Saturday and the house in the roses for Show off your Cottage Monday. Also joining Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.

Thank you for visiting,



PANDORA ARTé said...

Hi Carolyn
Good idea to take the photo different season. I will do.
see you again

Tracey Yasi said...

My oh my, what beautiful gardens you have! The snow is gorgeous, but now I find myself longing for June!

Bente said...

So nice to see those photos, but spring and summer is the best time in the year for me. Here it`s also been snowing like it would never stop.

Have a nice sunday

Hug from me

Anne said...

Love those lilacs.They are so fragrant.You got allot of snow.We have not had much snow at all this year.In fact we are having spring like weather.

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh Carolyn, you did get quite a snowfall overnight. It's so beautiful and I love the contrasts of the 2 seasons. I'm looking forward to spring and summer - it's a long wait yet. Pamela

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Carolyn,
Your gardens are beautiful in either season, but I prefer the warm weather! Can't wait to get out and start planting in a few months.

Mari said...

Awwww such a beautiful wonderland, I so have missed the snow this year.....

Thanks for sharing you beautiful winter wonderland with us all.....

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Wow! Snow is so pretty but I do prefer warmer weather and colorful flowers. Great idea showing both seasons. Loved this post.

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Debra @ Common Ground said...

Such beautiful photos, aaahhhh, how wonderful are the changes of the season! xo

Canela Castela said...

what a beautiful contrast between two seasons. And you have a beautiful gardens.
Sitting in the chair in the spring should be a dream.
I love coming here
It´s so sweet.
Kisses and good weekend

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Hi Carolyn
That´s Amazing.....the photos are so different.....Lovley to see :)
And I say it again.....still you are NUMBER ONE in the world :)
an d do not miss....




It is FUN :)
Håkan ( The Roseman)

Priscilla said...

Just as I started to read your blog I sneezed and then remembered why I LOVE winter.
Your garden is so beautiful. I can enjoy it all seasons without it affecting my allergies. Thank you.

Katy Noelle said...


but it's all so beautiful - both of them.

Looking at your lush much garden.... Carolyn, the ground has started to thaw and we have red wing blackbirds back!!! Spring is, apparently, six weeks ahead of itself which is good because I have so much ground that I want to break....and I have to catch up to you. ;) =D

(The truth is, I will NEVER catch up to this glory! =])


Maru said...

Hallo Carolyn!i Wonderfull photos od Your garden - I like it so much...
Maru / South Bohemia/

't Glimmenhofje said...

I wanted to tell you that I love your pictures and the summer and winter part. What a lot of snow there has been fallen. Here in Holland where I live we have had a little bit of snow (thank god... I don't like winter so much) and we also had some beautiful pictures made. But I am pleased the snow has disappeared already.
You've got a wonderful house and beautiful garden and such a sweet little garden cottage, I really adore him!! But I hope you have a nice weekend and I apologize for my bad English... Greetings from Holland, Joyce.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful contrasts!

Greetings from Australia♥

Bernideen said...

Ditto all the above- love the contrast and the longing for the "green ones"! Our spring comes very late so I must keep busy with other projects too!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh, I just adore this post, Carolyn!

It is so neat to compare the spaces!!!! both are glorious, but there is something about the color of those flowers.....

LOVE it!

Diane said...

Wonderful pics of both the winter and the summer. What a funny winter it has been, in ON the snow simply comes and goes. Today it is snowing, who knows about tomorrow! Diane

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos.

Bella said...

Hi Carolyn,
I am glad to have a bit of early spring here, but I must say I missed snow this winter, we had very little. So it is wonderful to enjoy yours:-) I love the quiet hush.... But those Lilacs, wow!! It is nice to have both seasons!
Your husband is a talented woodworker, the curved woodwork is lovely! What a great pair you two make:-)



é lindo ver o contraste das duas estações. É maravilhoso ver a diferença das estações no mesmo local.

Um abraço.


Barb said...

Hi Carolyn,
I like the beautiful contrasting seasons pics you have shown us .Every season has it's own beauty. Here in Sydney we don't have such dramatic snow!! I LOVE the snow on the table and chairs photo...Wonderful!
God Bless
Barb from Australia

All Things Chic 2 said...

The snow was so beautiful this morning...Your winter pics are amazing just like your home...Blessings Lori

Anonymous said...

Olá Karolyn!
Como é bonito ver as estações e a beleza que elas nos deixam por um tempo. O seu jardim é muito bonito. Um bom fim de semana.
Att: Dorath

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your gardens are beautiful in these Summer and Winter comparison photos, Carolyn! Your husband does a great job with the arbors, gates and fences. They really make for a nice backdrop to your gardens and add interest in the Winter months.

Mia's Cottage said...

So hard to beleive that you get such a beautiful garden after everything has frozen over... who knew! This is someone who lives in So Calif. and has never lived in the snow before!

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

HI Carolyn,

Those lilacs are GORGEOUS :) :) Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Susan said...

Hello Dear Carolyn....Loved the now and then photos. Wow! What a differece in each photo. Fabulous.

