Thursday, March 22, 2012

well, hello spring....

visiting one of my favorite clients gardens today...i find sooo many pretties to delight my heart.  with record breaking heat and highs in the 80's...spring has sprung super early!!  pollen and bugs included.

i have been working on this garden for 8ish years now and the climbing vines on the pergola have never been so prolific and fragrant..

three of my all time favorite vines AND i am a vine lover! 
 a tangle of
carolina jessamine,
 evergreen clematis armandii
and new dawn rose
(which will bloom later).

i just love how they mingle.

the evergreen clematis armandii has a heady intoxicating fragrance and most loverly tropical looking leaves that actually, yes indeedy, stay green all year.
this demure garden lady was added to the garden last year, carved by the owners friend, it makes a strong focal point and yet ,
a soft and restful place to gaze on.

a back view of the pergola with fuchsia loropetulum blooming in the foreground.

please set a while...

isn't she beautiful?
it is really quite satisfying for me to visit my gardens in spring, after not having seen them for a few months.  i usually become very nervous and worried about how things have fared and then when i turn down the drive , get out of my jeep and walk the gardens...
i quickly find the beauty and  
enjoy  the fruits of my labor.
and it all seems so worthwhile!

if it seems as if i have not been posting as often, it is certainly not for lack of imagery or thoughts, but rather so many things going on right now, it is hard to choose what to post about!   it is unbelievably gorgeous outside these days (despite the dust storm of pollen  flying around)...i have been power walking at jim warner park several times a week...rearranging the house (always)....i shot all the photos for my friend's new website for her restaurant called, the bunganut pig (never took pictures of food before, that was fun, especially eating the props)  you can check it out here and if you look at the bottom of their page you will see my credit for the photos (FUN!  credit for photos on a real website! me?)....besides my garden work, i have several paintings going on in my studio and may do will be doing a fair this fall with a new friend , mark porter, who makes barnwood frames and gorgeous wooden well as learning new photography and photoshop techniques...the list goes on and on....not enough time in the day.....spring is well on its way now and i still have a snowy header (i can't seem to settle on a new one)....i have always been rather fickle (and, "frickled"?)....sometimes it is hard to focus on just one thing......oy.

i'd love any suggestions for a new header!   when you think of my blog what comes to mind?  is it more garden or more art or more vintage decorating or photography or all of the above??  or is it a wishy-washy mish-mash...say that 10 times fast....i have read that it is not good to keep changing ones header....folks like to count on a certain you agree??  i need help with this one, please.

(the frickled one)

p.s.  have you heard about the Bronson Pinchot Project???  remember him?  Balchey from "Perfect Strangers"? OMG! my new favorite show on DIY network....bronson owns 10 houses in Harford Pennsylvania AND 2 barns filled with architectural salvage in which he uses to re fab his houses...he is very knowledgeable about historic architecture and hugely passionate!!!  his side kick Mikey is so dorky and will LOVE this show!!!  check out how he hid his refrigerator behind an old bookcase with a swinging door!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have been busy. Great job on the photography work! We got some rain, so the yellowish/green haze has been washed away - for now. I bet this is a busy time of the year for you with the gardens.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The garden is beautiful! Although we have been enjoying unseasonably warm temps in MN, nothing is blooming yet (it's way too early). As for your header, maybe your could do a collage of a garden, one of your paintings, and your home, and that would also encompass your photography. Nice that you have so many choices!

Donna said...

I LOVE the girl statue!! Gorgeous pics. I bet you are super busy with all the gardens and everything else. You wear me out just thinking about it all.
Love the food pics ... I so could eat it all!
Any header you choose would be gorgeous!

It's me said...

Spring kisses from

KarenB said...

A friend was telling me about this show, but couldn't remember his name. Now I can check it out! Thanks. Well, I think your header should be gardenie. But, of course, with your dreamy style. Sounds like you are having such a good time lately. I'm so happy for you!

Cindy said...

Your pergola is fabulous! I want a clematis Armandi too! Love how you have lots of different things that will bloom on it. As far as your header, the first thing i think of when i think of you is your paintings, especially that crazy wonderful one of the horses face... and i think of your adorable dining room... Maybe your header should reflect all the parts of you, your art, your decor, and your garden!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Isn't this weather just GREAT but strange? We here had the mildest winter with almost NO SNOW...IN MINNESOTA? And we too have had high 70s and I heard we are 7 weeks early with the spring. Unbelievable. Well, your pergola is JUST STUNNING!!!!!!!! HI ERIN dear!!! Anita

Carole said...

You know how to get to me. I'm drooling all over these photos!


The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

I just discovered your wonderful blog, great photographs am having great fun reading.

I have never heard of the vine Carolina Jessemine it goes beautifully with Clematis armandii (which we already grow)in your pictures. I must see if it is available here in UK.


Georgianna said...

Hi Erin! Yes, the weather is wild! I love seeing the evergreen clematis. It's blooming here, too, and so welcome. My favorite of your headers was the one with the Mason jars. I always enjoy the changes you make though. Would love to see more of your stunning paintings. Still dream of owning one :) xo – g

Petra Eriksson said...

Lovely!!!! Hugs from Petra

Heaven's Walk said...

You ARE a busy girl, aren't you, Erin? Wow! But with all of your talent, you're bound to be! lol! For your header I think you should do line up a your favorite garden/flower photo, your fav painting, and your fav vintage item. You'll cover all of your loves and talents! ♥ Btw - your larkspur photos are simply beautiful! :)

xoxo laurie