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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Can you Stand It?

Don’t you love it when a friend (who also loves gardening) calls you up and says that she saw in the paper that there is a garden tour about an hour from here.  Do you want to go? 

Whoa.  Back up the bus and let me get on!!!  And so it was that we made the sacrifice to love the hubs – ok that’s funny.  I actually wrote “love the hubs”.   ROFLOL!  I meant to say, “leave the hubs” at home and go enjoy  ourselves.  Listen, if we don’t do it, maybe NOBODY will?  Think about it. 

So I said to myself, self – why don’t you share some of the wonderful photos of the tour?  Think you can stand it?  Here goes:

House #1 was in town.  This lady did a lot with potted plants but her landscaped gardens were also wonderful.


 Ready for a cup of tea?  Inside a cool rusty metal gazebo.


 Same home – a front corner of her yard with another sitting spot.



House #2 was also in town.  This arbor was built using 2 old barn windows.  Honest.  That’s what she said.  I have never in my life seen a barn with windows like that.  If you have a set, please send them my way.

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A beautiful day lily.


 Home #3 was in the country on what had been a piece of ground covered with pine trees, etc.  They took out enough to make a yard.  Well there was more to it than that.  This is the pond that was at the bottom of a waterfall & stream.


 This is the waterfall.  Keep in mind that Mother Nature did not do the work on this.


They also had this way cool birdhouse garden.  I want to get me one of those.


 House #4 was by a lake and you’d be greeted by this bed of day lilies and other flowery stuff.  Sometimes things just get too technical for me so I just call them flowers. 



 They had lots of shade.  So guess what?  About a million hostas and every one different.  (and every one labeled) Plus, they had an entire bed of mini-hostas.  Do you see how tiny this one is?


Here we are at Home #5.   This was also on a lake but it had formerly been a farm and many of the flowers were on an old cow yard.  And you know what we get from cows?  Milk.  And other good stuff for gardens.   How’s that?  The G-rated version.





Don’t you absolutely love this gate to no-where?


 And this out-house?  Truly.  It’s a 2-seater and if you don’t know what that is, look it up.  I’m not responsible for educating  you young folk.


 Home #6.  Words fail me.  (shocker).  It was like a park and every direction you looked, you saw more. 




So, that was my Saturday of “SHOCK & AWE”!!!

It’s kinda hard to come home and not feel inadequate in the garden department and yet it was VERY inspiring and sometimes at this time of year it’s good to get pumped again.  Maybe if you’re interested – and maybe even if you’re not – I will post pictures of some of the flowers God put in my yard, just blooming their heads off.

Ms. Faye

If you’d like to see more garden photos, click the link below for Tootsie Time:



Kathie said...

just beautiful
what I wouldn't give to learn how to have a garden like any one of these pictures!

PAT said...

Looks like a wonderful tour. I enjoyed all the photos. I especially like the arbor made from old barn windows.

Linda said...

Faye.....thanks so much for the Garden Tour! I haven't been to one in far too many years. Life is too short not to sit in a pretty garden!

Bonnie said...

What a fun garden tour!

Grammee Linda said...

JUST gorgeous! I'd like to be on that bus too!! Looks like you have had a lot more rain than we have. Our gardens are suffering horribly so I really enjoyed this tour!

Sharon said...

Incredible! Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

Thanks so much for sharing Faye!!! Love the photos...esp, the arbor (great idea!), and the out house. I'd be going potty all the time just to head on out there!! d
I get so inspired when I see what people do, but by the time I get home inspired has turned into tired! So thanks to all those who work hard so I don't have to!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I just love garden tours. I missed out on all the ones we had in my part of the country in the spring. It's way too hot this time of year for garden tours here. Lovely!

Tootsie said...

oh FAYE!!!! I wish I could have gone on this tour!!! what a beautiful bunch of gardens! I am sure that after these you are inspired!!!
so glad to hear from has been a while since I have been all the way around blog land...glad to see you are still the silliest funniest lady around!
hugs ! and I hope you will share your gardens soon!

Suzy said...

Lucky you to have a friend to go garden hopping with! What a great group of gardens. I thought I liked the cow garden best until you showed the last one. That would have been my fave too. I like chock a block full gardens like that.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What beautiful gardens you were able to tour. Did you get to peek inside the house too? Well, no matter, the gardens were perfect. Thanks for sharing all of your lovely photos.

Marie said...

WOW! What a wonderful tour. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures. I bet you came away with some great ideas.

Marie said...

I miss you!

The Tablescaper said...

Looks like a wonderful day!!!

- The Tablescaper

terriborgese said...

Hi Love the pics. The gardens are just beautiful. Can I ask you about the painted chairs in your header? Do you put a finish on them so they don't peel so quickly?

Thanks, Terri

Donna said...

Knock, knock! Hellooooooo! Anybody home? Are you out to lunch? Out congratulating Joe on his 1,000 hits while swooning (and hopefully not drooling)? Congratulate him for me while you're at it!

I've missed your posts and I can't imagine how anyone who is such a blogful joy can go so long without posting. Okay, I lied (as usual) because I can imagine it since I haven't posted in ages myself! I will do so soon though but this isn't about me. It's about me missing your wonderful posts. Okay, I guess it is about me but I bet I am not the only one missing your creative, humorous, joyful posts! I imagine the entire world, perhaps the universe, is on the edge of their seats in anxious anticipation of your next literary masterpiece! How's that for pressure? Tee-hee-hee!

I hope all is well Behind Your Picket Fence, and hope to hear from you soon! D~~~~