Friday, April 20, 2012

Lilacs, Roses, and Garden Mysteries

Early morning or late evening is the best hour for garden photos I imagine. But since we don't really have a "garden" per se anyway, high noon will have to do. The lilacs are fading to a paler hue and won't last long now. But what I actually want to show is the before shots of the rose bed.

There are nine established but sorely neglected rose bushes here that have always been left to climb because we felt that they were too much in the shade. Forget that they are not climbers! Some grew as tall as the house, but without giving much bloom. I wanted to show just how much we have pruned them this year in hopes they will do better. They have started to fill out, and have a few buds. Cross your fingers!

These mystery low growing plants in the rose bed had a small purple flower while it was still cold. Violets?

A crop of daylilies is peeking out in the background here. Do they ever need dividing?

I'm hoping there will, a) be some good after shots for you, and b) that we will be in town if and when it happens. For the time being, the roses on this table are the only kind appearing on the property!

Yesterday's jaunt out turned up this large ironstone pitcher. Perfect for garden bouquets.


Check out those lattice details at the base!

Botanical prints fill in and help with the waiting. . . .

. . . As does a vintage print panel covering the garden table.

. . .  And a cheery mix of vintage anonymous patterned china.

Another find from yesterday will make a darling garden gift.

Happy gardening!


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  1. Beautiful! You always post the most amazingly gorgeous photos, Jacqueline!

    I am especially fond of your outdoor shots, how I love to have pretty tea things outdoors.

    I was hoping to get a few shots today but it was SO windy - no way I was going to be able to do it.

    Hope you share this with Pink Satuday - it would be adored, for sure.

    Have a great weekend.

    Big hugs.

  2. More beautiful images of your garden and outdoor area. Each one could be a note card.

  3. I enjoyed this a lot. I think we must be a good month behind you. Our lilacs haven't even started yet.

  4. Oh so beautiful! I want to spend an afternoon there!!! Incidentally, that embroidery of a young girl watering the flowers was the exact same pattern as my very first embroidery as a girl. Thank you for sharing it!

  5. Jacqueline: Another kind person making me jealous because of the lilacs or the lack of, in my case. Soon!!! All little pretties are precious. Beautiful pitcher and I love the little lass with the bonnet on the cloth. Yes, those look like violets, smell sweetly, and yes, you do have to divide day lillies,but don't take my word on how often..Happy Weekend..Judy

  6. Hi J,
    I am so EXCITED by your gorgeous garden shots!! The lilac and pitcher an amazing pairing! Yes Violets with a pretty light colored leaf... Sunbonnet Sue looks right at home:-) I am eager for the roses... you'll have them LONG before me!!!
    Enjoy the yummy sunshine, our is due to arive tomorrow, tomorrow, TOMORROW!! Yeah!

  7. violets are my most favorite of flowers. they bring back such fond memories. i do hope your roses will wonderful again! your garden escape is lovely! have a wonderful week-end Jacqueline! ;)

  8. Lovely, lovely, lovely Jacqueline! Beautiful garden and gorgeous dishes! Happy Earth Day weekend.

  9. Your pictures are exquisite! I always enjoy visiting ....

  10. Good Evening Jacqueline Sweetie...
    Oh what a gorgeous share this evening. I love seeing your garden setting.

    The pitcher is just perfect for bouquet arrangements. Can't wait to see what you do. Love that lattice work trim as well. So, so pretty.

    Your tablecloth is gorgeous and perfect for the occasion. The perfect choice dear one.

    Your roses are going to be gorgeous. Sometimes they need a little trim back to come in fuller. (It sure did help mine. They are starting to come into their glory, but it won't be long and it will be too HOT and no flowers will exist for me. I am enjoying them while I can.)

    I love lilacs and seeing yours, in my mind I could smell the wonderful fragrance and see the gorgeous blooms as well. They are beautiful. The colorful is so light and airy.

    Thank you for sharing sweet friend. Have a glorious weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  11. Gorgeous! I'd like to attend a garden party in this garden!

