Well my inkwell obsession is ongoing. But I must stop-- running out of places to put them in my small home. This is the final purchase ( at least for a long time) so dainty and pretty. It is Dresden or Limoges I believe. Not too expensive I collect only what I find pleasing. What a more gracious world it used to be. A time when people took the time to sit down and write letters and thank you notes.
I cut some peonies and mock orange from my garden to show you too.
My garden contains many pink and white peonies. I love them above all other flowers. I also grow sweet pea and iris which are also my favorites.
Peonies have such a short life span and I often cut them and make arrangements. As they get older I hang them upside down ( makes the color stay in the petals better) and dry them.
I then reuse them in December in one or two of my smaller Christmas trees or in garlands I place over doorways. The pinker the peony the prettier it dries. The raspberry ones that are sort of striped look great dried.
Last week when the landscaper men came a month early and dug up our lawn in the back garden I had a real mud pit--because it rained the next day. We ran out and bought annuals just to fill it in and add some pink color! I have more peonies and iris on the way and foxgloves coming too. We planted for 2 days- all pink or white flowers. Cleome, foxgloves, speedwell, pin cushion flowers. It was a lot of work but I love it and we no longer have to worry about that patch of grass that will never grow. I had fun pretending I was Marie Anotinette creating her little farm gardens.Pink Boy was an excellent garden helper.
I'm joining in on Wow Us Wednesday at Savy Southern Style:
Japanese gardens usually have a gate/arch like this
Places to sit and enjoy the views
We had the pleasure of a visit to Gibbs Gardens in Ballground Ga. about 1 hour North of us. Mr Gibbs-- of the landscaping firm of same name --has created a wonderful garden that he delights in sharing with visitors. He always knew he would open it to the public someday. It is so serene and he has done such a wonderful job of making every view a pleasing one.
As you know if you read this blog I am in love with Japan-- the gardens there and arts and culture. This is the largest Japanese garden in the United States. He traveled to Japan to learn how to create an authentic one.
A visit is a good walking workout. You walk about 2.5 miles total to see everything. They have a bloom guide and you can plan your visits to see different things in bloom throughout the year. I can't wait to return to see roses and rhododendrons in bloom.
The good news is the landscaper guys came early. The bad news is that the landscaper guys came early! Then we had a lot of rain. The sprinkler system is whacked out now for some reason so our side path with flower walkway is also a mess.
We have a lovely mud pit in the back garden. We had them dig 6 inches down so I could plant more peonies and iris and other things in the two garden beds when you walk into the garden from the gate. Pink Boy will lay a stone walkway between the two beds and no more grass to mow in that area--we had trouble growing grass there so I said lets just make bigger beds and forget the grass ! Pink Boy liked that idea.
I had friends invited for weekend garden lunch but have had to post pone it. Pink Boy will be putting the stones down and it will take him most of weekend. the soil comes today I hope they show up. I will post another shot when it is finished and I have some plants in.
This should be our last major garden change. Then we will save up for a iron entry gate.
Our finches had babies and we now have 4 from the first clutch They are doing well and learning to eat. We have another clutch coming along--not sure how many in that one and if they are multicolored or white.
They are fun to watch. Even our big male canary helps to feed the babies. I will be giving them away to good homes. We have had the finches about a year now ( 3 pair) and I have taken over 100 eggs out of the nest boxes. I forgot to check before Easter week and next thing we knew we saw little white bird heads in a nest box!
Another pink inkwell in my small collection. This one not too expensive just pretty. It usually sits on my bedroom mantel. I love using these inkwells and feeling connected to women who used them in the past for their personal correspondence.
I am having so much fun with my monogram. I use same one that Marie Antoinette had. I have an embosser, rubber stamps of it, sealing wax seal and stencil. I used the stencil to embellish my plain clay flower pot. I read that Marie Antoinette had her monogram on flower pots and milk jugs at her Petit Hameau.
The flower is a balloon flower-- it reseeds and comes back. I planted some in the flower borders too.
I'm joining in the following Wednesday blog links:
I was in Home Depot the other day and noticed these pink keys! Well I had to get a new house key anyway so why not a pink one?
I always keep my house key separate from car keys for security reasons so I put pretty things with my house key my little carriage key ring and Marie Antoinette key ring fob. I like to make the mundane pretty if I can.
Just a quick peek at my Easter decorations. I use the same greenery Easter baskets for us every year. I just add things to them mainly candy or cute trinkets. I am going to play Easter bunny and deliver cookies and cupcakes to the neighbor kids that I know on my street. A local bakery makes cute and yummy cupcakes Sugarplum Visions, and the cookies come from Gabriel's bakery in Marietta--a treasure of a bakery /lunch spot. Have a Pink day
I feel it is offically here since my first peony has opened on April 1. It is called Do Tell and it is one of my favorites. I usually go for the double full fluffy ones but something about this one is so pleasing to me.
I'm just a girl from the South with an eye for pink and for pretty homes and gardens. I love to travel and I love France. I have lots of hobbies and love meeting new people. I love art,pastry making, ballet, reading, gardening,dancing and being with friends and with my dogs, cat and pink parakeets.