Monday Prettiness

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French flea market

I have photos galore from the Atelier de Campagne sale…

but this little corner of loveliness needed a space to call

her own…and what better way to start the week..

very temps perdu…

Lovely styling by champion “picker” Johan.

So very different from American Pickers here

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French Country Hues

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French flea market

Flea market

So much to see at this year’s Atelier de Campagne sale…

here’s a first close up glimpse…

from the myriad grays of time-worn metals and stone

and woody neutrals to fun brights….

a wide swath of the European flea markets fresh off the boat…

More info at Atelier de Campagne website here

or blog here…sale continues tomorrow!

 

Living in the Past

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garden

Besides that slight obsession with 18th century France…

I live in the past with old photos of my garden acting as placeholders

until the next season is in full swing…

These are the rose covered arches to my lower garden last Spring…

I rotate several of my favorite photos as screensavers to

help me through to the full flush of Spring.

Peonies, roses and lavender garden

Here’s a hedge of peonies from several years ago…

a particularly cold winter’s reward…

And the lavender just budding…probably late April or early May

rows of Provence lavender

By early summer…

this was 2009…

Spring gardenSo…here I am at 2011…thrilled to have cleared the weeds

out the planting beds and off the pathways…

The lavender hedge I replanted in 2010 still hunched down…

waiting for late Spring to take off.  I had so many poppies I was

weeding them out from between the lavender and peonies.

The reddish foliage in the front is one of the peonies

that has started to leaf out. They’ll only have buds if it

was cold enough for them in Northern California this year.

One of my many garden projects this year will

be to upgrade the dining room courtyard.

I think I’ve found a good sized crew willing to drop by and

move the huge cast stone table…..

Gardening Trouvais

I have assembled a few good pieces

to structure to the area…and

of course always keeping my eyes out for new pieces..

Looking for a pretty set of garden gates…

Spring garden

The Restoration Hardware zinc planters will hold tall

standard orange trees..the scent is intoxicating….

the metal planter in foreground will be uprighted and planted…

 

Here is an earlier photo of the metal “planter”

found it for @ $60 at The Alameda flea market…

Love good deals…and pieces that can work in or out!

Garden

A mostly green, white and gray landscape

Calm, cool, fragrant, and less labor intensive than the lower garden…

Just a rough view for now….

Have a wonderful, busy weekend!