Sunday, June 28, 2015

le jardin...part four...pond life


In my fourth "le jardin 2015" post I am featuring our two ponds...we have an upper pond with a waterfall that flows into a lower pond (with yes...another little waterfall)...the bridge you see below separates the two ponds...


More English china makes it's home among the climbing hydrangea...along the back fence above the upper pond...


another view...


I love planting the bridge with a pretty pink display every year...and getting the largest hydrangea I can find for the center of the pond!


For over a decade we've had koi.. they are fabulous pets..they require so little and are marvelous to watch...at one point we had over 20...



Last Fall a mysterious mink...stealthily removed every single fish...heartbreaking...there was nothing to do...mink can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes under water and will clean out a pond in a matter of weeks...which is exactly what happened...

These pictures aren't even the most recent...we had very large koi that would greet us each time we came near the pond..they get used to their owners and we could feed them by hand...

"Tiger" was my son's favorite..."Lemon Drop" was my daughter's...they had had them since they were very little...a little memorial to Tiger below...he was our oldest and largest!





 I wasn't sure I wanted to "invest" either financially or emotionally in getting fish again...because the "mother in me" feels responsible for them...(just in case the mink was still around)...so I found these pretty pink glass balls that I thought added nice color in the pond instead...it is very pretty to watch them float around in the breeze...


I gave in a month ago though and bought a few new koi...now named after Game of Thrones characters...oh how times change! So far so good...NO MINK! Keep your fingers crossed!



This is my second annual "huge hydrangea" centerpiece! I'm loving it placed in the center of the pond...thanks to my hubby for getting it in there in one piece!



The climbing hydrangea are just beginning to bloom on the arbors...but the roses are slow to show  this year...


The wisteria on the roof line of the folly really felt this Winter's wrath...it used to wind it's way over at least half of the roof...


I was happy to see a few blooms...hopefully it will be back with gusto next Summer!


The honeysuckle is starting to bloom too...but this arbor is full of different bloomers...autumn clematis, roses, and climbing hydrangea....it took a beating too this Winter so I will soon clipping away at all the dead stuff as you can see here...and doing a bit of replanting/replacing...some of these climbers were over 10 years old!


The hosta and ground cover are loving all the rain...


A view from the back of the garden looking towards the house...



If you missed the first three installments of our garden tour this year click here. Otherwise I hope you are enjoying some outdoor time where ever you are...                                                                                                                                              


XO Emily

Friday, June 19, 2015

le jardin...part three...what's on deck this year?



Every year I like to feature my upstairs deck/sanctuary...it is just off my master suite and it is where you will find me with a great book/magazine/music playing most lovely lazy days of Summer.




One of the reasons I feature it every year is that often I make changes...in the rugs, plants, accessory items, etc...like life..nothing stays the same for long!



It is a sizable space that is difficult to feature in proper scale...I like to host casual/impromptu lunch here for girlfriends who stop by to sunbathe...

My four-legged girlfriend likes to sunbathe every day too!


The double chenille chaises (they are made for outdoor use) fold down flat...perfect for naps on the weekend or star-gazing through the pergola at night...


I hope this beauty keeps going all Summer long...


This table was a great find last year...I use it so much...and I just love the wicker!



I am a water girl...this fountain can be heard all over the upstairs when we have all our windows open...lovely to sleep... one of my faves...hearing the sound of water...



Our big palladian window in our hallway has screened panels that open on each side...as you stand on the landing you can see out to the deck and catch a nice breeze...I keep the air-conditioning off as much as possible!


Reading samples...on a pink tray from Target... spotted and purchased by my dear friend Jackie...and voila...it works delightfully on the deck...merci' mon ami!


The boxwood in each container made it through the Winter (thank goodness...as boxwood has gotten expensive) so I love the "pop" of the added pink with the white and green...


The space looks lovely at night too! I will feature that in another post...I am working on shooting the garden at dusk...when it is just fills me with pure contentment...my favorite times in the garden spaces are in the early morning and as the sun sets!

Since the sun is setting on this week too...enjoy the weekend! Happy Father's Day to all the great Dad's!! If you want to see the beginning of my 2015 garden series...click here.

XO Emily

Friday, June 12, 2015

le jardin 2015...part two...folly and friends...



Since it is raining and cool here today it is nice to look at these images from a week ago...the lower garden is finally planted and on it's way....a couple of years ago I designed the table/bench/planter/trellis combo to meet my entertaining needs...this table can easily sit 12...more if needed...and I love the versatility of having different entertaining spaces around the garden.


All of the pillows and bench cushions are outdoor friendly...I have added a number of differently patterned blue English china plates all over the garden...because I like my outdoor spaces to feel as "done" as my indoor spaces...that includes adding mirrors, different kinds of fabric, mood lighting, etc...






Recently I hosted a ladies lunch...for the gals I see almost daily at the gym. We thought it would be fun to see each other with make-up and regular clothes for once!


Everyone is a very healthy eater so the food was created with that in mind...egg white, chicken and tuna salad..parfaits made with fresh strawberries, greek yogurt, pecans and kiwi as well as a veggie fritatta and green and fruit salad...I just loved using this vintage table cloth on the buffet table...and I used one of my favorite table cloths on the lower harvest table as well...




Of course a little libation is always a fun addition to any soiree. I kept it light...the recipe is delicious...aromatized wine (I used a mix of green apple and strawberry). I added in a bit of Prosecco and a good dash of fresh lime and lemon juice and a sprig of rosemary...voila..delish and done!





The starter was a shot glass of gazpacho with a little avocado..and I like to use frozen green grapes in pitchers of both water and drinks for a little extra flair...instead of ice.



I recently revamped our garden "folly" again this year. It got a new floor and paint job all over the interior...
 

I like to use the long buffet/bar when I entertain...it works really well...the folly opens up onto the little chandy nook...in the back of the garden...



 Over the bridge...another view...


The wisteria vine on the roof of the folly is late to bloom this year...along with all the roses around the garden...

One of my favorite spots to sit...in the wicker chairs looking out to the pond below...


My newest obsession is decorating the chandy with fresh flowers- each time a different color and theme...this week I used white mums...they are hardy and it was nice to see keep it monochromatic..one day I will do a post with all the different flower schemes on this fun little accessory...



This year I was inspired to do a whimsical garden swing in the back little nook of the garden... it was very easy to make.

 I bought 12 feet of large rope found at our local hardware store...and then a plank of cedar that I had the store drill two holes in to fit the rope. I tied a knot at each end and went to work decorating it...I covered it with different kinds of moss (tucking things into the twine I used to wrap the rope and hold the elements securely) and  a bunch of earthy elements including shells, rocks, sea glass, dried flowers, etc. The whole project cost me under $25.00...not including the decorating material which I already had in my prop closet.

It adds a fun fairyland motif to this otherwise blank space (and goodness knows...I CAN'T have any BLANK spaces...)..I also hang glass blue balls from clear wire from the trees around this little nook too...yes...I've heard all the jokes...



I glued a flower pot on the cedar plank as well- to add stability and to make sure little visitors didn't think the swing was for swinging...


Leaving this little part of the garden means going over the bridge in between the two ponds...and you can get a view or the two waterfalls as you walk over...next time I will feature more about Pond Life...



BTW...if you missed the first installment of garden activity this year click here....a little update...my gardenia topiary are finally blooming...to my delight! I am in love and they smell delicious!


Have a great weekend! XO Emily



















Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...