Outdoors

Palladian style garden pavillion

Gorgeous weather out here in Northern California…

Roses exploding throughout the garden…

My Spring cleaning is in full force, windows thrown

open, pillows plumped for an outdoor bed… its

time to move the inside in out… to get ready

for a summertime’s worth of lazing about…

garden pavillion

Have a wonderful weekend….

hope its spent outside….

Palladian style garden room

Antiques dealer Richard Shapiro’s  Palladian poolside portico…

All photos above….Elle Decor May ’09

Photography Miguel Flores-Vianna

antique garden sculpture

Villa Pisani

Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens

From my August Gardens post here

One Year

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gilded french settee

A year of “nice to meet you”s and pretty pictures….

Still here after 280 posts…

425, 223 views…

4,282 photos in my media file…

Many new friends …

Photo above...Easy Elegance by Atlanta Bartlett

Silk chenille embroidered fichu c. 1810

Chenille embroidered fichu c. 1815

You know I love antique textiles, don’t you?

One of the treasures that caught my eye…

Antique French linen chemise

Antique French linen chemise….

perfect garb for plucking roses in the morning

antique French linen chemise

I guess I’ve collected enough of them…

18th century portrait ivory box

An 18th century portrait on a round ivory box …

for patches…snuff…?

look at the lace detail, the stripes…

Someone treasured this centuries ago and kept it in their pocket….

David Austin”s modern English roses Cressida and Abraham Darby

in front of Wisteria’s faux vintage French flea market paperbacks…

My garden gives me balance and rewards my efforts…

Occasional misfortune is usually countered with

serendipitous beauty, unexpected rewards…

It gives much more than it takes…

French zinc rooftop finials

Being the most economical start to a 1939 fixer upper…

my love of gardening inevitably moved indoors….

I love the concept of moving the outside in …

as well as moving the inside out…

Terra cotta urn

Huge 36″ diameter aged terra cotta garden pot…

Love architectural salvage and classical details…

if this wasn’t so heavy I’d probably move it inside…

I sometimes think of putting a round stone top on it

for alfresco salads..champagne?  Wish you could

drop by….

Bella Notte with antique French linen

Bella Notte’s Whisper and quilted Colette

and stacks of vintage and antique French linen…

Vintage hand loomed textures, quilting, gold and pink tones….

Antique guilded French bed

Here the gold and pink is heightened with thrift shop aqua lace on pillows…

a pretty bohemian style….

Gorgeous antique bed from Atlanta Bartlett again

French rose bucket

Thank you to all my silent and not so silent readers…

Its been wonderful sharing the view with you along my way…

Souvenir de Malmaison

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Antique French Roses

Sometimes I think I chose my antique roses as much for their names as their scent

or form, Souvenir de Malmaison c. 1843 at the back arch, Deuil de Dr. Reynaud

(otherwise known as Philémon Cochet c. 1862) at front. They have more than lived

up to their names and weathered late rains and hot summers with aplomb. I have

“pruned with a shovel” several old roses that sadly didn’t live up to their lovely

names in my garden… Varigata de Bologna, Charles de Mills, Madame Louise

Leveque…all lovely but not quite at home (it wasn’t them, it was me…)

peonies in a border

Here’s a still tightly wound herbaceous peony Kansas at back , and Sarah Bernhardt

in foreground…more difficult to grown in a Northern California garden than tree

peony varieties. I have over thirty plants that I fuss over, and am thrilled to get scores

of buds most years, but they are definitely not a high yield part of my garden. In the

midwest and in Ireland they are veritable weeds…but prima donnas in a hardly cold

enough micro-climate….

foxgloves

Foxgloves…

These showy gals showed up with bells on…

every garden need some carefree and pretty interlopers

Iris Pallida Varigata

A true friend….I placed Iris Pallida Varigata in my garden a decade ago…

puts on a lavender hued haze every spring and her glaucose striped swords

continue to add interest throughout the year….

Trouvais garden photos

In a corner between the house and the garden below…

Devoniensis c. 1838 at the pillar, Mme Isaac Pereire c. 1881

in foreground, modern Davis Austin rose Gertrude Jekyll at back …

As always…to be continued…

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