And let me preface this invitation with apologies - my garden is not really visitor ready.
Spring seemed to come too quickly - long before we had finished planting and pruning.
Spring came and still we had not cleaned up the winter debris, or tidied up the putting green
(the golf course did not trim it's huge eucalyptus trees
and they have been dropping berries and leaves on the putting green all winter).
It was a very busy winter in the Barnett house. I'm afraid we neglected the garden.
Trying to catch up with the garden duties has been slow.
I have a cottage garden.
It is really my husband's garden and for him it is therapy.
He LOVES to dig and plant and pot.
He LOVES that he planted the garden and that it is growing, thriving and beautiful.
He can SEE the fruits of his labors.
I love that his hobby gives him so much joy and so,
it is my little gift to him, although he is not aware of that.
He LOVES to garden!
So I try not to 'interfere' when the pots don't match
and there is no rhyme or reason to the plants
and every ornament put in the garden gets broken . . .
not to mention that the wisteria is out of control and there are vines where no vines should be,
and there are more pots than there is room if you actually want people to walk anywhere.
And the side yard isn't finished and the garden tools are everywhere. . . .
because this garden is a labor of love -
My fountain is musical and beautiful - just ask the birds who come to drink and bathe in it.
This wonderful and bright yellow fellow I have learned is a Western Oriole.
I never knew this bird existed until it visited my fountain and delighted me with its beauty.
Finches of every color, wrens, sparrows and brightly irridescent hummingbirds are frequent visitors.
The hummingbirds are especially bold and come to examine us, hovering just inches from our faces.
But to be honest - the garden is what a cottage garden should be.
My home is very unpretentious and I suppose any other type of garden
wouldn't bring us the joy this untidy bit of real estate does.
The beds are not uniform, no color scheme exists here -
colors collide happily in every imaginable combination.
My husband loves to create pots of beautiful flowers -
so much so that there are an over abundance of them
and they continually creep into the pathways and seating areas.
When they become too much of an obstacle,
I move them - quietly -
to areas where they can be appreciated but not tripped over.
Over 40 of them.
I chose most, but not all, of the roses - wonderful David Austin English roses,
Romantica roses and luscious scented old Heritage roses with petal counts of 60 and upward.
They are long lasting and remind me of peonies - which we can't grow here in Southern California.
So here are some views of my 'not yet ready for visitors' garden.
What it lacks in symmetry and good design, it makes up for in joy.
Do we have a music lover here?
armfuls of them in vases and pitchers - smelling of heaven.
This rose, a rich raspberry colored rose with big multi-petaled 5-inch fragrant blooms, is a favorite.
Wrought iron from an antique french gate tops cast iron pillars to frame an entry to the putting green.
It is an amazing and beautiful sight when in bloom.
In the growing season it can creep along at up to a foot a day.
Here, night blooming jasmine fills the night with heady perfume.
Spring brings a reappearance of the cameleon vine that is dormant in the winter. It serves as a beautiful ground cover, with touches of yellow and pink where the sun kisses it.
Bailey loves the garden and often helps my husband plant - much to his chagrin - as she loves to dump the nursery plants out of their plastic pots. I'm sure she believes she is being very helpful.
My Eden roses. My all time favorite - they are not only gorgeous, they bloom year round - although not as abundantly as in Spring/Summer. They start off with hot pink centers and fade to light pink.
Hundreds of petals on this one!
this amazing 7-inch incredibly beautiful bloom - once a year.
The blooms last about 3 days and are gone!
I love changing the plants each season for a fresh look.
while mom and dad birdy took turns feeding them. Soooo cute.
The apple tree will be raided by possums, raccoons and birds long before the fruit is ready, with the same story for the grapes. It's a rare day when we get a taste of apple or a cluster of grapes.
No cottage garden is complete without a Fairy.
Enjoy your gardens and remember - they don't have to be perfect to be beautiful!
I will be posting photos from our Garden tour next!
(Including recipes for our luscious lemon refreshments and instructions for our table projects.)
Keep an eye out!
Please comment and tell me about your gardens!
Love and flowers!Claudine