Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Solistice

Hello everyone,
     Well, today is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. I love all the seasons but there is definitely something special about summertime here on the Island.

Do you remember the new vintage shop Time worn Treasures & Antiques that I shared with you last week? The coal scuttle above was one of the treasures that I found there. It is perfect with a big bouquet but it will also be lovely planted with annuals.The lupins grow wild here in ditches and we live on a country road that is lined with them. My husband and I threw seeds of them along the ditch a few years ago and they are spreading nicely so I picked a few for a bouquet. The old chair that I love came from Coulson's a few years ago. Together they make a pretty picture don't you think?

I also bought this lovely urn from Lori at Timeworn Treasures & Antiques.
and the little angel.

 So today it is goodbye spring (I did enjoy you)and welcome summer! We have several tours coming up so today I am  busy getting ready for them but the peonies are popping daily and the roses too so I hope to have some time with my camera so I can give you a garden tour also.

Hope you have the best summer ever!!!

Thank you for visiting and welcome once again to new and old followers.




Jan Hermann said...

Oh, I just love your scuttle, urn and those gorgeous flowers!

Jan :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those lupins are gorgeous, Carolyn! I love all the colors and how they look in your coal scuttle and the urn. You found some lovely pieces at Time Worn Interiors. Love the angel, too!

unrosetoinviacerreto said...

I love the summer.
But now in Italy, temperatures reach 40 degrees. Too hot.
The garden withers and needs too much water.
I envy your wonderful composition of lupins.

Susan said...

Love the look of the flowers in the coal container. Fabulous! And Carolyn, I hope YOU have a terrific summer, too. Susan

Koren said...

Hi Carolyn,
OH! The beauty of Lupins.... Just love them and your photos are also beautiful!
On the weekend hubby and I took a little walk along our River and I also took some photos of them.
O.K. Now your coal scuttle is to die for, really love it! You are so lucky to be close to shops like these, I am way too far North to enjoy such outings.

Have a wonderful summer and enjoy all of your garden tours.


Laura Smith said...

Love that these beautiful flowers grow in the wild there. Summer means 5 months of 90 degrees or higher here in central Texas so Im not as excited, but I love coming to your blog to enjoy the seasons of your wonderful island.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos of the lupins! I love your new scuttle and urn. They are perfect for large bouquets. Enjoy this beautiful sunny summer day! Pamela

Unknown said...

Beautiful , beautiful flowers, great arrangements of still life in a perfect - very beautiful!Michaela

petrajanssen ♥ goldenfairycottage said...

Oh! I adore "fairy kisses" ... *BIG smile* and love the new pieces you got for your garden to decorate it even more. If I would visit I might grab the turquoise window shutter and sprint like a crazy woman ... *lol* IT'S GORGEOUS!!! ♥

Have a splendid summer time,

petrajanssen ♥ goldenfairycottage said...

All in a hurry I forgot to mention: Your lupines are b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l!

Anne said...

Carolyn I love all of your photos but I really like the one with the flowers in the pail setting on the chair. Looks nice.

Julie said...

Caroly - your photos are gorgeous. LOVE the coal scuttle and the lupins are beautiful - I have some purple ones but I want a bunch more. I need to make room in the garden. J

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Lucky you to have armloads of lupins Carolyn. I wonder if we could do the same in Ontario? We're both zone 5 and I'd love to add some to our roadsides.

Bernideen said...

Perfect flowers on the 1st day of summer!

Terri said...

Our ditches get mowed around here, but the thought of lupins in them sounds wonderful. We enjoy the spring and summer wildflowers in our fields.

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Simply beautiful Carolyn!

I forgot that it´s the longest day today. Good of you to remind me. This weekend we are celebrating Midsummer.

Enjoy your day!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Happy Summer to you, as well. Your lupins are gorgeous! I adore your coal scuttle and urn and they are perfect for your beautiful bouquets. Beautiful summer post!

Unknown said...

What do Lupins smell like? I love their pretty look! I wouldn't mind sowing some seeds around where our bonfire spot will be at our new house!
But I am quite sensitive to certain smells and can't handle real sweet flowery scents.
By the way I love your blog and enjoy looking at all you're beautiful pictures!

Carla said...

What an incredible bouquet of lupins you have. The colors are gorgeous. I could look at these pictures all day.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Carolyn,
Such a pretty post! I really enjoyed seeing your blooms.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Linda said...

Perfectly wicked, my friend! Hehe Looove that photo of your Coulson's chair and Time Worn scuttle! And that urn...Sigh. A favourite!!! What gorgeous weather and growing conditions you've been having.

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

All Things Chic 2 said...

Amazing, this is one of my favourite post in awhile...
The chair with the coal bucket is "STUNNING"...
Blessings Lori ~

Heaven's Walk said...

I've never actually heard of lupines growing wild in ditches, Carolyn. It must be an absolutely beautiful site! I know that they struggle to grow here in MI. Tend to be a little finicky. Your photos of them in the bucket are just breathtaking! Some day, I'm going to show up at one of your garden tours. lol!

xoxo laurie

Georgianna said...

Carolyn, they all make an absolutely beautiful picture! How clever of you to spread the lupine seeds. And they are perfect in the coal bin. Love this post! Happy Summer! – g

Melanie said...

Carolyn your Lupins are so very beautiful. After a very busy day they made me smile. I grew Lupins many years ago and I just adored picking a great big bunch just like yours. They are such happy flowers aren't they. Thankyou for sharing x