  12. I like so much in this post Jacqueline. The pitcher is just lovely, and I really like the stone walls as a background. I bet those roses go mad now, as roses love a good prune. They are tough as old boots. xx

  13. I love that ironstone jug, it's a lovely shape. I've cut one of my old shrub roses back hard this year and am now keeping my fingers crossed!

  14. Darling Jacqueline your corner is so peaceful. I love so much lilac, divine perfume, but they fade so quickly...
    Beautiful photos, thank you!

  15. Beautiful ,beautiful , beautiful.

    I worked on my roses this week. They are blooming like mad. They adore being fed!
    fantastic photos.
    beautiful outside setting.
    thank you Jaqueline.

  16. Your photos are always gorgeous, Jacqueline, no matter what time of day you take them!
    It looks so beautiful where you are, and your recent finds are so pretty! Enjoy your weekend!

  17. Such pretty pics! I love your new ironstone pitcher. Enjoy the spring time weather! :)

  18. I would be happy to sit in your garden for a spell! Lovely photos!

  19. Oh, I am really keeping my fingers crossed that you will get lots of roses this year. Think of the heavenly smell. :)

  20. Such a lovely post for Pink Saturday. My favorite of the flowers are the lovely Lilacs. And oh my, this does make me want to have my grandkids over, dig out the cute childrens toy tea sets, and have a fun party to celebrate spring. Thank you for the inspiration.

  21. Beautiful pictures!!!
    I love them all!!! I love the pictures of the lilacs, I sure miss the fragrance of them!!!

    Happy Pink Saturday!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  22. Ah Jacqueline, everything is so beautiful!! My lilacs are no where near blooming. However, we have sun today!! First time in months!!! It was foggy til 11:30 but cleared to a blue sky that is so welcome! So maybe soon. Meanwhile, loving your beautiful photos. Kay

  23. Your violets and lilacs are just stunning...beautiful outdoor pictures. I love your table! As have an eye for detail and your pictures are fabulous! :)


  24. Hi Jaqueline, you have no idea how happy your posts make me : ) Your photos are so beautiful every time. I can practically smell those lilacs! Ahh! I love the pink faded hue. It's so delicate and romantic. Love everything about this table - the pitcher (would be lovely as a vase too ; ) the vintage china, and the print panel on the table. It's all wonderful!

    Happy Sunday!

    Danielle xo

  25. Oh, so beautiful photos from your garden. Also the post under is sooo fantastic.

    Hugs Bente

  26. Your flowers are beautiful, Jacqueline! Roses are so resilient ~ my hubby chopped down a climbing rose that was planted too close to our house and the brazen thing came back up! I didn't read the previous comments, so someone may have said, yes, those are wild violets. Many people consider them a weed and look to eradicate them, but I used to encourage them in my beds. They made for a great ground cover and helped shield the roots of my roses at our old house.

  27. What wonderful finds you found. Love the pitcher and the gardening gal on the towel is so sweet. Your lilac photos are beautiful. Your plant does look like a violet or maybe a Forget me not. Was the bloom down low or up on a small stem? Day lilies will do better if divided after the clumps get too large. Although it won't hurt if you don't. All of your china is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Most beautiful! Your garden is gorgeous.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  29. Very pretty. Your roses will probably do much better after being pruned. I love lilacs but don't have any.

    We have those wild violets, too. I love them in spring but they are so invasive. I pull them in some places and leave them in others.

    Beautiful china.

  30. Snipping back roses (usually in the Fall) is the very best way to get them to bloom and thrive, Jacqueline. I hope yours do well!! And I love how the little violets are growing at their feet. Whenever the first violets appear in early spring, I bring a small handful inside and put them in an empty glass salt shaker -- a pretty addition to a table and a promise of things to come! Happy Spring to you! Enjoy your beautiful garden space.

  31. So beautiful! I think I can smell the lilacs!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  32. So beautiful! I think I can smell the lilacs!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  33. Really love your stuff . You have a wonderful hand at arrangements, just delights my heart Thank you.

  34. Gorgeous photos, Jacqueline! I love the lilacs with the ironstone pitchers. Your tablescape is just plain yummy! Yep - those are violets! Tenacious little gals, they are! And yep - daylilies bloom more when they are divided every 3-4 years or so.

    xoxo laurie


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