Friday, June 20, 2008

My Secret Garden...

It is a Garden Party, click here to take the tour

This is the back view of my home with the desert coming right up to our back yard…so hence the oasis in the desert theme. But...just this week we turned it into a secret garden!

I am so excited to have a new wall around my fairly new garden. We kept the back open to our fabulous wetland/sage steppe view.
At the front of my house you really have to come into the courtyard to see what is going on in there. Just a little peek is visible from the street. Then if you are a friend, you may come to the back of my garden, to see my secret. Our lovely borrowed vista that we so love and enjoy.

So come take a look around, you are an invited guest...things are still growing, but give this garden just a few more years and it will be a bit of Eden...right here in our backyard.

This is looking out from the back porch
Turning south from the porch you can see my new wall. Now you must envision roses filling the tops of the arbors...
Just a bit closer now...
This is looking down the south side wall to the front of the street
Now we are looking at the north side of my porch, at our eating nook window
A close up of my Canterbury Bells that I seeded the first year, they have gone crazy
I often use these kinds of plants till the perennials fill in

This is looking back out to the desert from this gardenlooking north east you can see our garden shed and behind the roses a bit of the potager

there is my north wall

I have lilies coming up in this bed
Looking out to the street again. Can you imagine a black rod iron gate?

The front of my house, with the courtyard

here is a closer look at some of my plants
the penstemons were amazing this year

more lilies

and this is what I do with some of my blooms
But the best thing growing in my garden this year...

Is Puddin Toe's my first grandchild!

The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer to God's heart in the garden
Than anywhere else on earth

Dorothy Gurney
1858 - 1952


Naturegirl said...

Your garden is heavenly and the last photos well I just announced on my blog the birth of our newest grandson! I know the joy you feel!
Now back to your tour..I see that you also love your peonies! I loved your banner too. I seem to be all over with my comments guess it's time to shut down the PC and get some rest!
Have a spendid day in your garden!
Your quote is so so true! :)NG

CIELO said...

Beautiful... could you add a link by to our party so people vising you can find us... thanks you sweetie.... love your garden


Nadine said...

Your garden is beautiful. I think I need you to come work some major miracles at my place.

Elizabethd said...

I find it hard to imagine a desert coming up to your garden! We dont have deserts in France, though we do get very hot weather in the south. What amazing things you have created.

Beverly said...

Everything is just lovely - so bright and colorful.

And, your little Puddin Toe is the most beautiful of all.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

What a treat to see your desert garden and I am just grinning from ear to ear at sweet puddin' toes photos. Adorable!

A Woman Who is: said...

elizabethd: We live in a very dry climate called a desert steppe in eastern Washington. We have a great big river flowing through here called the Columbia River. Because of irrigation from the river we have a very large agricultural community. They say we even have a similar climate to the wine regions in France. We are now growing many wine grapes here in the Columbia Valley. With out the irrigation we would be bone dry!

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Oh myyyyyyyyyyyyy.........I'm blown away.....your garden already *is* quite, quite Eden-like. I adore courtyards and envy you your gorgeous one.

Your flowers are so well tended and cherished they are by you!

Every image in this post is a painting, a work of art, I really enjoyed gazing in admiration at them all. And you get to live there---how fortunate you are.

As for puddin' toes...yes, she is a little flower too. A beautiful blossom, and how blessed to have you for a grandma.

Blessings to you all...

MARIA said...

Beautiful garden,
and your grandson is very cute baby.
Greetings and blessings from Poland!

Charm & Grace said...

Your garden is lovely, but I have to agree that the most beautiful thing in it is Puddin Toes. Hope your weekend is filled with many blessings and good things from God!


Kellie Sue said...

Well Miss Cindy I thought I would share with you the hymn that i recently found that just really met me where I am at spiritually right now and knowing you love Gardening and I knew you and me both share the love of hymns =D. Maybe you've heard it because i've been searching for the tune because i would love to sing it:


I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

So maybe sometime soon i can visit this secret garden of yours, at least while this hymn is still stirring in me a new love for our Creator!

Love you and God be blessing you in many ways on these odd weather-ed summer days!

('08 Intern) Kellie Sue

The Texican said...

Next time if you could just post some flower pictures that would be nice. I agree, although the flowers are beautiful, you just can't beat those sweet little grandchildren.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

What a wonderful garden for Puddin' Toes to grow in! Everything looks so rich and elegant and wonderful...

Barb said...

You have created a bit of heaven on earth. Absolutely incredible. Love the pictures of your sweet little one.

Have a blessed week.

Knitting Mania said...

How nice it was to stroll through your garden, gorgeous!!!

And then to find the best of all Megs and Puddin Toes!!! The icing on the cake!

Love ya Sis

bindhiya said...

What a beautiful garden you have!
thanks for your visit.
♥ & ((hugs))

FancyHorse said...

A lovely garden, a beautiful sanctuary! Precious grandchild! I am a new grandmother, too.

Yours, Nancy

CIELO said...

I'm in paradise! Thank you for participating in our party and for sharing your cozy and beautiful sanctuary with all of us.... What a delightful occasion that was!

Blessings to you and yours.

All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so (Joseph Joubert)


Aisha said...

You have such a lovely garden! I enjoyed visiting your blog. Great photos and posts.

Crystal said...

Your garden is so beautiful! It made me wish I was there. But... your little puddin toes is even cuter!
What a lovely family.

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