Living in the Past


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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!


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!



Little Finds



Flea Market find

Just a little find…

a half set of 18th century French paste buckles

tucked in a velvet lined box….


flea market find

I carefully peeled back the

silk covered paper of the box lid lining

to find this lilting script….treasure!

Now to find an expert that will

get me behind that last bit of amber glue and paper!


Paste framed miniatures

Rare pair of French 18th c miniature paintings

in glittery paste frames…

When the world was lit by candlelight…

Aren’t these little beauties!

Found them in an old auction catalogue

and thought you’d like to see them.



More  18th c shoe buckles in More Finds here