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It's the Summer's Gardens Tour of 2008!Get ready as we tour 7 different homeowners gardens, all rolled into one great big feature. There's over 100 photos, so we appreciate allowing your computer sufficient time to download all of these great pics for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy this tour that has been months in the making, and a true labor of love..
We begin our garden tour at Cindy'shome, in the San Fernando Valley. Having a corner home provides Cindy with plenty of gardening opportunities all year long. Her fuschia pink hydrangeas are her pride and joy. What began as pot transplants has resulted in 10 feet of pink summer blooms. Peeking out of the gardens and on the porch you'll find cement statues, fountains and a cat or two. Cindy loves adding the final blush to seating areas by hanging vintage sap buckets filled with pink flowers. A perfect day for Cindy: relaxing in the California sun, being surrounded by pink blooms, the sound of trickling water, and sitting in her favorite wicker chair with her cat, Rex, purring on her lap.(Above photographs courtesy of homeowner)Next, we're moving on to Tania's home in Moorpark, CA. Since she was a little girl, Tania remember's being in her grandparents tiny cottage garden, in the countryside of England. However, her love for gardening didn't hit her until she purchased her first home, a small condo that didn't have much of a garden to speak of. But Tania didn't let that stop her, she hauled in all types of containers, stacking and rearranging until it looked like a real english garden. When they moved into their new home in Moorpark, it was a dream come true, finally space for a real cottage garden. She loves all of the cottage garden flowers, but the old-fashioned English roses are Tania's true love; she can't resist them. Last year, her patio was her biggest project, pulling the cottage garden look into that area, making it into a cozy garden room.
(Above photographs by Jennifer Grey, with the exception of the photo of Tania and her husband)Moving right along, we are now touring Sheila's Garden (my mom's house!) My parents have lived here for over 30 years. I grew up in this home, but the garden didn't always look like this. There were huge box shrubs that blocked the front window and green shutters, and there was no white picket fence. A creative designer in the making, even as a young girl, I pressed my mom to cut the shrubs, put up the picket fence, and open up the garden. And so she finally did, and she my dad created a welcoming, enchanting garden. Her favorite thing in her garden is the pink wildflowers given to her by her dear friend Barbara. Sadly, Barbara has since passed away, but the flowers continue to grow and flourish, reminding her everyday of their friendship.
(Photographs by Jennifer Grey of The Old Painted Cottage)Next on our tour is Cathy's garden in Wilmington, MA. "The Pink Fairy Cottage" is a labor of love for Cathy Scalise and her husband Mike. A combination of both vintage and new furniture and artwork, along with her trademark "pink girly girl" decorating style emphasizes the cottage's magical appeal. Lush annuals, perennials, roses, herbs and whimical garden features are accentuated throughout, while creating a unique and enchanting English Cottage Garden. The perfect place to play, rest or enjoy a spot of tea! Everyone's invited...
(Photographs above courtesy of homeowner)Next stop, it's Kelly's Camper Garden in Davie, Florida. She along with her husband and three sons refer to this darling camper as their "little cottage on wheels". When not set up her garden, Kelly and her family enjoy taking their camper on outings to Flager, FL, where you can set up camp right on the beach, as well as the Florida Keys. There's pleny of family fun entertainment to look forward to, such as card games, checkers and even a few rounds of horseshoes, not to mention their favorite..making yummy smores!Come on inside, the camper's waiting to see you! When Kelly purchased this camper, it needed a lot of TLC. They put up beadboard, scalloped mouldings and painted everything white, with the exception of the armoire, which was painted robins egg blue. Kelly's mom made the slipcovers for the cushions and new curtains for the windows. The camper makeover was a group effort from the whole family.(Photographs above courtesy of homeowner)Next we're off to visit Melody's garden, in Ventura, CA. Melody's garden is the result of lots of love and luck. She usually goes to the nursery and purchases the plants that catch her eye that day. Aside from her rose garden, she didn't plan much, just picked out the plants and decided where they would look best. Staying with a particular color scheme, Melody suggests, helps to keep the cohesiveness of the look. And she recommends one of the best cottage garden staples is the Cecil Brunner Climber or Sweetheart Rose, making a beautiful backdrop for any garden. Melody enjoys taking walks in her garden in the mornings, taking in the sounds of the birds and the beauty of nature.
(Photographs by Jennifer Grey, with the exception of photo of Melody)
Hope you're ready for more, cause we're off to visit Annamarie's garden, in Cary, NC. A sweet haven of a garden, Annamarie loves taking in the sights from her back veranda. Sipping cups of warm coffee in the fresh morning air, Annamarie enjoys the focal point of her garden, which is the arbor that goes into the woods, and the beautiful lady statue beneath, which greets all visitors that pass her way. Lots of roses, comfortable furniture and big inviting pillows create this very tranquil and peaceful place that is like a second home for Annamarie.(Photographs above courtesy of homeowner)
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this month's Summer's Gardens tour. I also wish to thank all of the homeowners that participated in this feature. You ladies are of great inspiration to us all! -JG