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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

the beatrix potter gardener's year book


in keeping with our theme this week of beatrix potter, we have included this delightful garden diary. each month practical information and interesting observations are provided by caroline kennedy, an experienced garden designer. garden sketches dot the pages, but this is a book to be written by you. there are blank page just waiting for your words to tumble about and share your garden delights. in the back of the book you can brush up on your latin, list your seed and propagation dates and even include your wish list and special addresses. this would be a delightful gift for your special garden friends~









join me while i share my morning walk in the garden this fine spring day. i always head out early with a basket and pruning shears in hand, i never can resist a taste here, a sniff there, or snip any where. by the time i have looped around my hill, a good hour has been lost, the dogs have run wild, nuzzled back for kisses a dozen of times and managed to swim from pools, to ponds, to fountains as we count the endless stairs...

my walk starts high on the hill in the orchard, of course i am instantly drawn to the orange blossoms, truly the scent of angels...









you can see the birth of an orange as the flowers drop...





i can almost pick lemons year round, but right now the boughs are so heavy they are dragging across the path...







the prune tree is a mass of snowy blossoms on the dark bark as i duck to pass, but i am being drawn to the endless mounds of jasmine smothering my garden...









my busy bee takes a moment to join me in the cutting garden gazebo, i painted this floor well over 20 years ago~







and she is off and running again, racing past genie~










while they girls race about i continue on with my gathering~




































i always bring my bounty back up to the deck and sort through the days treasures in the shade of the pavilion by the trickling fountain. i often place my flowers in the water to cool as i sort through the jumbles. today i nestled in with a pot of tea and toast served with mr mccregors parsley honey, the recipe was found in beatrix potter country cooking. what a better time to record my morning delights in my gardeners year book...

















































... a quiet life...

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