Monday 6 August 2018

Open Gardens

I can’t believe that it has been six weeks since I last posted.  I have had issues with posting photographs and only recently discovered that Google no longer supports Picasa, which has made moving photos difficult.  Anyway, I seem to have managed to upload some photos, so here they are.

July and August are the months for open gardens at the garden club, which we joined in the spring.  A chance to have a look at some of the gardens was too good a opportunity to miss, though we haven’t managed to tour all of them.

One of the gardens which drew the largest crowds was the woodcarver’s garden.  The first photo is the intriguing view of the garden from the road, but a short walk to the rear of the house revealed a variety of carvings.  The fairy garden (above) was one of my favourites.

There is something very tactile about carvings and I ran my hands over this bald eagle, marvelling at the fact that all of these carvings were done with a chainsaw.

 Another favourite garden was this one.  The front garden was pretty, with sweet little touches like these stars and the peace sign (below).  


Behind the house, we found this baby barn which had candle lights in the windows and a willow wreath on the door.  I love those red flowers, but forgot to ask what they were.

What came as a complete surprise was this bed under the trees - the perfect spot for a nap on a hot afternoon. 

Complete with cotton sheets, a cotton nightgown and a teddy bear, it looked so inviting. 

I love this luggage label, which reads, ‘I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life’.

How could I resist a photograph of this fireplace, which was on the deck, shaded by a pergola and complete with armchairs for a shady spot to sit and relax. 

We have been out to two more garden tour dates, so I will share some of those photos soon.  
Hope you are all surviving this hot, humid weather.


  1. Great to see you back here, Marie! Hope the picture wonkiness is sorted now. Sometimes it doesn't seem like tech helps us as much as it's supposed to. ;) LOVE seeing all this garden inspiration! The wood carvings are splendid... and LOVE the fairy garden--too cute! The bed under the shady tree is a lovely idea... How it's all waterproof?! ;) That'd be a mad rush to bring all the pillows and such in when it rains... LOL! Thanks for taking us along. I'd like to made something like that fairy garden some time... maybe next year! Happy Summer Days ((HUGS))

    1. Yes, the tech issues are a problem. I haven’t found a satisfactory resolution yet, which means lots of juggling photos - adding them to a memory stick, then transferring to the other computer. It is all so tedious. Glad you enjoyed the garden inspiration, Tracy - no, the bedding certainly wasn’t waterproof - I suspect that they only put the bed out there for the garden tour. Marie x

  2. Two very different gardens and yet both fascinating. The wood sculptures are wonderful and I love the inside being outside in the second garden:)

    1. They are both special gardens in their own way. I was happy to visit them and share them here. Marie x