Hope you are having a delightful weekend. Susan

CHERI said...

I just found your beautiful blog! Since I live in the deep south USA, we almost never get snow so I think your winter pictures are gorgeous. Of course, not as gorgeous as your spring & summer gardens. Everything about your home is just breathtaking.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Each season is so unique and has a beauty all its own. Your photos are magnificent and they make me yearn for the east coast again. Your gardens are exquisite and I can understand why you are looking forward to warmer spring weather...your flowers are calling your name!

La Table De Nana said...

One of my favorite posts Carolyn~Lovely..each and every one.

Sewconsult said...

So beautiful and tranquil. I wish for such a snow for a couple of days, but then I want it to go away. This year in TN, we have had only a very little snow. Tonight, we are to get a bit, but since it's been 55˚ for the past few days, I know that it won't stick around!
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Pamela said...

These snow photos are just lovely Carolyn! I miss the snow!
It is so green and lush here. Hard to believe it is February!
Love your gardens in the summer!!!

A Romantic Porch said...

Ah, such beautiful contrast from snow to color. xo rachel

Cotton Peony said...

Now this brings soft tender thoughts of a small fire, a cozy quilt and some tea. Thanks you.


with love,
Cotton Peony

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

Wow love the differece between the two seasons.......the winter shots are just so cool.........

Aledia said...

I love your pictures of both seasons!
Your home is beautiful....


Jody and Stan said...

Love all your photos of your garden. Wish we had all the different seasons you have, but I live in San Diego, California. It's sunny most of the time. I'm hooked on your blog, just joined.


Shabby chic Sandy said...

All the snow looks so pretty--can't wait to see this years springtime posts! I love when you share whats blooming:)

Ale said...

All photos are spectacular!I prefer your garden in June!You can spend beautiful days between flowers,under the sun...

Shabby soul said...

Darling Carolyn, it seems quite impossible to have all this beauty hidden below all this snow!! But we know it's true!! We all have so many things to learn about gardening in such a extreme climate looking at your marvelous garden. Here where I live we have snow, but also so hot temperature in summer, and it's really quite difficult to find plants able to stay in -15/+40°...
Have a nice sunday

Nette said...

Dear Carolyn,

The phrase "out of this World" springs to mind. It is a great idea with your before and after pictures :0) Think a lot of garden lovers look at their gardens in the Winter and wonder what next season will be like.

achter-de-linden said...

I love your pictures....all of them!
I made the same summer and winter pictures, haha nice to see!

NEFİSE said...

Rüya gibi....çok güzel.Teşekkürler.:)

Alvas hobby said...

So beautiful photos!
Nice to see pictures from both summer and winter :)
Beautiful garden cottage, and a great fence ...
Wish you a nice sunday :)

Gartenmalereien said...

Lovely how you make HOPE for Spring!

Rhondi said...

I loved seeing the winter vs summer photos. Your garden is beautiful at all times of year.

Carol said...

Oh, Carolyn Gorgeous both then and now. In every image your garden beckons to the tired gardener . . . a comfy place to sit and enjoy the beauty that is so abundant! Simply Stunning! Your world is dripping in romance even on a snowy day. Lovely to see the winter wonderland . . . we had but a dusting.

Linda said...


I have to agree with The Roseman! You ARE the best, my friend! Hehe I think the photo of you seated and looking toward the house with the lilacs in the foreground is one of my favourites! It is important to show the contrasts so we can appreciate the beauty each season holds. And, we, too, can perhaps appreciate the beauty of summer all the more.

Andrew's talents at building all the garden structures never ceases to amaze me. Such dedicated souls you both are to creating a paradise on earth so that we all may enjoy your talents and labours. I am so grateful that you chose to do a blog to share with the world! I know that it takes a lot of time and commitment, and I am sure I speak for all your followers in saying, "Thank You".


Heidi Riley said...

Your winter pics have a beauty all their own. It shows the good strong bones of your garden, without all the distractions of the lovely flowers and greenery. Your garden is every bit as beautiul when the snow flies.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

G'Day~Thanks for sharing it's simply beautiful! I love the snow and the summer myself~Cheers Kim

tina, theoldfrenchdoors... said...

So gorgeous. I just got to experience snowfall last winter in southern australia. Im from the top part of New South Wales Australia were we dont get snow. What amazed me the most in your photos is how green everything is in summer and that the plants survive under all that snow and come out amazing treasures in summer. I went to tasmania last september were it snows and thought to myself how dry everything looked and barren. Your garden is just gorgeous, thanks for sharing.

Custom Comforts said...

Your home and gardens are stunning in all seasons. Beautiful pictures of the snow, but I prefer the summer ones.

Johanna said...

Hi Carolyn,
whow, thats a lot of snow. I would love to see my garden flowering again. But we have to wait some time. Your photos are so pretty. What an abundance on flowers you have in your garden. They all sleep now but soon they come again.
Best greetings, Johanna

Deborah said...

Gloriously beautiful Carolyn!!
I love your winter photos so much too!
A wonderland of white xo
Have a lovely week!

