|Love bird garden fountain|
I'm so looking forward to seeing your garden photos and adding them to the upcoming tour. Please forward them to me, if you haven't already. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Everyone is invited to participate - you don't need an invitation - just a camera and a garden or outdoor living space. I will be contacting a few of you to come take photos, as well!
While I am on the subject of gardens, I thought I'd share some of my own inspiration this year. In April I attended the spring garden show at South Coast here in Southern California - here are a few things that caught my eye there:
Succulents were everywhere!
|pansy style geraniums|
I always have to take home a new geranium plant or two...
This supertunia in purple and green came home with us, too...
|purple and brown orchids|
the orchids always blow me away with their color and variety
|south coast garden show orchid display|
but I decided NOT to kill any this year by bringing them home...
|cottage garden planter|
I now know what to do with my european baby bath - identical to this one - sitting empty in my garden. Turn it into a planter!
|pottery barn window display|
Especially inspiring was this Pottery Barn window display. Love the old ladder used to hang lanterns. Imagine the variety of lanterns you could use, and where you could hang them - from a tree, a patio cover, or over a barbecue - where I will use this idea!
Memorial weekend found us on a road trip to a family reunion in the Salt Lake area of Utah. I picked up some fresh spring garden ideas there, as well. Most memorable was the huge variety of shrubs and greenery - many flowers were also in bloom - viburnum of the 'snowball' variety were everywhere and nearly every home seemed to have a variety of bearded iris..
We took Bailey with us - she loves to go for rides in the car, although this 'ride' was a lot longer than most...
|bailey, the leonberger|
We had a beautiful trip up, with no traffic and great weather (just a little rain) although we heard it had snowed in the valley just a couple of days before.
|raindrops keep falling...|
|storm clouds in salt lake city|
While in Salt Lake, we found a little time to explore and found a great shop at 678 So. 700 E. called Ward and Child - a garden decor store with a beautiful garden in the back of the shop that I will wait for the garden tour to share.... but the inside....
|ward and child garden store gnomes|
great garden accents...
(don't ya just love the gnomes!)
|ward and child statuary and urns|
|ward and child statuary|
|ward and child in salt lake city, utah|
and just my kind of shop inside - what is it about garden decor that makes me want to curl up and live there?
|second hand chic junk shop|
|emiliejayne vintage and new|
and had to make a stop here for my DH - the chocoholic!
We spent two great days with family
|reunion banner at murray park|
|3 legged race|
including my beautiful 93 year old mom!
|afton - 93 years young|
and then headed for home ...
|early morning cloud bank in provo, utah|
after an Einstein Bagel breakfast with our son who is attending college in Utah
and some shopping....
|james at nordstroms|
which means posing with funny hats and sunglasses
|brett - gq pose|
|miami vice jacket|
and trying on Miami Vice style jackets....
just for laughs
The ride home was long, but beautiful
|st. george, utah|
|las vegas at sunset|