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6/19/10

GARDENING: COTTAGE GARDEN - SHABBY CHIC


WELCOME TO THE MAGIC OF CAROLANNE'S GARDEN
Sunny Southern California
welcome heart
Carolanne's garden is a magical place.  So magical, in fact, that I couldn't seem to stop taking pictures.  I know I took way too many - so I will keep the commentary to a minimum and just let you enjoy the beauty that is Carolanne's garden.
wrought iron bench - front yard

garden view from the street
Her garden is filled with flowers, each specimen tended tenderly, like children, and accented with treasures she has carefully selected.  The result is pure magic.

antique urn in the walkway

shabby urns

flower border - front window planter
delphinium and ballerina rose

Exploring this garden is like a treasure hunt - with each glance revealing a new hidden treasure.  A unique accessory...
candle sconce
ledge and watering can - front yard

tiny birdhouse - front window border
lavender and yellow
She collects beautiful and unique plants she selects from local nurseries or orders online from Annies Annuals and Perennials (highly recommended by Carolanne for quality and variety).

hollyhock grows through wrought iron heart basket
Hers is a true cottage garden:  flowers in abundance and growing with abandon, carefully selected accents and statuary, unique pots, cozy and inviting seating areas. . .  well, you'll see what I mean as we explore Carolanne's magical garden....


bright pink hollyhock
unusual plant - luminescent
close-up of tiny flower
the shaded front porch
front porch chandelier and accents
front door
antiqued door knocker
fountain turned planter

This covered front porch provides the perfect environment for a delicate shade garden.  Carolanne doesn't profess to be a horticulturist.  She can't tell you the names of all of her plants.  She is simply an artist with a very green thumb. . . . a 'mother' who tends lovingly to her 'children' . . . she brings to her garden what she finds to be beautiful and unigue - plants only what she loves - and the result is stunning.

succulents
babys tears and hydrangea
chinese flowering maple
cozy reading spot
fuschia urn
orchid flower - looks like a miniature orchid
close-up of flower
multi armed wall sconce
don't know the name of this beauty

And that was just the front  . . . come with me to the back garden

back of gate - red geraniums
garden armillary
chinese flowering maple

3-tiered dry fountain
A salvaged fountain 'sculpture' becomes a beautiful focal point when filled with plants instead of water

close up of fountain detail
clematis
busy bee
disneyland rose
garden swing
mixed garden border
cabbage roses
Carolanne scours local flea markets for her treasures, where she found this vintage patio set and handcrafted pillows
blue!
fuschia pot and close up of cushions
a vintage toleware chandelier adds an accent
geranium variety
flower market sign - well said!
bleeding heart vine
more fuschias - these look like little ballerinas
wicker settee tucked into a shady alcove
a single rosebud reaches for the sunshine
metal chippy birdhouse
hearts and flowers...
Carolanne added instant charm to her kitchen window with flea market shutters
mismatched chairs add charm to her alfresco dining area
hidden treasures - succulents and sculpture under a tree
possibly a variety of mullein?
another amazing fuschia basket - which I can't seem to grow at all!
little violas with their upturned faces
the perfect spot to sit and dream
poppies!
Eden - my favorite rose variety
geranium and blue lobelia
THANK YOU FOR VISITING
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