Deborah xo

Renee said...

Beautiful in both seasons. you have a beautiful home.

I want that little garden cottage:)

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my gosh, Carolyn....after looking at your photos, I almost got up and ran outside to start digging up my gardens to start over!!!! I can not believe how incredibly beautiful your gardens are! I am seriously swooning over here - and had to pin a bunch of your photos for inspiration. The wood working that you husband does is amazing, too! What talent!! I'll gather up some photos for you this week and get them off to you, my friend! Hope that that snow melts quickly for you. That must'ave been a shocker, huh? :)

xoox laurie

jeanetteann said...

Magical,just Magical,never seen more beautiful photo's. What a lovely garden at both times of year.
I am now a follower
x jeanetteann

Marina said...

Carissima Carolin è come stare in una tua casa ha qualcosa di magico... sei una persona speciale
sei come un angelo...riesci a creare
una sensazione di pace e amore intorno alle cose che fai, che mi doni ogni volta che passo a trovarti.
Grazie sempre...un grande saluto con affetto Marina

Margrethe said...

Hej Carolyn.

Flotte billeder både med og uden sne. I Danmark er sneen væk.

Knus Margrethe

Anne said...

Oh, Carolyn, I know you are ready for Spring, but that snow is so beautiful! I wish we'd had more than just a dusting this year...♥

Anne said...

Oh, Carolyn, I know you are ready for Spring, but that snow is so beautiful! I wish we'd had more than just a dusting this year...♥

Elzie said...

Even though it looks lovely with this winter wonderland, I think I prefer the pictures from June, lol. Your beautiful garden in full bloom - what could be better?
Hope you have a nice day.
Love Elzie

Evi said...

Carolyn, your pictures are breathtaking! I am not a fan of snow (we had way too much last winter), but it does look pretty.
I think showing us the garden in summer and winter is wonderful.
You must be full of anticipation of the coming spring, and all the beauty hidden under all this snow.
Have a wonderful week dreaming of things to come.
Blessings, Evi

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Hi Carolyn,

Amazing how the scenery can look so different. I love the seasons and wouldn´t want to be without them. Having said that, I find snow a little bit dull now.. wouldn´t mind spring any time soon ;)

Have a nice day,

Madelief said...

Such pretty photographs Carolyn. A real winter wonderland!

Happy new week!

Madelief x

Diana (Apple pie, love for details) said...

I really like this "now and then"!


Sonia said...

Gorgeous now and then..I am partially to green rather than white! I love your photos!
Miss Bloomers

Victorian1885 said...

How wonderful Carolyn! I am sure your new fallen snow has started to disappear already. We are still lacking the white stuff this year and I hope we don't pay for it next winter. Thank you for the birthday wishes!


AshTreeCottage said...

It does not matter what the season ~ it's all beautiful!!

Susan and Bentley

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

I long for summer too! My camera and I are itching to get out there and click away at all the beauty there is to see.

Georgianna said...

Such a gorgeous post, Carolyn! Fascinating to see the changes from season to season. Your home and garden are magic, no matter what time of year.

Wishing you a cozy week! – g

Lounging with a Latte said...

Your phone and then photos were really interesting...what a contrast.

Marja Visscher said...

Dag Carolyn,
Wat een leuk idee om je tuin zo te fotograferen. Wat een heel ander gezicht! Toch verlang ik nu wel weer naar het voorjaar! Jij ook?
Lieve groet, Marja

Rowan said...

The snow pictures are very beautiful but I think I'll settle for the June versions:)

Grace Baxter said...

Carolyn, I'm so happy to have discovered your blog. The pics of your beautiful gardens are amazing, both now in winter, and of course in summer when everything is in bloom. Wow, what a beautiful place. You've done an amazing job with your gardens. I am now your newest follower.


dizzyizzy said...

Breathtaking in all seasons.!

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vida said...

Para mim Brasileira e que moro na praia jamais me imagino num frio destes sendo que aqui 18 graus positivos já é o máximo que temos e já estou morrendo de frio é maravilhoso de se ver de cartão postal mas morar num lugar deste acho que jamais odeio o frio,bjs e tenham muitos verões por ai ,bjsssssssssss

Ciripbogár said...

your garden is fabulous , with or without snow...but in green is incredible!!!!

Sharing Shadymont said...

This must be what Heaven looks like. Beautiful beyond words!!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Carolyn, I think you have the prettiest blog I've ever seen. Your photos are always beautiful, always styled gorgeously, the framing and composition is just exquisite. Your blog posts are always a joy ... you never disappoint. Thanks for sharing your beautiful corner of the world.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Your home and garden look beautiful in all seasons! The contrast that you showed between the seasons truly was stunning!


Geneva said...

You have a beautiful garden Spring or Winter. It was nice to see the photographs of each season.. I can see why you can't wait to get back out there though. You and your husband have created a beautiful world.

Zaa said...

Such inspiring beauty Carolyn..Thank You for sharing the glory of the seasons...It fills the heart with hope of the Spring to come...Hugs